tastybeer (1847) - Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at source. Black pour/tan head. Poor retention/some lace. Aroma is tangerine/grapefruit, light chocolate/roast. Taste is sweet, chocolate, roast, quite bitter, orange candies, citrus. Palate is soft, oily, bitter finish. More of a black DIPA than imperial stout. Good.
SlackerMads (2102) - 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 (1283) - 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 (276) - 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 (6730) - 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 (1432) - 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 (6624) - 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. .
kermis (7000) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared. Pours near black with a beige head. Aroma of grassy hops, citrus, roast, malts, caramel and chocolate. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter. Above medium bodied with soft carbonation. This is really a black IPA, not an imperial stout. Decent though!
vjohans (478) - SWEDEN - JUN 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
alcohol, vanilla, smoke, heavy sweet , light bitter, long finish
Cuso (5987) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 17, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Mikkeller web shop. Very dark brown color with thick beige head. Dark malt, citrus hops in aroma. Very nice citrus hoppy taste with dark chocolate, coffee, :roasted malt. Very tasty.
Gurthnar (3022) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 17, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Lots of grassy earthy English hops both in aroma and flavour. The classic roasty and malty flavours come more towards the finish. Not overly sweet, more hoppy. Not all about the classic dried fruits and sweetness, more about looking for balance where there usually is none. Interesting and excellent thought-provoking beer.