JK54B (1535) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg III Erasmus at Pikkulintu 22.8.2008. Thanks Markku !!!. Pale brown head. Malty and syropy nose. Some hints of prune and dried fruits in the nose. Soft sweet and malty taste with hints of chocolate and coffee also some licorice.
Adenila (1557) - DENMARK - AUG 24, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Traded with Beerbiker for a Casablanca pale lager, thanks for another great deal!
Black with an enourmous brown head inviting to be eaten with a spoon. Aroma is a mix between roasted dark chocolate and sweet milk chocolate along with cane suger and some subtly fruity notes. Flavor is plesant and wellbalanced. The suger sticks to your lips and goes well with the complex sweet and roasted bitter malty body. The yeast makes this imp stout very refined and unique so overall it was a great experience!
mjs (3994) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Draught, Keg III Erasmus, at Pikkulintu on 2008-08-22. Thank you Markku!) Pitch black. Small brown head. Chocolate, vanilla, alcohol and roastedness in nose. Full-bodied palate with medium carbonation. Chocolate, vanilla, roastedness, little coffee and light bitterness. Vanilla flavours and aromas grow stronger when beer gets warmer. Very good.
redlight (2299) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich rum and raison aromas, plums, dried figs. Pours black with a thin tan head. Some smoke in the flavor, rich dark malts, burnt coffee, some molasses and rum like flavors, smooth chocolatey aftertaste. Excellent beer.
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Sparky27!! Thanks! Pours pitch black with a thick dark tan head. Has little aroma for the style. What I do smell is dark roasted malts. But its very subtle. Has a heavy mouthfeel. When I swallow this its so heavy I have to push it down. I get a sharp alcohol taste just after it goes down, then I taste bitter chocolate, dark malt, dark coffee, subtle caramel, and finishes with a bitter flavor that may come from the chocolate or possibly hops or both. This is a complex brew that I am grateful to have tried. Thanks Eric!!
thewolf (10535) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ YNWA, Kolding.
Pours opaque and completely black. A giant, staying, creamy, cappucino-brown head. Great duration. Aroma is a bit underwhelming for a 13 % beer. Roasted tones, some soft plums and a touch of dark Guetamala coffee. Medium carbonation, but only a mild creaminess. But when aroma and mouthfeel was a bit of a let-down, the flavour is stunningly complex. Let tartness at first, some liquorice giving game. Lots of hard roasted malts and a truly wonderful, lingering aftertaste. Soft viniousity and dark, dry, chocolate. There is hops - a lot of hops - in here, but it never does anything but balance out the wonderful flavour. In a few years, the aroma might have settled, and this will be a world-class beer - now it is just behind the best.
Sammy (7714) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thank you for sending Absumaster. Absolutely black, with a bit of creamy head, it looks rich and thick. Aroma of maltiness and a little coffee roast. The flavour is chocolate,roast, malt, a little coffee, mid-sip bitterness. The real feature of this beer is its balance. Its not too sweet, not too chocolate. Just eminently drinkable. A fine RIS.
Gusgus (227) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ratebeer #100. Bottle, thanks marsiblursi! Pours pitch black with large, café latte colored creamy head. Very vinous aroma with red fruits, some yeast and acrid sourness from the black grains. Very soft mouthfeel with slight sweetnes and a hint of sourness. Vinous with long chocolatey aftertaste. Earthy bitterness in the finis with a strange vegetal bitternes, like radish.
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Chris at Ebenezer’s for sharing this one. Poured deep black in color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, and some spices . Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, figs and a very mild alcohol warming. Very complex and very nice. I understand there are 2 versions of this around. I also understand that the version I’m rating is the better one.
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by masonjer. Poured black with a decent sized (for an imperial stout) chocolate brown head. Aroma was surprisingly fruity - dark cherries supported by roasted malt. Overall flavor is definitely closer to a quad than an impy, save the dark roast backbone. Loads of dark fruit and a distinct vinous character. Alcohol presence is subtle. Lots of carbonation and a lighter than anticipated mouthfeel. Despite the difficulties with classifying its style, it’s definitely a remarkable beer.