Hanuta06 (257) - Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2014 Serving: from bottle--purchased at Full Throttle Bottles.
Aroma: moderately sweet malt, alcohol and chocolate.
Appearance: average-sized, frothy, light-brown initial head with fair lacing and mostly diminishing longevity. Cola-brown/black body.
Taste: lightly acidic initial flavor and heavily sweet, toasty (almost burned) finish with average duration.
Palate: full body, syrupy texture and lively carbonation.
Overall: I liked the burned, toasty flavor, but overall the beer was too sweet.
koleminer20 (343) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(from notes) On draft at Basement Burger Bar on February 19. The pour is black, with a nice ring of off-white head and no lace to be found. The aroma is very solid. There is a strong licorice presence that overwhelms the malt and good solid roast characters. The flavor is great for a regular imperial stout. There is a great bitterness, backed up by strong roast and malt characteristics. There is a light sweetness on the finish and it’s deliciously dry. The mouth feel is a bit thin for a good stout, and the aftertaste is bitter and dry. This is a good stout.
marv3mania (154) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a ruby-tinted, black/dark brown color with a thick, creamy, tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, dark fruits (plums, raisins), coffee, chocolate, and some rich toffee sweetness. Very nice aroma, though a bit richer than I care for. Taste pretty well follows the nose, with the roastiness very prominent at the end. Overall, this reminds more of a roasty barleywine than a stout. Good, but rich.
Eberndt (126) - - MAR 2, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep dark chocolate color. Tastes much hoppier than I expected. Heavy mouth feel. Pretty good overall
chinchill (1262) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle served in a goblet.
Pours dark chocolate in color, nearly black in the glass, with a good, semi-durable tan head.
Aroma: complex & rich; markedly hoppy compared to the Samuel Smith’s Imp. Stout that preceded it. In fact, more hoppy than malty.
Rcih flavor has a balanced hoppy/malty components, with a bit less sweetness than bitterness. Lasting aftertaste of coffee, hops and dark roasted grains.
Feel: full, smooth body with good carbonation.
bjakk (218) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - FEB 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark red towards black, nice yellowish brown head. Sour liqruish with mild hay. Burned brown sucer with mild flowertones, strong burned aftertaste that really grows mixed with alohol. Dry in the aftertaste. A bit watery.
jayzz (147) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate some caramel up front with hoppy pine and grapefruit at the back. Very good beer.
gegwilson (512) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle in the Canalhouse, Nottingham. Pitch black with a tan head. Loads of flavour - chocolate, liquorish, a hint of coffee, treacle, toffee. Very good with a hoppy finish too.
9er (69) - Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bitter, coffee citrus and cloves with a bit of licorice raisin, woody esters. Not my type of stout... Heavy thick carbonation. Will nit purchase.
Dacrza (448) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
DATE TASTED: February 13, 2014... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter...OCCASION: a Storm King for 2014’s king of storms... APPEARANCE: intimidating fire-like lacing of brown head wreaths atop a raven-black body; slightly sporadic lacing... AROMA: oak, milk and peat; brighter, lighter hops tempt the nostrils...PALATE: full-bodied and ferocious; active and substantial from front to back; a welcome lingering aftertaste--keeps the secret of its 10% ABV like a concealed dagger...TASTE: immediately arresting hops clash with teeth; soft malt guides the throat; sweet as sugar--not as complex as expected... OVERALL: the victory in this beer is the balance of ABV and flavor--not on par with its Baltic Thunder, but being readily available in six packs makes this a "snowed in" companion worth seeking out ...