reckless_rate (4) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle, 2011 vintage. Poured fairly lively, with a light brown head that collapsed slowly. Aroma is coffee, chocolate and port. Flavours of coffee and roasted malt, with alcohol lurking in the background. Beautifully balanced imperial stout, perfect for sipping on a cold winter’s night.
kbudd19 (576) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle big thanks to Simon for including this as an extra! Thanks a ton man! Big thick black viscous pour, thick creamy, chocolate milk head with real good staying power, gorgeous appearance!. Aroma, sweet sweet plumbs, brown sugar, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, lots going on here! Taste - mild sweetness with some slight wine vinous towards the middle, nice roasted malt character, very little sweetness which is surprising because it’s there in the aroma, slightly acidic/vinous cherry like finish with mild heat from the booze, carries a bitter aftertaste that lingers at the back of the throat,minor barrel treatment from the port which allows the body of the original stouts to really shine through. As my glass warmed more sweetness started to show up and some of the vinous like aftertaste rounded out. Overall it’s a well done beer that gathers steam as it warms up. Really nice.
Minderbinder (1748) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 330ml. [2010 Vintage].
Pours black with medium brown head. Some lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malt, porto, alcohol, fruits. Taste is of porto, red fruits, chocolate, bitterness, chalk, alcohol (hot), slight vegetal stuff, sugar. Palate: Full bodied. Dusty texture. Thick. Low carbonation. Sticky. Overall: Nice barrel action. Pretty good, but a bit heavy. Alcohol is warming. Not easily drinkable, but not massively cloying either. A sipper.
tom10101 (2723) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (330 ml). 2010 vintage. From Cam, thanks! Black (thick) with a small creamy and slowly recessing beige head that leave a small ring of foam and no lacing. Aroma is amazing with Port notes, dark chocolate, rapsberries, roasted malt, light vanilla, plums, light oak and molasses. Taste is almost as good as aroma with a burst of dark chocolate filled with raspberries along Port notes, cherries, plums, molasses, oak and a light warming from the alcohol. Medium body. Thick. Low carbonation. Vinous mouthfeel, but there’s also a dust/chalk feeling. Extremely complex. Great use of the Port Barrels. Drinkable for the style (not cloying). Perfect balance. Awesome beer!
maekchu (2082) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Fumes, cherries, chocolate, and an earthy note (like powdered chocolate mixed with dirt and leaves). Black, good lace. Slightly sour initial / very sweet chocolate mid palate / lightly bitter finish. Medium-heavy body. Pleasant. Somehow light for an imperial stout. Maybe better as individual beers rather than blended. Tasty.
abemorsten (2682) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared bottle at t’Bierhuyske, Antwerpen. Black body with a dense, inch thick, light brown head. Soy sauce, vanilla, sweet liquorice and port barrel notes on the nose. Roasted, salty liquorice among the flavors. Full bodied, thick and smooth. Alco warm and with a long roasted finish. Highly recommended.
fugitive (1330) - Athens, GREECE - DEC 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Color black yellow with small brown head. Aroma nalt, roasted, chcolate, alcohol, fruits. Taste sweet, chocolate, alcohol, fruits, cherry.
Atom (1338) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours a dark brown/black with a medium tan head. Aroma is mildly sweet, chocolate, dark fruits, and dry yeast. Taste of chocolate, dark fruits, dry yeast, mildly bitter coffee, touch of oak and port, with a hint of alcohol. Well balanced, easy sipper, very nice!
seth_lfod (325) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml vintage 2011. Jet black pour with two finger mocha head that sticks around for quite a while. You can instantly smell the port. Upon closer encounter the aroma of rich chocolate, hints of coffee, dark cherry, and raspberry. Taste is similar dark fruits, cherry, silky chocolate, slight coffee, and port. Great carbonation, smooth drinking, silky on the palette. Fantastic.
Beerman6686 (4302) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one poured a darker brown with a tan head. Aroma was somkey and soy like. Flavor was similar, medium roast and soy and dark fruits.