brosen561 (70) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Mackenzie’s Pub (Minneapolis). Despite many efforts, I FINALLY got my hands on some of this (2011 version). Pitch black and "wobbles" in the cup much like pitch. Powerful aromas of sweet chocolate and some earthiness (hops?). Very thick --almost enough to put on pancakes--and extremely forward flavors of chocolate and coffee with a heaping amount of sweetness from the malt. Not one to pass up.
I do knock this down a bit since I feel even a RIS should be fairly drinkable and this just isn’t. I really want to be able to enjoy a small goblet (7 oz), but even after just a few sips, it’s too much and becomes a harder to enjoy from there. Even though more alcoholic, I would point to Goose Island’s Night Stalker as a good example of achieving drinkability in a strong RIS.
Westmeister (1861) - 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 (2705) - 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 (1394) - 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 (55) - Greater London, ENGLAND - 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!
jonnyguns (1090) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor thanks to Drew for cracking it on your 40th. Sexy looking pour. Deep black oil pour with a khaki head that holds briefly. Fucking amazing lacing. Nose is chocolate mud cake sweetness, vanilla, roasted espresso and pepper. Intense nose. Taste is bitter dark chocolate backed by vanilla sweetness. Coffee tones coming through. Very intense sweetness. Sticky chocolate coating on the palate. Fucking impressive stuff.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
commonshawn (477) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at lucky 13. Small pour. Black with smooth tan head. Smells of dark fruit and alcohol. Very smooth. Alcohol and sweetness dominate and a good burn at the end. A bit waxy. Not sure it’s worth all the hype, but it’s pretty delicious.
Beardaxe (281) - - 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 (182) - 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.