climberbob (306) - Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle w hard pour into stout glass. Black w voluminous tan head that settles into a solid fairly stable 1/2 inch. Aroma of oak, leather and mild smokey malt with a touch of anise? Similar taste w Roasted maltiness. Thick slick mouthfeel. Slight bitternes w some bite from the dark malt. Good solid taste but a bit dryer and sharper than I recall in previous years.
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Jado (687) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From 355 ml bottle. Pours an opaque black with a thick, creamy tan head. Aromas of cocoa powder, cherry, liquorice, fresh plum and a little coffee. Taste starts of with rich dark chocolate and cocoa followed but by a bright cherry and currant note with a little hint of pine resin. Finishes with black coffee and more dark chocolate. Lingering finish with a cherry and coffee aftertaste. Well balanced and robust.
SarkyNorthener (3167) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Cotteridge wines. Black beer with small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and licorice. Taste is bitter coffee, roasted malts, licorice, dark fruits and some hops. Medium bodied. Very good.
BiiruBierBeer (670) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2015
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Smell is mild hops and faint malt. Taste is the same. Too hoppy. Medium body, medium carbonation, and some foam.
Mep3222 (941) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolate coffee roasted malt aroma, bitter not sweet. Taste is bitter cocoa and roasted malt. Bitter dry finish. Quite bitter for an imperial stout. It is a solid stout, but a bit more bitter than I like in an imperial stout. The more I drink the more the bitterness seems like a resinous hoppy finish as opposed to cocoa bitterness. Either way quite bitter.
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Bule (1328) - California, USA - APR 30, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours a black color with a bit of a head. Medium hops and nice malty back bone.
SG111 (637) - New York, USA - APR 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled "enjoy by 07/10/19". Pours pitch black, fairly large tan head for a beer this strong. Aroma is lots of roasted malt, sweet chocolate flavor, the hops actually come through a lot for an imperial stout, citrus, some stone fruits, bit of cherry, coffee. Really big complex aroma. Flavor is an excellent mix of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and hops. Just they all come together so well. The roasted character comes first, then the hops hit you, then immediately after comes the coffee bitterness and there’s a coffee bitterness finish. Excellent hoppy imperial stout.
katrinaez (693) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma is deep with an oaty sense. Rich black color. Heavy on the tongue. Tar and caramel flavors. Had on tap. Hubby loved it.
demannu (230) - New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black pour with a large airy tan head. Slight lasting lacing. Aroma is earthy with a definite hops presence. A wonderful balance of sweet and bitter with a bit more emphasis on the ho’s than normal which I actually find refreshing and enjoyable. Definitely something I will drink again.
Maxbier (706) - Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from a fresh bottle (ie I did not cellar this cellarable able beer) into a Left Hand/Rogue stout glass. Black with big brown head. Aroma: biscuits, roasted barley, and bubble gum. Taste is bitter chocolate at first, then a long smooth cocoa coffee finish. Some alcohol up front but not at all predominant. Very nice, I think I’ll put one in the basement for a year or two.
Temperature note: infinitely better at the correct temp (55°F).