DrnkMcDermott (2865) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bavarian Lodge; Surly Darkness tapping! I’ve done this backwards: had the barrel aged version before the main bottle. Anyway, in the 12 oz. snifter goblet, it seems suitably black. Deep brown head shows some staying power. Smooth nose of dark malts with little distraction. Taste starts with some coffee and chocolate. If this had been my first RIS instead of Goose Island BCS years ago, it would have been the same revelatory experience. I find this has a ton of flavor, making the BA version seem like overkill. I’ve got a lot of Imperial Stouts in my cellar, but there’s something to be said for having them fresh. Still a lot of hops and unfermented malt here, too. And a lot of attitude.
fidelis83 (2092) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 10, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2010 draft. Inky black pour, 2 finger tan head. Aroma is molasses, dark fruit, lots of chocolate, some coffee and lots of roast, dark caramel and sweet bread spice . Flavor is big on dark caramel, lots of toasty chocolate, mild roast coffee some dark , not nearly as much as the aroma. Heavy, creamy, chewy body, light, soft blanketing carbonation. Frigging fantastic. One of the best impy stouts I’ve had.
olr1984 (1206) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 22oz bottle pours a dark black with a small tan head. coffee cherry dark chocolate and dried fruit taste.
bursprak (931) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle ’13, tasted side by side with Dark Lord and Huna. Pitch black pour with a light tan head. Nose has roast, coffee, dates and figs. Taste has dark dried fruits, fairly bitter, coffee and some fruity notes. As it warms up the hoppy fruitiness really comes through. My number #2 out of the three. Excellent!
Klimaet (435) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Bursprak! Thanks buddy :) Been wanting this for a while!
Pours pitch black with a medium dark brown head.
Aromas of sweet cherries, raisins, dry licorice, fresh fruity coffee, malts, dark dried fruits and some bitter chocolate along with a nice hoppy base.
Taste is fruity, dark dried fruits, raisins, coffee, english licorice, chocolate filled licorice, hops, some minty-like licorice aswell. Very nice!
Westmeister (1954) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks ericteusink for sharing this one. Long time coming to have never tried this badboy. 2013 bottle. Big black body, heavy sweet, toffee, coffee, big dark chocolate, dark fruit, booze, smooth though. I caught just a hint of age here already. Big beer for sure.
Alyona (5) - - JAN 22, 2015 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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jrob21 (2770) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with the crew. 2013. Lots of soy sauce aroma and flavors. Thick and viscous. Finish is a little berry and cherry. Usually go for a much more subtle and well rounded beer. I get why this is rated so high just not a personal preference thing.
Yorker (1460) - Herning, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First beer of 2015 - really want the year to get off to a good start (but had imagined that I would have liked this one more). 66 cl bottle @ home (2013 vintage - the one with the demon). Pours black with a tan head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. Aroma and flavour are roasted malt, cherries, chocolate, liquorice, and dried fruit - with a smooth finish.
jc1762 (133) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 30, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2015 Bought two bottles online. Very little about this beer to complain about if at all. Opened a bottle of the 2010.
Reminded me a lot of Old Chimney’s Good King Henry Special Reserve. Poured black with a good head. The nose is bright with the oak barrels showing through, a lot of the roast malts intertwined with the vanilla flavors.
The palate shows a lot of the same along with with a thick luxurious and smooth texture from an oatmeal- like stout.
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 16, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to Homer321, thank again man! 2012 edition. Jet black pour with a tan head. Aromas of roasted malts and dark fruits. Flavor is wonderful balances of roasted character and sweetness. Absolutely delicious and completely exceeded all of my expectations! Delicious!