katrinaez (629) - 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 (211) - 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).
SteveOrz85 (104) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into tulip. Hoppy aroma with notes of spruce. Appearance is black with three finger soft creamy tan head. Taste is medium bitter. Very hoppy up front with a fairly smooth finish with notes of chocolate. Medium to full bodied beer with an oily texture and average carbonation. Fairly long finish. Overall pretty good brew. Way hoppier than average stout. Interesting twist in the world of stouts. Worth a taste, especially if you like hops.
Saeglopur (1120) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - MAR 25, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle bought at Bierkompass.de some months ago.
Pitch black, oily body, with a medium, stable, dense, creamy, dark beige head.
Delicious, smooth aroma of coffee, melting dark chocolate, cocoa, liquorice, dark fruits, subtle hops.
Taste follows the smoothness of the nose, with coffee, cocoa powder, liquorice, dark chocolate, some vanilla, some dark fruits, subtle hops again.
Full, creamy mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation.
Finishes roasty-bitter, but not too harsh, with dry cocoa, coffee, liquorice, zesty hops, subtle smoke.
Very tasty! Perfectly balanced, straight, but still rich and complex and comparatively drinkable. The nose, the flavour and the mouthfeel all share the very satisfying smoothness. An Imperial Stout how I favour it.
Cunningham (5761) - Halden, NORWAY - MAR 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Surprisingly black color on this beer. Nice thick beige head that gives a fine lacing. Coffee, chocolate and roasted aroma. Very inviting. Full to medium body. Good balance between sweetness and bitterness. Soft carbonation and a creamy texture. Nice smooth coffee, chocolate and roasted flavor with some toffee in the back. Well masked alcohol. Nice evening sipper.
[Bottle from Systembolaget web order in Sweden]
Mr_Pink_152 (2031) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle from Cottridge Wine. Deep stout off black, with pale tan head. Aroma has coffee roasted malt and burnt toffee. Taste has these too nice but not wow.
CVBis007 (54) - - MAR 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark pour. The sweet aroma had me concerned as I prefer stouts which smell of roast, coffee, chocolate, or any combo thereof. This beer is sweet up front, but this is quickly washed away by a rush of roasted malt and coffee bitterness. It gets extra points for the surprising and delicious twist.
kraddel (4616) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black , small grey head . Smell is bit sweet, bitter dark malts . Taste is bitter, really familiar yet weird .. Coffe / cacao in its purest form . Pure , burnt maltyness . some oat-bitterness in there as well . Finish is bitter, pure cacao with coffee-bitter undertones . As well as some very earthy hop bitterness . Truly unique so far - to me - and I quite like it . Body is rather thin, carbonation is rather high . I’d say if those 2 would be upscaled, this would be a blast !
beastiefan2k (2870) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer #8 of 13 in blind tasting.
After years of drinking this beer I finally rated it. In the blind tasting, I got a strong fruity character, more so than any other in the beer. Slightly earthy beer, low acidity, even the dark malts were not strong. Bitter hop finish. In hindsight, this beer has changed a lot over the years but hasn’t been too interesting in a while.
In the aggregate, this finished as average as possible.