sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Royal Stout? What the hell is that? It’s damn good, that’s what. Got my hands on this rarity thanks to Four Firkins. Expensive 11.2 oz. bottle catches your eye with it’s great looking artwork. Pours black with creamy brown head. Smells heavy of molasses and sweetness. Mouthfeel is oily and silky-smooth, definately enjoyable. Taste is definate molasses and brown sugar. The 13% alcohol is not noticeable at all. Similar to Peche Mortal, but heavier and oilier. This is certainly a treat and one of my new favorites. Too bad it’s so rare.
Papsoe (25072) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 33 cl. Pours completely opaque black with a dense and creamy light brown head. Aroma of hard roasted malt, vanilla and alcohol. Very full-bodied with a soft mouthfeel, sweet hard roasted malts and bitter dark chocolate with a little vanilla. Malt bitter finish. No way of telling that this is 100 IBUs! A sweet and not overly burned Imperial Stout. Listenining to La Brabanconne on YouTube while drinking this didn’t really add all that much to the experience! 030309
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2009
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of Rustychiles via the elusive Footy (thanks big time guys!).
Pours a midnight black with quite the frothy tan head. This has got to be the best smelling russian imperial stout (belgian royal stout, whatever) I have ever partaken of. Lots of belgian candi sugar and coffee notes. Taste is a very distinct pattern of candi sugar and coffee, followed by the merest hint of belgian yeast character, then some hop bitterness, and leaves you with some black patent acrid flavor. The aftertaste is probably the only part about the beer that I dislike. I really wish that it were as decadent as the rest of the beer. Simply amazing.
TheBookPolice (4) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2009 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Brasserie V in Madison, WI (although probably not after tonight). Well-mannered for 13% ABV. Rich, fruity, but not thick or heavy. Head builds on itself, like simmering molten sugar. An honor to taste.
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of the elusive Footy.
Pours a nice dark brown to black with an illustrious brown head and sticky lacing. Aroma is belgian candi sugar, dark malts, molasses, rich chocolate and belgian yeasts. Flavor is candi sugar, yeasts, coffee, chocolate,dark fruits, rasins and a nice bitter hop finish. Thanks for this Footster, you’re awesome.
marcbé (86) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pitch black body toped by a very thick and foamy tan head. Alcohol, wood, fruit and roated aroma. Strong flavor of coffee with raisin and alcohol. well balance even for this abv. Quite good but there a little something I don’t like, I don’t know what....But it’s very little.
changeup45 (1725) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2010 Bottle from Knightly Spirits. This pours out black in color with a big fluffy tan head. Coffee, chocolate, yeast, as well as some dark fruit character, plums and figs, in the aroma. Flavor pretty much follows suit with all the same flavors picked up with the addition of some bitter piney hops. A bit roasty but very slick and smooth drinking, especially for such a big brew. Very little of the 13% alcohol noticed. Excellent beer. A nice evening sipper.
daniele (6782) - ITALY - MAR 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Gravity Head: Midnight black pour with a foamy beige cap. The aroma is surprisingly subtle and hard to pull from this beer. The beer was served near cellar temp and I couldn’t smell anything at first. Very strange - when the beer came to room temp, it finally displayed some mild coffee, vanilla and cocoa notes, but still soft and not easily discernible. The body is thick and creamy, very enjoyable. Deep notes of cocoa, brownie, vanilla bean, roasted coffee all intermingle with a very light, but perceivable, Belgian yeast strain. Hops are not noticeable and do not make an impact. I haven’t been able to understand the fascination of Impy stouts brewed with Belgian yeast. Everything seems a bit jumbled and misguided. I can’t quite fully enjoy either one separately and together they just don’t fully jive. This was a fine drinker and all, but I wouldn’t seek it out again.
HenrikSoegaard (11863) - Randers, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown excellent mostly lasting head. black colour. Fantastic powerfull complex aroma dominated by vanilla and wood. Powerfull perfect flavor. Very nice balance between hopps chocolate coffee and vanilla/wood. Long wonderfull finish. Very creamy palate.
World class beer.