FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - NOV 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle with Dan. Pours a deep ruby-tinted black, mocha head. Aroma is great chocolate, mocha coffee, a bit of milk, ginger and a real blackcurrant cordial thing, which is odd. Taste is oddly fruity for an impy stout: all the milk chocolate and coffee you’d expect from an imperial stout, but with a fruity vinous apple/blackcurrant character. Lovely silky mouthfeel, lingering flavourful tastiness. Mmm. Oh yes. Mmm. Mmmmm.
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - NOV 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (bottled December 2011, tasted November 2012) thanks to FaithHealer1 - oily reddish-brown pour, creamy bubbly head leaves light lacing down the glass. Surprisingly fruity nose - ginger biscuit spice, apple skins (but in a good way) slightly tart vinous fruits, dense malts. Slightly sweet, juicy body, coffee, vanilla, mocha, berries again, really unusual for a stout! Light fruity linger, something briney/salty too, long oily bittersweet finish. Lovely!
AshtonMcCobb (2542) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle thanks to Nustu. Pours like a really apetitising coffee - opaque chestnut with just a hint of red - good head retention. The nose has honey and biscuit with some apple. The taste has ginger bread, liquorice and cloves. The palate has a medium to large body and structure with a nice finish. Overall, not like a typical stout/porter to me - but delicious.
oh6gdx (20322) - 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 (5250) - 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 (1055) - 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 (8044) - Tromsø, 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 (3286) - 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 (1592) - 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.