KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour with a finger thick creamy tan head that quickly dissipates. Sweet woody aroma with a touch of mocha. Roasted malt and some dark fruit also on the nose. Smooth medium mouth feel. It sweetens as it warms. Dark roasted malt on the tongue. Hints of dark fruit in the taste as well as a touch of alcohol. Dry mildly bitter finish.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours out in a opaque black colour with a with a low creamy off-white foam. Rich aroma of prunes, ainuse, black chocolate, yeast, ash, apricts and alcohol. Full-bodied with notes of ash, tar, ibj, pepper, raisins, prunes and black chocolate. Dense and chewy body. Long full aftertaste of tar, yeast, anise and chocolate. Tasty but still a bit young and raw.
darkguardian (727) - Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. While Dark Hozions was the favorite of the night, this was probably the most praised for its unique taste. Pours deep black with a gorgeous tan head. Oily on the glass, Nose is completely unlike any other imp stout, some things come through such as coffee and smoke but there are other odd flavors, raisin, banana, spiced cake and chocolate. As good as the nose is, and it is quite amazing the taste is remarkable. A perfect blend between an imperial stout and a beer such as Rochefort 10 (which we had later in the night) opens up with some coffee bitterness and chocolate and after that it kicks into a very belgian like middle with notes of cherry, banana, candi sugar, complex spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom perhaps) and finishes with a big chocolate dose and a bit of hops. Brilliant. I think on tap this would be a 5. Though smooth for 1 13% beer the transitions between the different tastes are a bit rough. There is definitely no other imperial stout out there like this, absolutely a MUST try.
Viper666 (2787) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bouteille 330ml, batch 14. (Importations Privées Bièropholie). De couleur noire et opaque. Nez de levures fruitées (raisins sucrés et vineux, cerises noires, léger de prunes, notes de figues), malté de malt rôti doux, de chocolat noir, moyen-léger de café avec des notes de caramel et de sucre brun, légèrement épicé (anis, notes de cannelle), de fumée de tabac et de houblon herbeux avec des notes dalcool, de vanille et boisées. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture riche, moyennement crémeuse et légèrement liquoreuse. Goût de levures fruitées sucrés (raisins vineux, cerises noires, léger de prunes sucrées, notes de figues) accompagné dun léger goût de fumée de tabac ainsi que de notes épicées (anis, cannelle) et de vanille lors de lentrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût moyennement amer de malt rôti, un goût de chocolat noir ainsi qu un léger goût de sucre brun, des notes de mélasse sucrée, de caramel toffee et de pain grillé. Parallèlement, lon retrouve un une moyenne amertume dalcool liquoreux doux et légèrement réchauffant ainsi qu un moyen goût de houblon herbeux (herbes mouillées) jusqu en finale avec un goût de café qui augmente à mesure que lon approche de la finale (faibles notes boisées également présentes en toute fin). Post-goût long et un peu sec, moyennement amer de rôti, de chocolat noir, de café, moyen de houblon herbeux et dalcool ainsi qu avec un goût fruité (moût de raisins vineux, de cerises et de prunes).
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - JAN 13, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2009 Bottle shared by Shyam at the 09er. Re-rated after buying a bottle of my own at AJs. Pours jet black with a lasting reddish-brown head that leaves small traces of lacing. Looks regal, for sure. Smells and tastes of red wine, hops, cherries, bakers cocoa, and faint cinnamon. Well spiced and balanced. A great hybrid of belgian and stout styles.
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 13, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Shyam at the 09er. Thanks very much! Nice clean obsidian texture and appearance with a better head than, say, BA Speed. So very smooth with a fresh and sweet quality about it - very Belgian, but not like Buffalo, and hence Royal. Fig, date, chocolate, only the very sweetest coffee. Highly vaporous. Beautiful.
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2010 12 oz draft poured on tap at Binny’s South Loop (Chicago, IL) in a very nice tulip glass. Pours a pitch black pour, maybe some brown around the edges with a coca-cola head that is moderate and laces. Aromas heavy on roasted malt and chocolate initially. Light cinnamon and coffee notes as well. Initial is heavy on the roasted malt up front, thick bodied wth a touch of charred maltiness. Moves into a coffee and chocolate feel, light booziness and sweetness follow suit. Roast is impressive, warming stomach effect. Light sweetness of bittersweet chocolate and bitter coffee mesh well. Very light dark and dried fruit notes (Much lighter than everyone else seems to be indicating), subtle carmel and vanilla. Very nice brew. Glad I got to try it as it was getting to the end. Cheers!
DalzAle (2009) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark black pour with a little lacing. Aroma was almost hot pepper spicy?! Flavor was mild, peppery and a little bitter, but very very good. Try to get some if you get a chance.
edelbrauer (61) - Rügen, GERMANY - JAN 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
deep black with a red hue, short lasting head, aroma is intense with strong plum fragrance, backed up by coffee and dark chocolate impressions, I am not quite sure if i like the combination by it sure is unique. But it is in the mouth where this brew really performs. It starts out sweet and rich becomes dry and very typical stoutish in the middle and finishes with a ripe fruit notes and again dryes out n the far finish. nice to do this over and over again with every sip. Alcohol is never hot, almost not even warming, excellent!
michele85 (14) - Parma, ITALY - JAN 9, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black with foamy brown head, very elegant. Aroma of chocolate and torrified coffee with a hint of caramel & whiskey... Taste is full, quite bitter with roasted malts and dark chocolate. The finish is more dry and hoppy, with a slight alcoholic note... Alchohol very well hidden.... is it 13%??? Want some more....