BOSSbrewer (1240) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had at the BGoA Winter tasting. Pours a dark brown with minimal head. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Roasty flavor and sweet nice beer.
LoFi (1516) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vampire bottle (2010) from trade with errantknight, cheers!
Black with a light brown head.
Aroma: roasted, toffee, light boozy, chocolate, fruity.
Taste: toffee, buttery, soft roast, milk chocolate, wood, some licorice and coffee, milk chocolate.
A cool one for sure!
Ericular (429) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is my ideal Imperial Stout taste profile - lighter on the coffee and cocoa bitterness in the finish. Lots of activity and burn in the nose, which works well. Very slightly raw and rough around the edges, but I expect that’s from its freshness. My circumstances weren’t ideal for a in-depth analysis, so I’d like to try this again next year.
timjr2500 (3) - Boerne, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2013 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Creamy, dark, slight bourbon and nut nose but dark chocolate, toffee and cream flavor. So damn delicious.
wchesser (989) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
’10 bottle from a trade with FlandersNed-thanks, Steve! Another long time want. Pitch black, viscous pour with a persistent dark coffee crema ring around the glass. Tons of dark roasted malts and coffee like aromas, dried dark fruits, dark chocolate. Had next to Hunahpu and so interesting to see how different they could be and still so great in their own right. This had a much more savory quality too it despite still having some chocolate and vanilla notes. This has aged tremendously well. Plush mouthfeel, very complex play between the dark fruit, vanilla and chocolate, and dark roast bitterness with a soft molasses finish. Awesome.
gwright (4) - - DEC 24, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hell Demon 2013
Pours coffee with dark brown with a touch of ruby. Nose is bourbon and vanilla .A huge beer with strong sweetness and bitterness. In my opinion, 2012 was better blanced.
burg326 (3085) - Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What can I say that hasn’t been said about this beer? Pound a black color with a roast, chocolate, earth and anise aromas. Flavors were the same each flavor blended nicely together. A solid stout that I wish I could drink year round.
andyhwcinc (1309) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Enjoyed on tap at Northdown Cafe in Chicago, IL. I've been wanting to have this for years and am happy that I have the holiday day off to go out of my way to have this. First sip reaction - that's incredible. Appearance is pitch black, oil like consistency, large frothy dark tan head that laces to the glass. Aroma is rich in coffee, toffee, raisins, and light almost citrusy hops. Taste has a fantastic chocolate profile, not syrupy, but that consistency which may be an attribute of the fruity characteristics. The cherry / raisin / plum aspects are incredible. It's very smooth as well which is surprising....other RIS brews are fantastic but more of 'sippers', where I could see myself having more than one of these. Very happy that I had this one, definitely one of the best for the style which is probably why it's so sought after. I don't know if it gets a perfect 5 though, and I don't know why. I may bump it up in the future if I get it again.
beerbaaron (860) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
#700 Rated December 2013
2010 Vintage - 3+ years old
Black. Small, chunky brown head, lasting with lace. Complex roasty and interesting. Touch of dark fruitiness, dark cherry, little raisin, caramel, chocolate, dark chocolate All sorts of excellent roasty character. Pronounced but balanced sweetness. Dense but Smoooooth. Low bitterness. Hops have diminished. Full body. Sludgy in a good way. Thick, slick, soft, sticky. Subtle alcohol warmth in the finish. A great example of a gracefully aged beer.
2011 vintage - 2+ years old
Not quite as dense now. Less raisiny. Still quite powerful. Some slight bitterness shows up. Not quite as thick and sludgy.
2012 vintage - 1+ year old
A bit more bitterness but still low. A touch of piney hops hidden in there perhaps. Less thickness but certainly still full. Sweeter and a little stickier.
Joe_M (24) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is slightly better than an average imp stout, but it is ridiculously over priced. There are an infinite number of stouts I’d buy before I give this one another go...