artmcd8 (1662) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz 2007 release thanks to changeup45. Pours black with not much carbonation. I was worried when I smelled a slight tinge of sourness. All the worries went away with a taste. The sweet malty smell has gotten quite complex after 6 years. I can get some alcohol in the nose but it doesn’t bring any heat with the taste. Quite thick in the mouth feel. Goes down smooth without the huge bite of a new RIS.
David_87 (13) - - OCT 31, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours as black as they come.
Aroma is hoppy for the style, in a very good way though, love it.
Huge flavor, coffee, chocolate, hops, simply everything! The alcohol is masked in a dangerous way. My one gripe with this one is that it wasn´t available in a smaller bottle.
2014 release, bomber from SB
Marduk (2811) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
660ml bottle (shared by FatPhil, thanks). Pitch black color. Medium size, brown head, stays. Malty, chocolate, roast, spicy minty aroma. Malty, orange, citrus, chocolate in taste. Alcohol is very well covered. Well balanced.
FatPhil (9423) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
660ml bottle (Alko Arkadia, Helsinki)
Pleasant roast aroma. Pleasant roasty taste too. Full and smooth palate. Very nice balanced roast. Remarkably light for its strength. Later it gets a little heavier.
jflopsu (588) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark black with light brown head. Has a strong chocolate and light coffee aroma. Has a strong malty, coffee, sweet caramel, and light chocolate taste. Medium body. Lingering coffee taste.
Reimer96 (1294) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an opaque black with a nice small brown head. Aroma of bittersweet cocoa, chocolate, coffee, anise and roasted malts. Taste is anise, roasted malts, sweet cocoa, coffee, light fruitiness & a hint of alcohol heat on the finish. Full bodied RIS with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel and a complexity of flavors. Smell is big and the taste is too but ever so delicately balanced. This is the 2014 version & I’m sure this could easily be a 4.5+ beer with a couple years of aging.
dfearnley (1036) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft to taster
Caramel, toasted malt, nutmeg, rum, cocoa, coffee. Black, thin creamy tan head. Cocoa, coffee, toasted malt, bread.
linusb (33) - SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small and nice head. Deep dark colour. A: Plum, coffee, some sherrytone. T: Coffee, apricot, nice heavy alcohol heat!
eduardovl (891) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
600ml bottle served in a snifter.
A: Pours a deep oiled like black color forming a thin dark brown head. Small retention and only some lacings left in the glass
S: Sweet upfront. Sweet caramel, dark chocolate, roasted malts. Biscuity. Notes of dark fruits and coffee. Alcohol can be felt in the end
T: Sweet upfront. Caramel, roasted malts, notes of dark chocolate. Backbone is mainly the malt, very malty beer. End is mainly roasted sweet-bitterness and strong notes of grassy-earthy hops. Excellent bitterness, BTW
M: Heavy creamy body. Molasses. Low carbonation. Sweet upfront and strong bitter aftertaste
O: Easy drinking. Great beer!
[ BA Review @ 7/28/2012 ]
mathieuc (1409) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a really dark brown with a medium brown head that fades into a small film but at least leaves good lacing. Nose is of fusels or at least really hot alcohol, chocolate and coffee. "In your face" you might say. Some licorice also. Taste is of buttery caramel, milk chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. A lot of alcohol also, hot hot hot. No ash, good! Pretty bitter, not sure if from malt or hops but at least it isn’t acrid. It almost goes without saying that body is full. Carbonation is on the lower side reinforcing the smooth mouthfeel. Overall a good imperial stout but not a crazy good one. Way too intense and rough, I wouldn’t necessarily buy again.
outlawskies (964) - - OCT 12, 2014
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
It got Julie in back of the throat. Too bitter. She gives a 3
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