flying_pig (1397) - - JAN 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle for £3.49 from Peckhams (Glasgow,):
Roasted malts and a sweet, burnt sugar aroma along with some coffee and chocolate. It also seems to have some darker fruits lingering in the background and overall it is a pleasant aroma that could have used being a little stronger.
Mahogany brown colour with a few red tinges in there and a huge, three fingers tall head that is a thick looking, foamy, light brown with great retention.
A strong roasted malt presence initially but what follows is a lot sweeter than I was expecting, there is a touch of coffee along with some chocolate and sugar. The dark fruits from the nose are in the taste as well and there is some licorice complimented by some caramel; a very sweet and hoppy tasting imperial stout.
Lighter than usual for the style, falling somewhere around medium bodied with mild to medium carbonation levels. There is also more sweetness to it than your usual imperial stout.
Lighter in many ways than what I was expecting, the aroma was quite subdued but not exactly weak and the body was a lot lighter too but it was an excellent beer and one that I’d probably have again. The 7.4% alcohol content was very well hidden and goes by pretty much unnoticed.
Vestergaard (1588) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Fermentoren Aarhus. Pours a dark blackish with a small tan head. Aroma has licorice, light smoke, toffee, chocolate, roasty malts. Taste is sweet up front, gets bitter, salmiakish salt. Average carbonation and a medium full body.
Camons (9827) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Fermentoren, Aarhus. Pours black with a creamy light brown head, light lacings. Aroma of light roast malt, caramel, filled dark chocolate, slight smoke notes, dried fruit. Flavor is light sweet, rich malty, caramel, coconut, chocolate, dried fruit, little alcohol. Medium body, lively carbonation, sweet finish with a little alcohol. 230716
AlainG (1877) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Une bière noire typique au style et une mousse beige. Des odeurs de moules fumées, de grains rôtis et de gruau à la vanille. Les saveurs sont douces, pour ne pas dire légères. Ça goûte les pain brun commercial, grillé, principalement. La texture est soyeuse et elle est courte en bouche. Correcte à comparer aux autres, mais par rapport au style, elle manque de mordant. (M.A. 19.11.17) (1865-300616)
alex_leit (1946) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUN 28, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown with ruby, creamy foam. Aroma: malty, sweet, caramel, wine, vanilla and butter. Taste: butter, caramel, fortified wine, prunes, sweet and quite good.
mithe (1462) - Opava & Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 17, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(tap 0,3l @ OP (Brno))
Aroma: Roasted, light chocolate, dark fruits.
Appearance: Black color. Medium, light brown head.
Taste: Medium sweet, roasty, chocolate, light bitter, licorice, dark fruits.
Palate: Medium body. Dry, light warm finish.
Overall: Good. Fruity. Sweet.
I_LUV_BEER (144) - - APR 29, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served in a snifter from a bottle. Pours very dark brown, almost opaque colour with a large copper head. Aroma is a nice combination of molasses, raisins, plum and yeast. Taste predominantly is of molasses and raisins with a slight bitter aftertaste. Medium carbonation and creamy body but somehow it finishes off with a rather sharp finish. Not my favourite but still good enough.
androman (1635) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - APR 24, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl bottle in Duporth from Bitter Virtue, Southampton. Nose is roasted malt, dried fruits. Body is black, head is very small, beige, mostly diminishing, good lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, quinine, light smoke. Light sweet, heavy bitter. Finish is long lasting medium roasty heavy hoppy bitter. Medium body, thin texture, soft carbonation. Not very easy due to heavy bitterness, not bad.
Bill Becker (773) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - APR 14, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This pours from the 500ml bottle close to black but really a very very dark brown with 2 fingers of tannish foam. It looks great in my New Belgium goblet and I see some very nice lacing.
The smell is of roasted malt and dark chocolate bitterness and a tad of some hoppiness. It doesn’t have the most assertive nose of the style but what’s there is nice.
The taste starts off with some nice dark chocolate bitterness and then the roasted malt moves in with a touch of some milk chocolate like sweetness and some smokiness that I notice the more sips I take. Wow. This is striking my taste buds on all the right notes. Not much of an alcohol presence here so, nah, I’m still, as always, going to take my sweet time. This is a brew to sip and savour.
The mouthfeel is on the high end of medium with lowish carbonation but the real story here is how silky smooth it is. I haven’t had a brew with that degree of smoothness in a long time...
Bottle conditioned? You have me convinced.
Drinkability? There’s pretty much nothing to dislike here. Great looking, good nose, super tasty, little sign of the abv, awesome mouthfeel. This, in my book, is a superb drinker.
rafael52 (845) - Łódź, POLAND - APR 10, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Kolor: ciemnobrunatny, klarowny.<br.
Piana: bardzo obfita, drobnopęcherzykowa, dziurawi się, ale jest trwała.
Zapach: średnio intensywny i trochę mało stoutowy, słodowy, karmelowy, opiekany, wyraźne aromaty chmielowe, owocowe, kwiatowe, trochę cytrusa, earl grey, na dalszym planie lekka czekolada, kawa, delikatny alkohol.
Smak: spora pełnia, lekka oleistość, aksamitne, tak jak w aromacie mało nut stoutu, zdecydowanie słodowy, opiekanydelikatnie kawowy, czekoladowy, dość wyraźne nuty chmielowe, owocowe, kwiatowe, goryczka średnia, ziołowa.
Wysycenie: średnie w kierunku wysokiego.
Johnstledger8 (677) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 9, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Pitch black with a thin lasting beige foamy head. Aroma of chocolate, liquorice, dark fruits, nuts. Taste is of dark chocolate, nuts, liquorice, figs, biscuits, bitter finish. Oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation.