KenB148899 (10) - Island Heights, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong coffee like hues give this stout a good depth.
magpieken (121) - - JUN 25, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 Fl Oz bottle. Intense black colour with some ruby highlights. Creamy, tan head which lasted well before reducing to a ring but left some lacing. Restrained aroma of sweet malt, espresso, roasted grain, citrus cocoa powder and charcoal. Light to medium sweetness, medium to high bitterness. Initial sensation of metho then lots of roastiness and then the resinous bitterness kicks in. Medium bodied, creamy texture, noticeable alcohol burn and a very long roasted / bitter finish. Not feeling the love for this one. 6.
77ships (5244) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 14, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
355 ml. bottle @ home. Obtained in a trade with LouS. Thanks. BBF 28/01/2020. Black, small mocha head. Nose has a surprising amount of hops, pine resin & grapefruit behind the hops there is a layer creamy sweetish milk chocolate & coffee. Taste is bitter pine resin hops, grapefruit peel, bitter citrus peel leading into creamy milk chocolate, coffee, dark chocolate, light toffee, lighter than most RIS but not thin, finish is lingering hop bitterness once again,… Heavy pine resin & grapefruit finish + a strongly dominant trait overall. Very heavily hop forward. Putting it far closer to Black IPA than RIS territory. BIPA avant la letter looking at how far this one dates back. This probably makes way more sense now than it did way back, great stuff.
coachd (285) - Missouri, USA - JUN 3, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is surprisingly malty with some black licorice, roast, hops, dark fruit and coffee. Complex, but not very strong and has a strange stainless steel characteristic to it. Appearance is classic imperial stout - flat black color with a light tan head. Taste is very hoppy and roasty. The hops drop off quickly leaving an aftertaste of roast. Smoky and bitter with no booze burn. The palate was very disappointing. To me, it’s the palate that separates a great imperial stout from an ok one. Overall, this stout was just ok. I was expecting something great.
varanid99 (663) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a decent tab head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, a little smoky. Taste is nice balance of dark malt, coffee, some hop bitterness, and finishes with coffee, a little liquorice and maybe plummy fruit. Really good
tillmac62 (402) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
EBD 15jan 2020. Pours pitch black. Outstanding head volume and lacing, very good retention.
Rich nose of dark chocolate, sweet milk chocolate, light coffee and light roast.
Medium body with a creamy texture, but not in a viscous way. Superbly carbonated with effervescence from the middle on.
The outstanding flavor profile is intense, fairly complex and expertly balanced. It begins with bitter and sweet chocolate over notes of caramel. The middle brings a moderate bitterness of roast and hops and a nice bold hop flavor that is typically not present in imperial stouts. As the bitterness ebbs, light coffee is present over the strongest caramel influence. The finish is a slow fade of mixed flavors, with hops being the most discernible over caramel.
niquillis (1681) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Beer Dock, Crewe. Pours black brown with a medium tan head. Plenty of hops, raisins, coffee, so easy drinking. More of a black IPA. Marvellous.
berntholer (1344) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 22, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
beige head. coffee coloured. aroma is roasted malts, liquorice, bit vegetal. taste like aroma, lots and lots of liquorice, bit of lactose sweetnes with a long roasted and hoppy aftertaste. medium body and carbonation. bottle 33cl
Andrus86 (164) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2015
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
TAP. Pours motor oil black with a quick disappearing tan head. Nose is a very subtle dark to roasted malts.. Dark malts up front, a touch of coffee in the middle with a thick sticky bitter finish, warms you up. Sourced Pourhouse Dunsborough
Starlsy (1) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2015 does not count
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one didn't quite live up to what I would expect from a imperial stout. I could see through the liquid. Not enough base malt body. I like the attempt at heavy hopping but combined with smoked flavours it was too bitter without the body of the malt to balance it.
I can see it rated well but could not support such ratings on my experience.
Maybe it was just the batch. (Or ruined by the journey to Australia).
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climberbob (266) - 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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