tmoreau (2994) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and snifter served showing a black/brown hue, with a 1/2 " layer of frothy, tan head foam that turned persistently rocky, leaving lacing that was wavy to curtainy spray on the glass. The nose was quite resinous & piney at first, then showed roastiness, cocoa, some sweetness, and hints of earthiness & wood, after settling a bit. Full bodied, with soft carbonation, the taste continued the roast & cocoa, included moderate resinous & earthy bitterness, some sticky & syrupy texture, mellow warmth, and modest creaminess to the mouthfeel. Pricey pour, but gradually found it a fair investment after each tasty sip.
mmahut (1521) - CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 14, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours in black oily body with medium tan head. Aroma is roasty, chocolaty, toffee and caramel. Taste has a pretty strong pine bitterness with a strong creamy chocolate sweetness to balance it out. Little bit acidic in the after taste, some vanilla in the finish. Body is full, medium carbonation.
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Molasses and mild roast build a pancake around this big brew’s bursting resinous hops, leading to green hop bitterness and a burnt sugar aftertaste.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam skirts the blackness.
-Alcohol is well hidden.
-Flavor profile is balanced in the intensity.
-Mouthfeel is surprisingly not too heavy.
sunevdj (3500) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
At Mette’s b-day. Thanks Slackermads. Pours an opaque black with a beige head. Sweet with a light dryness and little hints of salt. Aromas of sausage and milk chocolate. Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Dry finish with hints of smoked malts.
SlackerMads (2222) - DENMARK - AUG 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Mette and Theis. Black with a medium sized beige head. Hoppy nose, citrus, pine with roast behind it, chalk. Soft flavour with vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate, citrus, pine. Full body, soft carbonation, filling sweetness, balanced bitterness, warming alcohol. Nice.
dnicolaescu (1321) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JUL 28, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ciocolată cu hamei zesty, mătăsos, moale și echilibrat. Excelent!
bnokk (286) - Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
APPEARANCE - it would indeed blot out the sun.
NOSE - hoppy - that’s it.
FLAVOR - hoppy. As it warms up, and the flavor builds on me I get some stout flavorings and depth at the end of the sip.
NOTES - feels and tastes like a super big black IPA. Not at all what I expected from an ’imperial ipa’. It’s a good beer, but different than advertised. I cannot wait for 5 years from now when I try the bottle I put in my cellar.
Ernest (6749) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, fully lasting.
Body is dark brown to black (non-opaque, flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately malty (dark chocolate, caramel, roasted grain), moderately hoppy (grapefruit), with a note of vanilla.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Thankfully this bottle sample is nothing like the draft I had in Louisville earlier this year, which was all body odor, a horrible batch/keg. This sample has a simple but enjoyable nose, primarily chocolate and grapefruit...smells like a hoppy porter more than an Imperial stout. Sweet in the mouth as you might expect but balanced well enough to drink. No off notes and a velvety mouthfeel, so yeah...it’s a solid brew but not very exciting and the name doesn’t make much sense since it’s pretty far from a "motor oil" kind of appearance. Enjoyable but not particularly noteworthy.
haukur (1438) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUL 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
black, firm tan head. Aroma is quite hoppy, roasty with pine notes. Long bitter finish. Really hoppy for the style. Some notes of liquorice. Quite nice
deanso (6735) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber courtesy of and shared with Kermis. Thanks.
Thin creamy tan head. Hazy dark black pour Very hoppy. very nice beer. .