kramer (4550) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pitch black body with a frothy tight bubbled dark brown head that had nice retention and lingered like the head of an actual espresso. Pretty great nose, lots of rich dark toast coffee and roasted malt. Smells very intense, almost more like an espresso than a beer. The flavor has just the right intensity of coffee, it’s head to head and neither had the upper hand. A little bit of chocolate and burnt caramel on the finish along with a fairly noticeable alcohol kick. Thick and chewy body with just a little clinginess and soft fizzy carbonation. Rather warming on the finish from the alcohol. Pretty nice beer, I like this considerably more than the regular version.
olr1984 (835) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bomber pours a dark brown with a tan head. Roasted malt and coffee taste.
jhliesen (692) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber--really, really wonderful stuff, I waited for a cool to cold evening to drink the beer and it was perfect. The chocolate and coffee aroma hits you as you are pouring the beer. As a non-coffee drinker, I have no idea on what espresso smells like, but I like the coffee smell. The beer is black with a good size, tan head that leaves lots of lacing, looks delish. The taste is chocolate, roast malts and a coffee kick. Nice thick, solid finish. Lives up to its reputation. Mansion house, 7.00.
Vighals (634) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - FEB 12, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sort med lys brunt tynt skum. Espresso, vanilje og mørke tørker bær. Bitter kaffe og litt salt smak. Kjenner en del kullsyre i denne imp. stouten. Lang salt og bitter ettersmak.
arsol (339) - NORWAY - FEB 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Svart med beige skum. Lukter mørkbrent kaffe og svisker. Esprosso kommer godt fram i smak og det er mye kullsyre til en stout å være.
MattiasA (235) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is (of course) dominated by roasted coffee, dark chocolate, raisins and licorice. It’s a good beer overall, but it’s got some way to go to the top. Bought at Systembolaget about 6 months ago.
GSH1976 (187) - Delaware, USA - FEB 8, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Growler from State Line Liquor. Pours an almost pitch black with khaki colored head. Aroma is strong roasted malt and coffee. Taste follows the nose with a strong bitterness. I find it difficult to differentiate between the Imperial Russian Stouts due to the subtleties as compared to Imperial IPAs but this beer is solid. Medium to full bodied and very smooth. I would definitely purchase this one again.
blipp (5594) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Iron Monkey Jersey City. Pours near black. Medium roasted malts, sweet coffee, hints of dark fruits, light boozy notes, and medium malty sweetness. Pretty good; not overly sweet.
Vignale (1744) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaska från SB ca ett halvår gammal. Stor kropp, kärv doft och smak med mycket kaffe. Stora kärva smaker av hårdrostat kaffe, mörk choklad, men också viss sötma som rundar av smakerna och en lite örtigare grön kaffesmak. Som att dricka kärv espresso. Maffigt och riktigt gott.
cpetrone84 (1160) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is black with dark caramel head. The nose has a strong roasted coffee up front, touch of anise, slight dark malt and caramel. Taste is even more roasted coffee, notes of dark chocolate, roasted brown sugar and caramel with some faint berry sweetness in back. Body is thick and viscous, strong carbonation to balance, sticky and chewy.