maekchu (3044) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 24, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Fat roasty nose, big chocolate, dried fruit, berries, wood, and alc. fumes. Deep, dark brown color, with a thin dark tan head, slick on the glass. Massive chocolatey initial flavor. licorice, coffee, very light pepper, some definite alcohol presence. The pepper emerges more strongly in the finish, in long tingling tracks. Medium body (a bit thin for the style and the extreme alc. level). This one was 2-3 years old, a full of ripe flavors, with the pepper notes perhaps worn down a bit. Solid stuff, warming and very tasty.
MonsterMagnet (849) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, pours black with a beige head. Light smokey (roasted vegetables) aroma with chocolate, espresso and slightly boozy. Taste follows pretty much with a good balance between sweet and bitter. In the finish the chili comes creeping though, with a light tingling on the tongue, slowly becoming more pronounced without becoming offensive. Lovely.
DonKromann (71) - DENMARK - JAN 14, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From bottle. Pours pitch black with a light brown foam. Aroma is chocolaty and fruity. The fruitiness is clearly from the chili, due to the peppery sting in the nostrils, not too strong, but very pleasant. The taste is chocolate, roasted malt, chili and smoke. The capsaicin from the chili gives a very nice subtle sting on the tongue. Very good!
ABT_S54 (322) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
37.5cl bottle served in a snifter. Aroma is ashy and earthy coffee with some heavy malt presence. Taste is wonderfully smooth with roast coffee grounds, vanilla, tobacco and a slightly ashtray notes. Complex and perfectly balanced with the heat of the chillies really adding another dimension to the taste profile and a nicely viscous mouthfeel adding to the marshmallowy sweetness. Not quite up their with the Bombs and Mexican Cakes of this world but a very accomplished Imperial Stout and a relative bargain.
klm1 (694) - - JAN 8, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours like motor oil black color, haze, with stable foamy light brown head.
Visually low carbonation.
Aroma: rich and intense aroma of dark malt, which takes on coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate, supported with hop aroma, which takes on dark and forest friuit, and with spicy aroma of chilli peppers.
Flavor: rich and intense malt flavor, which takes on cocoa, cacao bean, espresso coffee, molasses, vanilla, supported with spicynes of chilli peppers, which actually takes more on smokyness, and with hop flavor in the background, which takes on dark forest fruits.
Body is full, texture is very silky smooth, carbonation is low, alcohol warmth is very discrete and gentle. Taste is fistly very sweet, with sticky, slightly spicy, dry finish. Spiciness lingers long in aftertaste. Another very good imperial stout, made in Proef brewery.
Mesjasz (530) - Lodz, POLAND - JAN 6, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, tasted two years ago. Aroma of roast and spices. Taste nicely balanced bitter and sweet.
nordic (353) - Tartu, ESTONIA - DEC 31, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black color. Aroma: licorice, chili, smoked, winy. Taste: warming, good balance between sweetness and bitterness, chili notes in aftertaste. Very good.
bursprak (1712) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle split three ways. Pitch black pour with a dark tan head. Notes of licorice, burnt malts, chillies, smoke, chocolate and some roast.
Mjp12 (1095) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smoke and chocolate, with dark fruit on the aroma. This has a creamy mouthfeel, and a slight spice finish.
tmoreau (3263) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared 12.7 oz. green bottle poured to snifters, displaying a black/brown color, with a modest layer of brownish tan head foam, and spotty lacing. The nose was roasted, cocoa, molasses, brown sugar sweetness, some woodiness, and light spice. Medium+ bodied, with soft carbonation, the taste was similar notes, continued sweetness, a medium, roasted bitterness with hints of pepper & chilies, finishing with a bit of tangy astringency. Complementary balance of notes with some hidden warmth.