wchesser (1151) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
B-day tasting ’14. From a trade with jrallen-thanks, man! 2011. Deep black with brown rim, no lace. Not as thick as I expected but full bodied plush mouthfeel...velvety. Nose is some molasses, rich roasted malts, light vanilla. Coffee pretty much faded, maybe a light bitterness. Sweet, but not cloying or out of balance. Complex, fairly long. Preferred this a bit over Baller side by side.
kathouse (997) - Nevada, USA - MAY 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was the surprise beer on 2014 Sucréversary. Patrick Rue of The Bruery was walking down the line pouring 2013 Dark Lord from a pitcher. Deep brown with tan foam, but not quite opaque. Sweet toffee and milk chocolate aromas emanate from an Imperial Stout that looks and tastes more like a cross of Olde Ale and Barleywine. Figs, raisins, vanilla, and toffee. Thick mouthfeel and long finish. Really surprising from an RIS label although not unwelcome.
jayzz (321) - Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweeter than most others and that sweetness makes the beer different than its peers. It approaches being cloyingly sweet but doesnt ever cross that line.
Dr_Fellini (393) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a pitch black with a creamy brown head. Aroma is amazingly complex, roasted malts, nutty, oats, brown sugar. Flavor is instantly sweet, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, light roasted notes, not overly coffee. Creamy body with a long lingering nutty sweetness and a hint of coffee and chocolate. Very excellent stout! But maybe a bit over hyped.
Mad_Ferret (646) - SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Backlog. 2009 Vintage bottle @ Mikkeller Bar, CBC12.
App: Pitch black and syrupy with a short dissipating brown head.
Aroma: Soy, molasses, dark chocolate and some minth.
Taste: Very sweet, dark chocolate, muscovado sugar, coffee, soy.
Palate: Sticky smooth and thick mouthfeel. Almost no carbonation, but that might be cause the bottle had been standing for a while.
Overall: Thick like snot and very powerful and sweet. Still it has some balance. Need to try it more properly.
Gerardgathier (270) - - MAY 8, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Backnote, had this beer at the zeebra extreem beer festival 2014. superb beer 2011
Elwood (3071) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Serving: 750 ml. bottle via trade. 2011 vintage. It pours a murky black with a small, dark brown head. Nice notes of coffee and vanilla in the nose. Rich, dark malt on the tongue. On the sweet side, but not cloyingly so. Notes of mocha, coffee, vanilla, and a bit of earth. Thick and viscous stuff, but very smooth. Overall impression: A great imperial stout that lives up to the hype. I’ve heard people say they are too sweet, but this bottle wasn’t and had enough alcohol dryness on the end to keep it from being cloying. I would seek this out again.
ACD (628) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle at Mikkeller CPH. Black pour, tan frothy head - viscous looking. Sweet chocolate, light vanilla and some sweet caramel on the nose. Taste gives big coffee and sweet chocolate, lots of brown sugar, spices, sweet vanilla pod. Full bodied. Sweet cocoa finish with a touch of booze. Sweeter than I’d hoped for - class brew, but surprisingly sugary.
MarcoDL (2144) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had the 2011. Great imperial stout with some nice notes of coffee and vanilla. I truly enjoyed it, but it doesn’t live up to the hype. (although that is nearly impossible of course)
Maarten1993 (288) - - MAY 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled @ Zeebra 2014. My first beer of the festival (recommended by Thijs). Very sweet. Agreed with Evan that the aftertaste is weird, which is a shame. Nice bournon, black beer, still.