Strykzone (5621) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Quite dark with plenty of red. Absolutely no head and only a very thin ring on the glass. A thin and unique aroma. It is odd vegetable and peat. Flavor is also odd. Deep earthiness, some hoppy sourness, some kind of vegetable stuff. Some soy sauce and dark fruit. A bit of that peat emerges on the finish. This is just not one that I want to try again.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a fizzy tan head. Sweet chocolate molasses and dry spice aroma and taste with some heat to the finish.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours a bruin body with an off white head, with okay lacing left behind the pour. Very malty body, malt syrup, sweet, bourbon esk, old oatmeal mush. Hop character is totally oxidized, leaving a leaf y and metallic finish. Past prime i suppose.
kramer (5395) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body with a one finger fizzy light brown head that left a bit of lacing. The nose is really quite interesting. Not sure if I like it or not. It smells a bit more like grape jelly than beer. Not sure what kind of spices are used here, but they are certainly overpowering the malt in the aroma. The harder I try, the more I get a little roast and chocolate, but it’s in the background. The flavor is a little sweet and spicy with some dark roast malt. Lighter bodied for an Imperial Stout, a touch clingy on the finish, with soft minimal carbonation. Not really my kind of Imperial Stout, much like the coffee one that I had from them. Makes me want an Expedition Stout.
Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.33 l bottle. Dark reddish brown. Aromas of orange and chocolate with hint of cola. Smoothly roasty flavor with coffee and chocolate, faint orange. Smooth palate. Nice orange-chocolate feeling, could have a dash more orange.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml Bottle: Aroma of dark ripe fruit, plum, malt, raisin, and brown sugar. Poured dark brown/mahogany in color with a tiny to small, tan/beige, loose, head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of malt, yeast, light roasting, light lactose, slight vanilla, and some cream. Medium body. Average, lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, lactose, yeast, finish is lightly dry.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Day 2 CBAC. Very dark brown with a thin head. Aroma has a sour tinge, light spice and dark malt. Flavour is very similar. Malt body is strong up front, a sour tinge and some finishing spice. Spice has a bit of heat.
reebtogi (4891) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle pours a dark brown color with some red highlights and a thick light brown head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted malts and chocolate with some fruit. Taste is chocolate malty sweetness with some fruit and roasted malt bitterness and very little hop presence. An interesting imperial stout with the presence of the fruits, but still quite delicious.
skortila (4851) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Moeder Lambic, Brussels. The aroma has coffee, toffee and roast. Slightly hazy, red-brown coloured beer with an off-white, creamy head. The taste is sweet with a bitter finish. It has coffee, toffee, roast and some raisin. Nice.
CapFlu (4820) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(33cl bottle) Day2 of the 2012 Advent Calendar. Pours a medium beige head atop a black body. Nose of sherry, red licorice and cocoa powder. Very sharp, sour front with a grainy yeast mid-palate. Not sweet and totally different aroma from flavour. Hides the 7.2% ABV exceptionally well. Good.
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