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 (612) - 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 (437) - 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 (2069) - 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.
tfontana (664) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 24, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2016 Bottle pour from Wally’s. Aroma is rich roasted maltiness, dark fruits, cocoa and light anise. Appearance is opaque black with ring of light brown head, trace lacing. Taste is strong dark fruits, sweet roasted malts, cocoa, some alcohol. Almost ash aftertaste (but pleasantly so). Palate is medium bodied with creamy texture and average carbonation with late lively zing; finish is balance of sweet and bitter. Overall, very good but not the flirting-with-perfection, heavy, totally decadent treat I was expecting from a Top 50 beer. Definitely better as it warms.
1600Eman (13) - Dundee, SCOTLAND - FEB 13, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is malt, chocolate and mild alcohol. Light carbonation. Pours black, light head, very little lacing. Taste is toffee, licorice, chocolate and dark fruits. Nice oily mouthfeel and a dry bitter finish. Would prefer slightly less bitterness but a great Imp
Niko100 (2659) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich dark brown/black color; Heavy creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, coffee, & chocolate; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, coffee, caramel/vanilla, dark fruit (notably prunes), and dark chocolate; Warm finish; Nicely balanced; Very good.
LLaurin (293) - Motala, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice appearance with black and dark tanned head. Coffee and cocoa bean on the taste and also on palate. Dry taste although with alcoholic sweetness but not taking over hand. Finish is mighty and longlasting
pjoo (26) - FINLAND - JAN 22, 2016
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Aroma thin but complex. Taste very robust and balanced, with perfect mouthfeel.
madchemist83 (250) - USA - JAN 19, 2016
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Almost 3 years old. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, caramel and molasses. A bit of alcohol as well. Pours dark brown with small head that quickly dissapears. Very smooth, taste of coffee and roasted malts. Finish is on the dry side with a perfect balance. Age it and you’ll see the difference.