polo_marco (297) - milton, Vermont, USA - APR 14, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Coffee chocolate roasted malts and hint of booze. Silky rich dark black color. Super chocolatey some coffee and roasted malts with a hint of boozeiness on the backend. Creamy and smooth Full body stout with nice carbonation. Over all this is a big brew with tons of flavor but the boozeiness is a bit off putting. Not to shabby.
Zlotta (1800) - Amstelveen, NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.15 l on tap at ’Beertemple’. Pitch black with a frothy, tan head. Sweetish-malty, slightly roasty aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, some hazelnut and hints of licorice. Sweetish-malty, slightly roasty taste of dark chocolate, some coffee, hazelnut and a bit of vanilla, followed by a short, roasty-bitter finish. Medium to full body, creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Very tasty and round, no alcohol detectable at all, but lacks complexity.
drjoeng (738) - SINGAPORE - APR 10, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 Classic Release.
10.6%ABV. Russian Imperial Stout.
Poured out black. 40ºSRM.
Nose is sweet with the syrupy cloy of stewed dark fruit and prunes. Dark chocolate and some coffee. There is a spicy sweetness to it that is reminiscent of Japanese curry which tends to be sweet. There is also a sweet medicinal aspect to the nose which is described locally as the palate of Chinese cooling tea, or by the western palate as licorice.
Mouthfeel is soapy and almost syrupy. Palate is aggressively alcoholic. There are roasted malt and dark malt flavors of black bread, with an nice oat-y base. Coffee with espresso at the back of the palate, likely a function of the alcohol. Hard to tell if there are hops, which may be bitter because of the deeply roasted malt flavors or the alcohol.
Finish is dry and there is no ume but instead some nice sweet prune, dates and plums in the palate on the finish.
Overall, a very full bodied brew that showcases the style so very very very well. As the brew warms you start to appreciate more of the abundant grain bill with dark malts, roasted malt and oats which are somewhat left over that the yeast in the bottle didn’t convert to alcohol.
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Booga (56) - Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2016
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorite non-BA imperial stouts. Nice and chocolatey, roasty. Not a lot of sweetness and very bitter. Great consistency and tight carbonated bubbles. Pours a three finger head. This is great beer!
NordicV (1912) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Svart öl med ett gräddigt brunt skum. Doft av torkad frukt, lakrits, malt och rostade toner. Samma i smaken.
nazzty (1212) - Ödåkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2016
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I had this stored for 1,5 years before I opened it with great anticipation. What a disappointment. The balance is not there and the alcohol taste is dominating over some nice flavors of licorice and coffee.
ABT_S54 (352) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
65cl bottle shared in a snifter. Pours thick black with a foamy tan head which lasts well. Aroma is chocolate - almost praline in its luxuriance. Nice velvety mouthfeel which complements the sweet and decadent taste perfectly. Possibly the finest non barrel aged Imperial Stout I have tried. Fantastically well balanced with a subtle bitterness but mostly sweet and delicious.
wombat23 (516) - Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared 22 oz. bottle. 2015 edition. Pours brown-black with a light brown head. Moderate lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and has some earthiness to it. Very rich, and it’s smooth and drinkable for the ABV, which is well-hidden. Full-bodied. Very good.
darbeer75 (391) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: roasty coffee with malt; picking up some of the anise; Appearance: pitch black with thin, tan head that dissipates slowly; Taste: layers of flavor, from coffee to malt to some fruitiness (getting some prune) to booziness; very delicious; maybe a tad too boozy/pruney, but still great; Palate: heavy body with long, sweet/bitter finish; Overall: very yummy on all levels; will definitely buy again.
davidm (2068) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 12, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Chocolate, vanilla, coffee, rum. Syrupy palate. Sweet with bitter notes. Great example of a great style.