NICKV1117 (23) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This stout is really quite good. A delicious blend of dark roasted flavors fill with full hops and well balanced with malts. High ABV is well masked by the full flavor. Not "boozy" at all. Fantastic brew!
Alengrin (4529) - BELGIUM - SEP 25, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A classic in American craft beer culture, glad I found this one. Irregular, very dense, medium thick, pale yellow beige head leaving patches of lacing, very dark mahogany brown colour, hazy, blackish in general appearance but actually still largely translucent so paler than usual for the style. Aroma of coffee grounds and green coffee beans, cigar ashes, grapefruit peel, pine resin, charcoal, bitter chocolate, cedar wood, dried black olive, black pepper, leather, thyme, wormwood, caramel, salmiak, fig, gin, mocha ice cream, cloves, beef stock cubes, dried garden herbs, tree leaves. Sweet onset, candied fig and raisin notes, underlying roasted barley sourishness throughout, cured meat-like umami balancing out the sweetness, softish carbo, thick and oily, creamy mouthfeel. Beautiful, rich bittersweet middle, very nutty, very toasted and eventually chocolatey and coffeeish roasted bitter, spicy notes all along merging with a peppery and grapefruity New World hop bitterness in the end (almost BIPA-like, in fact), some of the dried fruit sweetishness lingering and adding complexity, warming wodka-like alcohol, maybe a little bit astringent in the very end but otherwise fitting in well. Beautiful roasted, even slightly ashy bitter flavors and a hint of liquorish linger all the way at the back. Rich, full, smooth and somewhat ashy, heavily roasted, spicy stout: a thing of beauty, as expected. This must have been quite an extreme beer when it first hit the market, and so it is still standing firmly as a classic and a reference for its style, American through and through in its uncompromizing hop character (achieved with whole hop cones like all of Victory’s beers) and rich in flavors. Love it.
ERB92 (646) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 23, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of coffe, chocolate, hops and hints of leather and wood. Black with a tan head. Medium + sweet and medium bitter. Medium to full body with a average to soft carbonation. Overall a decent Imperial Stout, very enjoyable.
Humlehode (593) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 23, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Roasted aroma. Full bodied. Intense flavour. Smooth. Chocolate, coffee, light oak, whiskey.
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tsd08460 (816) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2016
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Wegman’s in Lake Manassas
Aroma: roasty, coffee, chocolate
Appearance: black with a tan head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish,
Villyzzz (45) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 17, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at pub. Pours oily black with medium light brown head. Great lacing. Aroma is chocolate and coffee malts. Taste is really hoppy with subtle coffee and cocoa. Roasty aftertaste. Quite carbonated. Great but not excellent.
Cristobal37 (794) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 13, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Real bitter hoppy lighter bodied stout. Lots of hops on the finish. Some chocolate and faint spice in the finish. Not typical for the style but really tasty. Thanks kapusil.
GenDV138 (5978) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Enjoy by 2017, bottled in 2012 or 2013 I’m guessing. Dark brownish black with light tan head. Aromas of roasty notes, dark chocolate, bitter floral. Tastes of roasty notes, light floral, dark chocolate, light licorice. Medium-full body with a dry finish.
Lore (2169) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 10, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2016 Many thanks for sharing, Kapusil! Dark brown colour minimal creamy beige head; aroma of coffee, chocolate, tangerine, some ash, leather(?) and peppery notes; taste is quite similar with burnt notes some tangerine and spicy aftertaste
kapusil (1179) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 10, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.355l bottle. Black body, light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, tangerine, grapes and grassy hops. Taste of chocolate, coffee, orange zest, grass and some grapefruit. Quite nice, but for this level of hoppyness, the body could be a bit thicker.
portwood (169) - Markham, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate, roasted malt, raisins, soy sauce. Thick mouth feel, syrupy, soft carbonation, slightly boozy. Spicy, nutty, burnt toast, very dry finish. A little less bitterness would get it to 4.5 (bottle best before 1/27/21)