oh6gdx (20253) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled (from Beers Of Europe). Pitch black colour, mediumsized brown head. Aroma is toffee, mild roasted notes, some liquorice and mild alcohol. Flavour is bigtime coffee, alcohol, liquorice, mild tobacco, roasted malts as well as some fudge and chocolate. Very bodied beer.
n0mel (250) - FINLAND - OCT 18, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. The foam is thick and mocha-colored, with bubbles of varying size. The beer is pitch black. Aroma is vanilla and coffee. However, what sets this apart from other imperial stouts is its fruity hops aroma. Interesting and alluring. The flavor is, at first taste, a salty coffee and mocha. Some bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth. Finish is bitter, but not very, and also some coffee.
From the first smell and the first taste, I could tell this was somehow different. It’s not overpowering in any way. While I do like heavily hopped imperial stouts, this one was no palate killer. Instead it felt like a well-rounded, elegant beer. All in all, an extremely good beer.
deanso (5087) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2013 Bottle at the beer temple shared.No head. Clear jet black pour. Absolutely great chocolate/coffee aftertaste.
gEUS (1001) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle - wauuw - incredibly complex. Pours deep deep brown with a bubbly marron beige head. Aroma is anice, leather, blackcurrants, noble coffee roast. Medium body (a bit watery?) with fresh fruity start, getting to bitter in the middle and nice roasted and dry bitter finish. Taste is liquorice all over, caughing syrup, orange peel. Very nice beer!
Rune (7820) - Tromsř, NORWAY - OCT 2, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle, highly recommended by the barman at Schouskjelleren. Bubbly, lightly brown head. Lacing rings to the glassware. Devil-black body. Very good looking. Velvet aroma of not-too-sweet chocolate, carefully roasted. Elegant balanced taste of chocolate malts offset by smooth fruity hops. Prolonged bittersweet coffee notes to the finale. Alcohol notes far behind. Full bodied. Not extreme in any way. Top notch (a very fine last drink during my Oslo-Bergen-Oslo trip in September. This one was enjoyed on a Wednesday afternoon in Oslo, 19.09.2012).
sic1314 (3120) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Borefts 2011. Poured deep black with a small tan head. Aroma of roast malt, coffee, dark chocolate and dark fruit. Full bodied with flavour of sweet raisin and chocolate malt with roasted coffee bean. Aftertaste is dry coffee.
LoFi (1558) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled bottle at GBF 2012.
Black with a light brown head.
Aroma: chocolate, coffee, roasted.
Taste: salty licorice, fruity, quite bitter, coffee, rowan berries.
This was nice, but a bit too salty. Would buy it again for a rerate any time.
jamesie1857 (1351) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brewed April 2011, Bottled December 2011 - A dark black, tan head, classic look - top marks. Aroma is coffee, licorice, chocolate, dark fruits - excellent. Taste is blackcurrants, coffee, liquorice, and an after burn of warming alcohol - again, excellent. Oily in the mouth, nice and thick - perfect! Not sure if this is my highest mark I’ve given, but it must be close.
77ships (3594) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 4, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011 Vintage – brewed April 2011 – bottled December 2011 – neat
Label – ok, similar to Bracia so they must have an ancient brew series going on but not terribly exiting
Appearance –very dark brown with a lovely creamy mocha head, beautiful
Smell – lots & lots of coffee here, sweet with lots of sweet chocolate, mocha, chocolate truffles
Taste – insanely awesome, like liquid ice-cream basically, oodles of chocolate truffles, mocha & mocha ice-cream, sweet chocolate, toffee, creamy, malty goodness, would love to try this again with some ice-cream in it, very light bitterness in the end, light bitter chocolate / espresso & even some hops but very little
Body – ridiculously creamy
Overall – don’t care what the ratings are saying here, this is simply incredibly, easily one of the best RIS I have ever had
(33 cl. bottle @ Delirium Hoppy Loft)
BoBoChamp (5358) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl, as Thornbridge Hall Russian Imperial Stout, new exclusive English brew Anno 2011, from Geers Oostakker, very complex Stout, roasted/sweet and slightly spicy/bitter, very balanced, cloudy, good head, top class!, yet very expensive!