ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
4 oz. served into a tasting snifter at ChurchKey. From notes.
A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is about one fingers of tan shading, retaining quite well for 13%.
S: Really evocative. Chocolate fudge, currants, plums, licorice, smoke, and charred malts all come together on the nose. As a whole, it’s cohesive yet balanced.
T: I love the flavor progression here. It starts with a combination of fudge and mildly tart (not sour) dark fruits, followed by a licorice middle and a charred, roasted finish. The licorice notes don’t bother me here nearly as much as they do in other imperial stouts - a testament to this beer’s balance. I can taste a bit of booze, but it’s still hidden masterfully for 13%.
M: The finish is damn near bone dry, without exposing the alcohol significantly. As a result, it’s not very viscous or sticky, rather it’s drinkable and almost freakin’ refreshing. Seriously. A 13% imperial stout is refreshing. Not to mention devastatingly dangerous. I could use a touch more carbonation, though.
O: Seriously one of the best imperial stouts I’ve ever had - yet for different reasons than most of the really great ones out there. This aims to be more drinkable, more subtle, and more approachable than others, while retaining its bigness and complexity. One to seek out, plain and simple.
SyncP (42) - - OCT 24, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2016 Pours a pitch black beer. Aroma is malt sweetness, wood, big licorice note. Taste: very full, sweet on the arrival, again big on licorice, strong coffee, some dark fruit. Medium body, soft carbonation. Very balanced stout. Great beer.
Johnsense (1368) - - OCT 21, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black pour, thin head. Roasted malt, wood, cacao, dark chocolate, light soy in aroma and taste. Thick body, low carb. 2012 bottle.
Samuel214 (606) - SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Provsmak, fat på Belgobaren, Stockholm. Svart med beiget skum. Söt doft av toffee, körsbär, lakrits, kaffe. Stor, kraftig kropp. Len och något oljig. Härligt söt och stor i smaken med toffee, kola, choklad, kaffe, lite chark. Grym!
Homer321 (4318) - Melboring, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Zwanze day. Nose is dark fudges d dark chocolate. Lots of dark coffee but not burnt. Moleasses. Light tobacco. Taste is a decadent dark chocolate cake with light tobacco. Dry with a light acidity and tartness. Pretty tasty. Alcohol comes through after a couple sips. Nice
danlo (2604) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle. Pours black with a fizzy brown foam head that quickly dissipates away. Nose of roast malt, molasses, chocolate & coffee, dried fruits, raisins. Taste is sweet malty, roasted, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, nutty, marzipan, with liquorice and earthy bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, full to medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry bitter nutty finish. Very drinkable.
linusb (899) - SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Pitch black with a huge brown head N: Chocolate, coffee, hazelnut, almond, marzipan T: Coffee, milk chocolate, hint of marzipan O: Very nice sweetness with some nuttyness to it. Nice!
unclemike (2924) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - SEP 17, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap Pours dark brown with a thin light brown ring. Smells of alcohol, dark fruit, nutty, some hints of bananas. Tastes of warming alcohol with a nice bitterness. Some nuttiness on the finish.
jc1762 (846) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 15, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks Huhzubendah for sharing the bottle! Poured into a snifter showing thin coffee rims, dark brown center, and no head.
The nose shows notes of caramel, raisin, burnt sugar and a light milk chocolate.
The palate is medium bodied and oily slick yet full carbonated. Flavors of malty caramel with burnt sugar and light raisins. A very light sweetness without being cloying. Very surprised.
nutjes (305) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - SEP 15, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2016 33cl-fles bij Kaffee Bazaar te Ieper. U: Zwart met donkerbruine schuimkraag. G: Pure chocolade, mokka en koffie. S: Geroosterde moutbitterheid, cacao, koffie, donker fruit, ook een zoete "touch" die ik niet beschrijven kan en drop. M: Medium carbonatie, Volmondig en sticky. Wow!
alethol (131) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Batch ’0’ 29/11/2012. Pours a thick black with a good brown head that dissipates rather quickly. Chocolate, coffee, molasses - perfectly balanced. Smooth mouthfeel. Full body. The alcohol very well integrated. This is a great stout and arguably one of the best in the world. The ABV is a bit much for me though.