lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh good god yes. This was wonderful. First aroma was straight black coffee at 5am, with a good amount of head for an Impy and carbonation to go with it. Pour looks good, but not chunky like some other big imperial stouts. Huge rich taste of coffee beans, massive chocolate everywhere and some hidden cherry and vanilla flavors. Hops that i can almost pick out underneath the huge malt bill. A slight burn in the aftertaste, which i cant tell if its the alcohol telling me its there, or the burning coffee. Does not taste like a 13%-er, maybe an 8 or so, all the alcohol is well hidden under the mountain of flavor. I wish i could pick this apart more, but god himself couldn’t tell you all the flavors in this. Syrupy on the mouth and clings to the glass just a little bit. The only thing lacking is the palate really, but its almost lacking in a good way because of the ease you can drink this. A great beer that doesn’t need any mellowing. Awesome.
danlo (2553) - 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 (848) - 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 (2895) - 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 (793) - 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 (250) - 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.
anstei (1176) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - AUG 31, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, courtesy of SinH4, 2015 vintage, BB 21/05/2020. A pitch black and highly viscous draught. Intense ripe dark fruit, some coffee and chocolate. Heavy, yet not overwhelming, fine smooth carbonation, a bit boozy. Almost like eating a cake, sweet and sticky. Good balance though. A very nice beer.
onceblind (7314) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Rating #7000!!!) Aged 1 year. Inky black pour giving a light tan foamy head. Rich roasty black malt aroma that’s dark and foreboding with some dark semibitter cocoa, roasted coffee, belgian candy sugar, a slight but deep fruitiness, and a mild earthy bitterness. Rich roasty flavor that’s sweetened by some raisin and belgian candy sugar, some bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee and a light bit of plum cake on the finish. Complex and deep and roasty but also stoutly and semisweet with a touch of deep cocoa/coffee.
nicola5555 (9) - - AUG 17, 2016 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
caramel, chocolate, coffee, toast, licorice, BIRRA SPETTACOLARE. UNA DELLE GRANDI BIRRE DI DE STRUISE.
Hopmaestro (1281) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2016
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma is huge from dark chocolates and roasted malts. Sweetnes, soy sauce, licorice and raisins as well. Complex stuff. It has that aroma that you could smell all day long, and be completely satisfied with that. Taste is full bodied and smooth. Dark fruits, coffee, licorice and roasted malts mix together in a very complex and unique stout. This is how you brew a masterclass Imperial Stout. No fuzz, no extra special stuff, just pure craftmanship. This beer also changed quite a lot over time in the glass, so if you are going to enjoy one, let it breath and rest between the sips and you will get a lot of different dimensions in one glass. Top notch!