flying_pig (1125) - - 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.
Jimthechap (2041) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I ripped the crown off and poured. Odd. The last Imperial Russian Stout I poured was so viscous that it just about had lumps in it. This one, not so much. It even appears lighted with a definite clarity in the lower inch of the glass that looks the colour of polished mahogany. It looks the goods on top though with a covering of cream coloured head that was leaving good lace down the side of the glass. The aroma was that of salty Dutch licorice, molasses and some oakiness, also some polished leather as well. To taste there is a slick, silky mouthfeel that is gratifying. There’s mature flavours of plum, oak and leather again. Add in the odd truckload of savoury licorice and you’ve got this one down to a tee. It’s a tasty devil and not like other IRS I’ve indulged in.
MayumiH (350) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle at home. Chocolate, espresso, vanilla, dark fruit and roasted malts. Dark and rich in flavour. Enjoyable.
atrox (450) - Kraków, POLAND - MAY 30, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black colour, great beige head with lacing. Sweet, roasted, liquorice aroma with dried plums. Taste is also sweet, fruity with some ash and liquor.
CanCrusher (732) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - MAY 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 0,50L. Very dark, ruby/brown colour with large, frothy, light brown, long lasting head. Not so strong aroma of chocolate, caramel/molassaes, roasted malts and some herbs. Rich, medium bitter taste with a lot of chocolate and coffee with long lasting, bitter aftertaste. Medium body, dry texture, lively carbonation. Excellent stout.
sinfull (1062) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black color;medium-sized , beige head. Aroma of chocolate , roasted caramel , raisins . Same notes in taste . Surprisingly easy to drink , probably ,because of lower then in the average American Imperial stout ABV . However it doesn’t lose anything in palate because of that. I’d say , even goes out of the crowd.
nordic (211) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAY 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark color, small head. Complex, rich taste. Good example of imperial stout. Liked it.
Lele (237) - Padova, ITALY - MAY 3, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
ASPETTO: marrone scurissimo, praticamente impenetrabile. Schiuma beige, finissima, abbondante e decisamente persistente (ne rimane sempre un po’ nel bicchiere). AROMA: piacevole e abbastanza intenso. Soprattutto cioccolato e tostato, ma anche con un leggero marzapane e un lieve tocco di liquoroso. GUSTO: in pratica si sentono gli stessi sentori percepiti al naso. Abbondante cioccolato (sia dolce che amaro), tostato (soprattutto in chiusura), marzapane e un lievissimo liquoroso, quanto basta per riscaldare piacevolmente la bevuta. L’amaro si sente soprattutto nella parte finale del sorso, un amaro soprattutto da tostato, che però è sempre equilibrato con il dolce del malto. Birra che stranamente ripulisce abbastanza bene la bocca. Corpo tra medio e strutturato, carbonizzaizone abbastanza bassa, direi il giusto. CONCLUSIONE: ancora una volta la Thornbridge stupisce per il suo sapore e il suo equilibrio. Una birra che si fa ricordare. Semplice ma allo stesso tempo gustosa...un capolavoro di armonia.
mrbigpappa (9) - - APR 18, 2015 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from 500ml bottle at Metro in Lahti Finland.
It was good but not great. A bit more bitter after taste than I would like in an Imperial Stout. It finishes like an IPA. which is great but not in this style.
kerenmk (3206) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Max’ place. Thanks Excellent Little Brother for the delivery! Black with a white head. Lots of chocolate, some cherry and some vanilla in the nose, mild bitterness, mildly roasty and fully malty taste. A little alcoholic finish, no carbonation, full body.
erickok (4251) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - APR 10, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark, creamy head. Hard roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, rye, dry, pecans. String bitterness, very full flavoured. Loads of roast over a body that is lighter than often in such heavy tasting imperial stouts, but certainly not watery. I like how it’s rich and still quite drinkable, also because of the high carbonation. Excellent brew, great quality. (50cl bottle from Saveur Bière)