ciaranc (1102) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared bottle at Borris House, Co Carlow. No notes, rated from memory. Shared bottle at Borris House, Co Carlow. No notes, rated from memory.
elbernays (955) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared cheers ciaranc. Full nutty, chocolate, vanilla liquorice nose. Flavour is smooth chocolate hazelnut coffee with a dry bitter sweet on finish. Gorgeous.
mathieuc (2369) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle at Pub Edward, Quebec City. Pours a really dark brown with no head and no lacing, looking completely still. Nose is of roasted coffe, dark chocolate. Taste is of not quite sweet and features roasted malt at its best, never ashy. It is also lightly bitter, really nice. More chocolate. Body is full and mouthfeel really smooth with a really light carb. Alcohol is nowhere to be felt. Overall a really nice imperial stout, not quite meeting the impossibly high expectations that were set but still really solid! (Maybe it is because it was served in an inappropriate glass? ;))
czar (6012) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours unclear very rich and dark brownn with a small beige cap showing a somewhat little retention and lacing. dense bitter chocolate - incredible roasted profile - never ashy or overdone, fresh coffee, roasted and never burnt caramel, lightly sweet and dark dried cherries, some dark dried prunes too, earthy and soft resinous notes, hint of smoke, pepper, warming alcohol. low carbonation, medium body - oily and thick, warming and softly earthy-resinous-peppery finish. a very good brew - i need to try its BA declensions, NOW.
Svesse (7052) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Very dark colour, almost black, with lasting dense brown head. Malty, roasted nose with cocoa, chocolate cake, strong black coffee, molasses, liquorice and dark fruit. Malty, roasted taste with notes of dark chocolate, strong black coffee, liquorice, dried fruit, molasses and a generous coffee/cacao bitterness in the finish. Full body, with velvety texture. Starts quite sweet, dries out towards the end. Alcohol is evident, but stays in the background. Very well balanced for its strength. Lovely stuff!
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap in London! Dark brown pour, stubborn brown head and lace. Viscous body calls to me as I swish it around in the glass.
Deeply roasted malts, baker's chocolate, toffee, fudge brownies. Pleasant boozy warmth as it descends. Plenty of depth, highly refined, reminds me of a great stout. Color me impressed.
Argonian (280) - Athens, GREECE - AUG 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a beautiful black body, with a minimal light brown head that diminishes quickly, leaving a fair lace. Strong notes of dark chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Medium to heavy bitter taste, medium bitter aftertaste, with the same notes of coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Oily texture, medium bodied, average carbonation. A black, bitter bomb, I prefer my imperial stouts a little sweeter, but still enjoyable.
FatPhil (11544) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle (Pudel, Tallinn) at 9.8%
Incredibly chocolate cakey aroma, even down to the chocolate cream icing. Glassy black, very brief fizzy brown head. Smooth palate, a little slick, but just a bit of carbonation tries to cut through that. Very intense ashiness, at first highly astringent. Decent roast aspects too, which are fairly pleasant once you’re past the ashiness. Fair amount of heat to it too, but it’s not quite boozy. A bit overdone, but not bad. I’m definitely no fan of ashy burntness.
Vladivostok (339) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Once again a ridiculously strong beer gets ridiculously high ratings. Come on think subtlety for a change! OK, taken dispationately it has a roast aroma; distinct but perhaps a little disappointing in its intensity. Thick oily palate and a head the colour of Norah Batty’s stockings. Flavour is intense but all in the front of the mouth and finish is a little light for its gravity. It’s a good beer but better than Hook Norton Bitter, Fuller’s Hock or any number of excellent American IPAs?
wvhoran (454) - Tasmania, - AUG 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pretty much black colour, with a creamy tan head. The aroma is warm dark fruit, toffee, molasses, chocolate. The flavour is again toffee, with a good sweetness with licorice, leaning to bitter and almost lightly tart dark fruit notes and molasses. Creamy texture. Lingering roast malt bitterness. Really balanced and lovely.