jdb288 (137) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Love the dark oily appearance with minimal head. Was eager to try it but the roasty, malted flavors i was looking for were muted. Bit of an espresso kick at the end but not enough. Just so-so for me.
Palme (2695) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.355l bottle from my Secret Summer Santa 2013. Big thanks bytemesis! This is a deep dark brown one, not directly black but quite dark and it has a small but impressively lacing dark brown head. The nose is filled with sweet dark ripe berries, sweet wood, some sweet leather, vanilla fudge, tobacco and smoke. Quite complex, and a bit different from what I was expecting to be honest. Really nice though. It has a perfect oily, thick and almost almost chewy mouthfeel with a soft prickling carbonation level. More bitter and chocolate oriented in the taste. Dry and quite roasted. Layers of licorice and chocolate before a deep roasted and almost smoked thing hits the taste buds. Itís not sweet at all - something I did not expect after that relatively sweetish aroma. Lots of bitterness and chocolate in the finish. Quite a nice one! A true classic. 22.07.2013
cduncan14 (103) - Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Aromas of fresh hops, pretty atypical of a stout. Also some roasted aromas and maybe some milk chocolate. Very dark color, almost black with some slight reddish-brown tinges. It has a thick tan head. The flavors are totally unexpected from a stout as well. Tons of hoppy punch at the start, but it fades away and leaves you with more of an espresso finish. Thereís a strong alcohol note and warmth, but that shouldnít be taken as a criticism; in this case itís definitely a compliment. This is definitely not your typical stout, but itís absolutely a winner!
ClassyBeagle (295) - USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
FROM NOTES: July 3, í12
Poured on tap at Victory Brewing into a goblet.
A: Dark roasted malt, dark fruits, dark roast coffee aroma and some milk chocolate notes. Very faint hop note, maybe.
A: Pour a pitch black with a two-fingers, fluffy, thick tan heads. Some lacing which points to some hop oils.
T: A shocking, albeit distinctive hop profile. Startling but interesting. Initially a smoky, roasted coffee flavor that morphs to a milk chocolate. It finishes with lots of hops. A bit muddled and confused but interesting.
P: Dry, very bitter, well carbonated, very thick, medium bodied beer.
O: This beer is closer to an Imperial Black IPA than a Russian Imperial Stout in my humble opinion. Maybe slightly more malt forward instead of hop forward for a Black IPA though. That being said it was definitely interesting but if Iím looking for a beer along these lines Iíll reach for a black IPA.
pinkie (319) - New York, USA - OCT 31, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer pours pitch black and has a thick creamy head of mocha colored foam that falls slowly and leaves rings of lace. A nose of ripe blackberries, bold roasted malt, espresso, charcoal, tobacco leaf and sweet chocolate. A bit of char. Maybe even a bit of sour cherries. The taste is wild and unflinching. This beer is bold, Blackened bitter malt, with coffee and tobacco leaf. Black currant and a lightness from berries. A touch of char in the dry finish and plenty of grain. No alcohol on the nose or on the palate this one is brash! Thick, creamy, full bodied and with a sweet little chocolate to really tease you. Citrus and earthy leafy bitter.
This beer is not for the faint of heart. It comes to the edge of all itís aspects mighty and bold with no fear of falling short. The malt is endless and black, the fruit is light and vibrant. The entire beer is alive and sings to the palate daring and impertinent. Itís vivid and everything you always wanted in a stout. One pleasure after another on the palate.
Brentv (84) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer pours black with a tan head. Moderate lacing. The aroma is lovely, malty, and sweet. The flavor is immediately hoppy and bitter, but there is a sweetness and rich complexity that is nice. Bitter finish. A fine beer.
WeissGary (252) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Lovely sweet choco aroma with a beautiful hop infusion. Quite a thick and fullsome chocolate taste with a lovely sweet finish. I love the way the hops and choco play off each other in this brew. Lovely!
hopwine (66) - - OCT 21, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong roastiness, very prominent hop bitterness cuts through. Excellent stuff, however the malt/hop interplay is less harmonious than other hoppy-leaning imperial stouts like Yeti.
NosirIwont (1819) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. 9.1%. Best before 11.03.14. Pours almost pitch black with a dark tan head. Decent lacing. Strong aroma; rather sweet; fruity and roasted with a heavy feel; a bit cloying. Hints of vanilla as it warms. Bitter, roasted flavour with an alcohol note in the background. Dark fruit note, almost perfumy, as it warms; like the aroma a bit cloying. Finish is bitter and somewhat tart. Lingering mild alcohol burn and a slight grassy note. Citrus andslight malty notes as it warms. Overall pretty good, although both the aroma and flavour is a bit cloying, and the bitterness feels a bit unbalanced. I better try a fresher one to compare with. 16.10.13.
samsmith33 (257) - - OCT 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Creamy head. Nice toasted malt, coffee notes. A good creamy stout. On tap at Blend Bar and bistro.