Beardaxe (293) - - DEC 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Moderate lingering head. Boozy sweet aroma with a touch of soy sauce. Flavor is aggressive with loads of roasted notes, massive sweetness, and resiny hops. While I can appreciate the complexity, I thought it wAs all a bit much. I like my imperial stouts more balanced and subtle. It really felt like a better version of dark lord (which I'm not a huge fan of). This could use some age to mellow out.
gad905 (199) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 vintage bottle shared at RichTheVillan’s, 27/11/13. Coming after Dark Lord this was a relief in that it was comparatively un-sweet... Big fruity raisin cherry notes, lots of sweet milk chocolate, ashy roast, coffee, and decent hop bitterness, even at this age. Not boozy really, very drinkable, nice balance.
ljthiessen (903) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2014. Dark brown opaque pour with a beige head. Aromas of dark fruits and chocolate, some raisin and cocoa. Flavour is somewhat boozy, huge chocolate flavour with dark fruits. Thick and oily texture, very full-flavoured. Wow. Incredible imperial stout.
Niko100 (2390) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft; Rich black color; Medium to heavy creamy body; Aroma of smoky sweet malt, anise/licorice, dark fruit, & dark chocolate; Flavor of roasted/smoky sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and black licorice; Warm finish; Nicely balanced & complex; Good stuff!
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured deep dark reddish brown with a beige head. Aroma of dark fruit and huge roast malt. Medium to full body, flavour is medium sweet berries, moderate liquorice, chocolate and coffee.
hagenwagon (11) - - NOV 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best finishing beers I've had. Just another fantastic beers from Surly.
thomashall (368) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2015 2012 bottle shared by Big Lou. Dark black pour with almost no head. Sweet nutty aroma. Taste follows with nice finish. This has aged very well. Awesome beer!
jstraw (1946) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Black with modest beige head, good fine lacing / Full body, light spritz, fat and inky, sweet with good balance and hopping / Flavors of prune, licorice, molasses, grass, chocolate, coffee / These big, inky things aren’t my taste, but this is a well-done example of the style.
eduardovl (1148) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2014 750ml bottle poured in a snifter glass. Vampire bottle from 2010. Gray wax. Consumed in 2012. I’ve bought this one at the last time that I was in California.
A: First of all, beautiful bottle art, label printed on the glass. Pours a deep black color forming a medium beige head. Good retention and many lacings left
S: Sweet and roasty. Winy and fruity. Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and wood
T: Follows the nose. Sweet chocolate upfront, roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, wood and earthy hops in the end
M: Creamy molasses body. Low carbonation and nice bitter end
O: Very drinkable. Excellent beer
[ BA Review @ 5/25/2012 ]
robbienate (113) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
A veritable mix of roasted malts and hops. Cherry (the only thing I don’t care for but a persoal taste issue) hint of sweet candy and bourbon chocolate and coffee. Smooth as all get out. A wonderful beer. Re-rate: 2007 Release at cafe twenty eight. perfection. Re-rate: 2008 bottle and it was even better. The hops are so bright. MMM Re-rate: 2009. Forget what I said about last years, this is the best by far. It’s a freaking pinetree molasses party in my mouth. The hops are soo much more prevalent then last year. Booyah!!! Re-rate: 2010 Not nearly as good as other years. It feels thinner and less of everything that makes it great. Its still good, but not outstanding.