fiulijn (19385) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Expensive bottle from Beers of Europe, King’s Lynn
Brewed April 2011, bottled December 2011, 1½ years old
Pitch black color, with medium sized brownish creamy head. The aroma is mild but nice and elegant, with dark chocolate and cocoa powder. Full bodied, with strong flavor of dark chocolate, very good, with some roasted malts; but there is also a trace of liquorice, and it’s quite salty; these two last characteristics being not so exciting; correct bitterness.
It’s indeed a very good beer, tastes like a classic brew.
IlBevitorediLA (452) - ITALY - DEC 11, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Un ottima Imperial Stout. Nera con un cappello di schiuma marroncina. Aroma carico, complesso, liquoroso, cioccolatoso, e in minima parte caffettoso. L’ingresso in bocca è stupefacente... ...denso; sembra di inghiottire fango. Inizialmente sbilanciato verso il dolce (caramello) con una leggera punta acida. Emergono poi le note tostate di cioccolato e caffè. Chiude con una sfumatura di luppolo. Incredibile e complessa. Ottima.
Sarpa (1381) - FINLAND - DEC 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle 33cl, thanks ration. very darkbrown small head. toffee, dark fruits in the aroma. salty, caramel,toffee flavor. nice
olio (9378) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2013 33 cl bottle.
Pours dark hazy red color with a small head. Aroma of caramel, ripe fruits, yeast and toffee. Flavor of yeast, licorice, ripe fruits and toffee. A bit salty flavor, makes it somewhat stuffy. Quite nice.
Yorker (1934) - Herning, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
33 cl bottle @ home. Pours dark brown with some sediment and an off-white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruits, coffee, and chocolate. Flavour is chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, and some warming alcohol.
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 (5393) - 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 (25472) - 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.