hotstuff (3950) - Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rated on 12-27-2011 (Bottle) This beer has a small smooth light brown head that is mostly lasting, opaque dark brown body, fizzy carbonation observed, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, citrus, pine hops, and spicy. The flavor is heavily bitter, citrus fruits, pine hops and roasted malt. The mouthfeel is aggressive and lively. This beer is medium bodied. The hops are upfront in this beer but not over-the-top. There is a lingering roasty aftertaste to this beer. This beer is very, very good and is more than worthy of trying.
ansalon (946) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a medium brown head. Aroma is chocolate, honey, coffee, muscovado sugar, vanilla, some oaked notes. Taste is chocolate, honey, coffee, muscovado sugar, vanilla. Aftertaste is vanilla, chocolate, espresso, slight chili. Great! (Cellared two years, bottle at Man in the Moon, Stockholm).
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Nische (530) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours jet black with a large brown head and good lacing. Smell is of cocoa, vanilla, malt, and hops. Taste is of dark chocolate, malt, hops, a touch of licorice, bitter, coffee and bourbon. Ends a little bitter. Excellent.
MattiasA (617) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Backlog, bottle purchased at Systembolaget a limited release. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate some bitterness that lingers.
Svesse (5874) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Black colour with lasting, frothy, pale brown head. Roasted, hoppy nose with notes of pine needles, black rye bread, strong black coffee, cocoa, dark chocolate, liquorice and ashes. Malty, roasted, hoppy taste with strong black coffee/espresso, liquorice, cocoa, dark chocolate, black rye bread, pine needles, resin and a generous coffee/piney bitterness in a finish with a slight alcohol glow. Full body, slightly oily mouthfeel. Starts off quite dry and gets sweeter towards the end. Quite impressive, loads of taste and quite powerful. Still well balanced and highly enjoyable. Lovely beer!
deyholla (5972) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has strong dark grains with bitter roasted malts and a bit of underlying earthy pine. Flavor has strong dark grains and musty pine with a bit of roast towards the finish.
kevinator (717) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really good and just a notch below the Sublimely Self-Righteous. Dark malt and hoppy aroma. Very dark with a brown head. Great blend of flavors with toasted notes and strong hops. The feel is velvety with an average weight. Well balanced and a great beer.
Fritz123 (783) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a wonderful black color with an offwhite head into a snifter at the Syb Pig. Beautiful lacing. Powerful aroma of malts, hops, rye and cocoa nibs. Taste was well balanced between the heavy roasted malts and the bitter hops. Some pine, but bitter profile won out. Medium body and carbonation. Finished strong with solid hops and dark roasted malts.
harrymel (1448) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Was looking for something to tear me up this morning to expedite nocturne.
A: Heavy pour produces two fingers of dark mocha head atop a black ale. The head falls rather slowly to a firm quilt of the same. Sheet lacing. Damn good looking beer.
S: Pine cones, grapefruit, cinnamon, coffee grounds, marzipan (?), hints of smoked oak. Really thoughtful as a ABA (much less Impy). When I smell this, I keep expected some molasses to come through, but much to my satisfaction, it does not - it would have tipped the scale too much one way. Right now, this beer is exceptionally balanced in my olfactory.
T: Sharp, dull, sweet and bitter all at once. Very complex flavor here. Coffee grounds, bitter cocoa, roasted almonds, hints of licorice, resin and piny hops, grapefruit rinds. Really nice battle for attention going on over the palate.
M: Creamy and heavy with velveteen carbonation. Finish is long and viscous. Really pleasant.
O: Greg and the boys are firing on all cylinders with this one. Damn fine beer which pushes the limits of a still young genre. They have had one of the longest running in the style, it’s not surprising that they would spearhead the movement to imperialize on a national scale. Good shit. Seek out.
Serving type: bottle
alobar (2619) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours like black motor oil with a tan head. Aroma of citrus, pine, roasted malt, and chocolate. Chocolate, fruit flavor with roasted malt, pine, and a well-balanced bitterness. Great beer!