Doctormirk (100) - USA - MAY 6, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beer 100! Yeah! Flavor is of dark chocolate truffles coffee and a bit of raspberry. This rating is from memory, I lost my notes... But I’ll be back to re-rate when I open my second bottle.
Sudz4Dayz (21) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml 2015 Release bottle purchased at the Beverage Warehouse in Winooski, VT. Pours black with a brownish hue, quickly dissipating mocha head, evident carbonation bubbles all along the inside of the glass. Smells of cocoa, roasted coffee, dark fruits and copious amounts of alcohol (not in a good way). Tastes ok, heavy roasted cocoa and slight coffee taste. Dark fruits and A lot of alcohol coming through, meh. Medium to watery mouthfeel. Given its overall rating, kind of disappointing.
SeniorZozo (1265) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 18, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
TAP @ #1 Bevog Beerfestival Austria. I’m trying this beer on a recommendation that has never led me wrong once again proving to be a good source. A strong aroma, a tan colour with a taste tgat bursts with flavour.
UjoKlobasa (612) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 15, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark chestnut, almost black color, tan head. Dominant aroma is coffee. Tin of chocolate. Heavy sweet, oily texture, alcohol is not hidden. Very good.
Cristobal37 (792) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 13, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Some gingerbread on the nose. Bitter chocolate black liqourice imp stout. Dried black fruits, cinnamon and medicinal bitterness. It’s not a sweet stout and it’s a massive beer. Pretty cool, must try. Bitter at the end. Not as bitter overall as I expected, some honey seeetness to it. Complex, well done.
AdolfoCC (168) - Veracruz, Veracruz, MEXICO - SEP 12, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2016, servida en un Spiegelau tulip. APARIENCIA: de color completamente negro, no pasa la luz a través de ella, corona de espuma color beige de buena retención, con burbujas compactas y algunas abiertas al centro.
AROMA: licorosa, notas a chocolate amargo y semiamargo que destacan, café tostado, umami, cuero, vainilla, frutos oscuros como cerezas negras.
SABOR: de inicio amargo y ligeramente dulce, seguido de notas a chocolate amargo y semiamargo que es lo que predomina, café tostado, cerezas negras, umami pero en mucha menor medida que en aroma, cuero, vainilla. El retrogusto un amargor medio como si fuera un café americano, con persistencia de los sabores tostados y algunas notas a chocolate.
SENSACIÓN: cuerpo medio alto con buena sensación sedosa en boca, baja carbonatación. El alcohol bien escondido, sólo se siente en garganta al pasar el líquido de forma cálida.
RESUMEN: Una sólida RIS
bpreo (2524) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2016
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
It’s not perfect, but at nearly 11% alcohol, who cares?! It’s a damn good beer.
Lore (2167) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 10, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2016 Many thanks for sharing, Cristobal37! Almost black colour, minimal beige head; aroma of chocolate, anise, herbal notes, some tobacco and roasted nuts; taste is surprisingly sweet like honeybread (thanks for the synonime, Chris) with anise herbal liqueur and chocolate; just simply amazing!
SkillsFactory (548) - ITALY - SEP 10, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Release 2016, 10,8% ABV, imbottigliata il 23 agosto 2016, aperta il 10 settembre 2016.
Nera con riflessi caramello, schiuma nocciola di media persistenza.
Aroma prevalente di caffè, cacao amaro, liquirizia, anice e note di ribes nero.
Al palato attacca sempre con caffè amaro, caramello, poi in successione liquirizia, cacao amaro, ancora caffè amaro ed infine zucchero bruciato.
Man mano che si scalda il cacao si fa sempre più presente sia nell’aroma che al palato.
Corpo pieno, mediamente carbonata.
kapusil (1178) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 10, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2016 0.66l bottle thanks to Cristobal37. Black body, light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, tobacco coffee, anis, plums and floral hops. Taste of chocolate, caramel, grapes, grapefruit, cloves, honey and floral hops. Very nice beer.
Alengrin (4519) - BELGIUM - SEP 10, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the great classics in the American craft beer revolution, finally got my hands on a bomber, from the 2016 edition at 10.8% ABV (so not the 10.5% mentioned here and with slightly different label). Thick and very regular, lightly lacing, deep tan coloured, creamy head resting on top of an ink black beer only revealing its burgundy hue on the edges and under bright light. Strong and classic ’impy’ aroma of espresso beans, bitter chocolate, mocha ice cream, undisturbing ’haemoglobin’ iron as in many Stone beers, burnt cane sugar, black tea, leather, unsmoked pipe tobacco, parsley, ’Haagse hopjes’, moldy walnuts, toasted brown bread, gin, nutmeg, toffee, cocoa nibs even though they aren’t physically there, dried plums, black peppercorns and some faint varnish-like solvents, but only in the very end and embedded into the whole so not bothering me at all. Lovely start: some restrained candied, raisin-like sweetness opens with a thin umami coating and a sourish undercurrent of roasted barley, burnt sugar-like sensations, immediately coating the mouth cavity and with the perfect softish amount of carbonation, prickling just a little bit here and there. Dried fruits and caramelized sugar are effortlessly carried onwards by a wave of smooth, thick, creamy maltiness, deeply and pleasantly nutty at first with toffeeish edges, deeply toasted and gaining more and more fondant- and black coffee-like roasted bitterness towards the end, where it gets the company of peppery hops adding a layer of spicy, long-lasting bitterness to the powerful roasted flavour, followed by a glow of warming, gin- and somewhat whisky-like alcohol. Caramelly malt sweetness lingers along with the roasted bitterness and the hops. Clean, to the point, rich and potent: this is an exemplary imperial stout. More experimental elaborations of the style may have surpassed it meanwhile, this is still very classic, almost ’English’, in its general make-up, but beers like this are apparently indestructible and still act as milestones and style references in an ever shifting craft beer culture. I guess this could be one of many perfect introductions to the imperial stout style, it has the right body, stature, perfect technical execution, balance of style characteristics and historical background for that. I love a good imperial stout like so many other beer geeks do, and this feels like revisiting my first experiences with the style. Lovely, righteously a classic indeed.