TheJvd (912) - - FEB 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 Version. Bottle shared at De Molen tasting. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is sweet with roasted malts, vanilla, dark fruit and some alcohol. Flavour is very sweet with residual sugars, vanilla, dark fruits and some chocolate. Very sticky mouthfeel. Good beer, but too sweet for me.
ljthiessen (463) - 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 (2033) - 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 (3633) - 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 (10) - - 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 (113) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap cask pour at Darkness day. Pours black like motor oil with no head of course. Strong hop smell with some smoke. Taste the same with some hop flavor...bitter finish. Good beer.
jstraw (1936) - 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 (914) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
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.
PartyFowle (52) - - OCT 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational. Surprisingly thin and clear in appearance -- not as "dark" as the name would suggest. Nose is dark fruit-forward, with raisin, plum and a backdrop of sharper roasted malt. Flavor is very sweet -- tons of fruit. Raisins, plums, figs. A bit of earth as well, along with vanilla. Smooth chocolate balances the fruity tang. Body is silky, creamy and thick with sugar. Mild CO2, with gentle fizz and a noticeable but not distracting alcohol heat.
BreWedge (331) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 Vampire. Pours an opaque black with a large mocha head. Aromas are molasses and black liquorice, and cured deli meat (umami). Tastes are black liquorice and molasses. Full body, huge flavour that hides the alcohol well despite a bit of warmth on the finish. I certainly enjoyed this rare vintage but rate a little lower than most simply because Imperial Russian Stouts aren’t particularly well suited to my palate.