Stuu666 (3197) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 14, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is burnt sugar, roasted malts, taste is dry and bitter, roasted chocolate and coffee.
aleigator (265) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coal black color, with a decent beige-brown head.
Coffee bean defined nose, with sweeter malts and hints of floral hops.
Tastes of chocolate, followed by coffee and metallic hints, due to a surprisingly high carbonation, which reveals tobacco and earth in the finish. Smooth, slightly fizzy, creamy mouthfeel, medium-bodied beer. Taste converts from warm chocolate notes to a bitter, slightly aggressive coffee bitterness with bitter, floral hops. A bready malt-backbone adds complexity and saves the balance of this beer. The aftertaste is slick coffee bitterness with a hot stinging peak on the tongue and throat, which stays remarkably long. Well balanced, with an intriguing complexity, still pretty straight-forward heading towards the bitterness.
flying_pig (987) - SCOTLAND - AUG 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
355ml bottle from Brewdog’s Online Shop (£3.80):
Medium roasted malts with sweetness & chocolate as well. Coffee, dark, ripe fruits & a dark malt bitterness come through with a few hops. Nice, complex with a good balance & most of the alcohol hidden.
Black with a 0.5cm brown lacing & good retention for the abv. The head even looks slightly creamy.
Coffee & a chocolate sweetness. Strong dark malts taste very faint alcohol. Dark fruit start & some hops plus some good roasted flavours.
Smooth, creamy with the alcohol pretty well hidden. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Easy to drink, frighteningly so with some bitterness & a dry finish.
A good imperial stout with a pleasantly sweet taste & a good combination of chocolate &coffee initially. The hops were a great addition & it proved easier to drink than a 9% abv. beer should have done with the alcohol well hidden for the most part. Great stuff this one.
andrepintado (1541) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - AUG 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle from bottledog, London. Color is dark dark dark. Thin to medium brown head. Bitterness is high. Medium nice body. Aroma is roasted, mint, chocolate.
hopmelt (196) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black, finger of thick creamy khaki head, lots of lacing. Aroma roast, toffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit, slight citrus and earthy hops. Taste slightly bitter, hint of citrus, roast malt, chocolate, toffee, burnt sugar, slight alcohol, earthy. Mouthfeel thick body, medium carbonation, roast and alcohol astringency, finish is on the dry side. Overall one of my favorites, complex, yet balanced, big, yet approachable.
BreWedge (332) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 fl oz bottle. Pours as black as Vladimir Putin's heart with a small but thick mocha head. Aromas are roasty malt, chocolate, and a touch of vanilla. Tastes are roasty coffee and carbony bitterness (like burnt toast). Robust body but still smooth and creamy, lots of carbonation and a lengthy roasty finish. Victory indeed! Not a huge fan of imperial stouts but this is a winner, hard to tell it's a whopping 9.1% abv.
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CpyNPrnT (403) - Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of some coffee. Taste is mild coffee, some nuts, lots of alcohol. Its decent.
bronzebygold (3) - - JUL 23, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
In over a decade of tasting beers around the world, this is the best stout I have tried and quite possibly the best beer in the world, period.
sudomorph (696) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12fl oz bottle. Pours black with a half finger, mocha head that laces well. Aroma has big notes of bitter/dark chocolate, roasted malts, a bit of caramel, and a touch of floral and citrus hops. Taste is a strong bitter with big roasted malts and dark chocolate, a good amount of floral hop flavour, and a drawn out, almost espresso bitter ending. Very slight alcohol taste. Medium-full body with a low-medium carbonation. Pretty clean and smooth in the mouth with a big, dry finish. Very drinkable. Overall a great imperial stout. Classic flavours with some noticeable hop flavours. Now to age a few and see how it changes.
Mark_Eck (763) - - JUL 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate. Taste is like the aroma with a nice, bitter aftertaste.