shrubber85 (7594) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Peat smoke, chestnut, and dark chocolate/coffee, and malt aroma. Dark brown with small head. Sweet burnt peat, dark chocolate, raisin, and barley malt flavor. Moderately bitter ash and herbal finish. Very delicious.
CanIHave4Beers (3262) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle boosted @ the Royal Mile, just this evening!
Pours black with a huge fluffy tan head and nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma is rich, sweet & floral with nice honey tones. It’s pleasantly but lightly roasty and has just a touch of smoke.
The flavor is not as sweet as the aroma, it’s got a nice coffee like roastiness, a medium but well suited level of bitterness, some floral & rich honey notes are featured as well. The beer has some spicy alcohol & the peatiness of the beer intensifies as it warms.
Really enjoyable stuff!
kryon (1375) - SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2014 Pours black with low off white head
Aromas of dark fruits, tar, coffee, alcohol, dried fruits
Taste has coffee, chocolate, peat, bread, brown sugar, dark fruits
Patrickctenchi (3654) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Labeled as 9.0%
Purple-black with a thick, dark tan head.
Chocolate wine, cherry aroma.....molasses, wood, smoke.
Taste is equally complex....peat, vinous dark fruit, chocolate, ash, malt...
Sweet, with a slow, warming alcohol presence...
I’d tend to call this an Imperial Stout.....
An exceptionally excellent one, at that.
TimE (3183) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 13, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very dark brown color with dark brown head that fads away at a moderate pace without lacing. The nose shows immense intensity of dark chocolate, tobacco leaves, roasted malt, molasses, peat, smoke, wood and dark fruit. Amazing depth. The body is not as full as I excepted with lots of tar, peat, dark chocolate, smoke, dark fruit, raisins, molasses. Modestly sweet. The honey balance out the flavors. Very intense, but for 10% the alcohol is well hidden in the mouth until you get to the finish and it has a very warming sensation that just lasts and lasts. Moderately aggressive hop bitterness in the end with lots of dark chocolate and roasted malt and a touch of honey. A true masterpiece that I would only fault for lacking the body I want, but otherwise a world class imperial stout. I need to cellar some of these.
I am rating again 30 minutes into the beer. The beer has more body as it warms, but also becomes more sweet, on the verge of too sweet. Also, I notice more port characters. I won’t change my rating, but interesting to see how things change.
JefVerstraete (1287) - BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown/black colour, brown foam. Very complex aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee with hints of honey and light smokiness. Very well balanced. Malty and hoppy.
jackafholmes (197) - - MAY 9, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle bought from the stags head, Sheffield. Black ale with tall foamy dark tan head. Liquorice, chocolate and dark fruits on the nose. Taste is sweet and bitter, plenty of liquorice and nutty honey. Alcohol warms the throat after swallowing. Mouthfeel is oily but not syrupy. Carbonation slightly over, but I’ll forgive it that! Excellent.
Sjohnh (163) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle as birthday present - gratefully received! Best way I can describe the appearance is that is looks like coca cola - shiny black with a fizzy brown head that soon clears away with no lacing. Initial fizziness on the tongue reminds you of said soft drink as well, for just a fraction of a second, and then everything else kicks in. Thick and oily. On the nose - overripe fruit, Taste - treacle toffee, honey, alcohol, dark fruits and coffee. And no doubt lots more that I didn’t get. Like some complex ancient text, you have to put the work in to understand all of the subtleties and I suspect I’m not there yet. Probably a beer I’ll try every six months or so and get a bit more out of it each time.
SarkyNorthener (1950) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2014 Bottle from cotteridge wines. Shared with s_hartshorne. Black beer with large mocha head that reduces to a head around the rim. Aroma of cocoa, praline, liquorice and dark fruit. Taste is liquorice, nuts, chocolate, sweet honey and dark fruits. The alcohol comes through as a slight warmth. Medium to full bodied with light carbonation and oily. Wow this could be the greatest beer I have ever had. I loved it. A tasting side by side of the rochefort 8 may be needed. I aint sharing the next bracia I buy.
s_hartshorne (1357) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared thanks to sarky northerner. Black colour no head. Aroma is dark vinous fruits chocolate molasses honey malts. Taste has same features including liquorice good biter finish. Nice body smooth mouthfeel. Very complex this in taste and aroma really great stuff.