Tonkun (580) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pitch black pour with a big but relatively light mocha head. Pine, espresso, raisin, chocolate, nuts. Lighter than expected body with refreshing carbonation. Well balanced. Really impressed
John25 (113) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Classic stout with more hops than most. Coffee grinds and citrus hops in the aroma. A lot of roasty espresso on the back end with the signature Victory whole flower hop potency. Pours black. Classic great stout by an awesome brewery. Very drinkable. The mouthfeel is a little too thin and more carbonated than I usually want but it fits well with the hoppiness.
flannelnomad (38) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2014 This is one hoppy f’n stout! This thing smells like citrus, grass, roasted roots, christmas spices and a hint of alcohol. For a stout it drinks a little thin to my liking when compared to my benchmark for imperial stouts- Yeti. But damn is this thing citrusy and hoppy. Earthy, roasted roots give way to bitter, bright fresh hops and lemon wedges. I can’t get over the thinness of this beer, it’s thinner than I remember. This thing is so bold and unique to me though, definitely a king, but a king of it’s own little realm.
Hkrivera (62) - Guaynabo, PUERTO RICO - DEC 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Imperial stout at its best! This American version rivals the European counterparts. The elixir is easy to drink even though the high alcohol content. Pair it with seafood and sushi!
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ReverendMoon (122) - Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice. Creamy, with a definite bite on the finish. Beautiful deep black pour. Definitely one to come back to.
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chribban (137) - SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear, pitch black beer with a beige three finger high creamy head.
Nose: Coffee, brown sugar, fudge, tobacco, vanilla and roasted malt.
Taste: Dark, strong coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, liquorice, dark fruit and hops.
A little carbonation and a dry finish. Medium body.
Really tasty beer!
Kita (802) - Koper, SLOVENIA - DEC 21, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ House of Brews, NY. Clear black color with small creamy, mostly diminishing light brown head and excellent lacing. Aroma is perfectly balanced between resin and pine hops and roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Taste starts with sweet chocolate and very rich roasted maltiness, following is syrupy liquorice with warming alcohol mouthfeel and very pleasant hoppy finish. Full body, syrupy texture and average carbonation in palate. That one kicks ass, although a bit too strong for my taste...
GSH1976 (187) - Delaware, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looks like motor oil with tan head and an abundance of lacing. Aroma is typical for the style with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, etc. Taste follows the nose but there is substantial bitterness in the finish which I do not mind. Body is a little thin for the style and I can see why people think of it as a Black IPA. Finish is a little dry and the alcohol is hidden extremely well.
electrotype (162) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Un sucre présent mais bien controllé. Notes de café et de malt rôti classiques aux stouts. Alcool un peu trop présent. Corps plutôt mince. Se boit quand même bien.
Osprey87 (1081) - London via, WALES - DEC 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 8 months old, into snifter. Pours thinnish black to form a black beer with a scummy off-white head, a little lacing. Smell - sweet over-ripe tangerine, caramel malts, some cardboard. Body - medium, slightly foamy, carbonation fairly high for the style - there’s a tingle of carbonation and alcohol at the front of the tongue. Body could be bigger and smoother. Taste - chocolate, some of the caramel/orange from the smell, finishes tacky and only slightly bitter. To me it’s more like a strong BIPA. Nice.