back (792) - Holstebro, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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cgarvieuk (10995) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle at jans... deep black ... thin tan head ... soft roast malt ... light meatyness ... barest hint of smoke ... dark roast malts ... soft smked malts ... light sweetness ... light coal smoke....
DCLawyer (687) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle->lager. Black with thich light brown head. Aroma: roasted malt, chocolate, smoke, tobacco. Taste: smoky roasted malt, burnt chocolate, molasses. Bitter, boozy, burnt aftertaste.
Jabic (295) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ar: Cocoa, cherry, booze, treacle - some lean smoke.
Ap: Pitch black, opaque - almost non-existent head, but a very thin ring and smattering of tan foam.
T: Char and smoke - medium sweetness, some coffee, bacon, and soy sauce - medium-low bitterness, with a heavy hand of roast - earthy and smoky, and some burnt caramel on the finish.
P: Medium-full body with low carbonation - finish is medium.
O: This beer has held up well over the past three years - the smoke has subsided, but is still pronounced and nuanced, and the underlying imperial stout is really quality - very nice beer.
maekchu (1090) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (laid up for about two years or so). Pours out slightly viscuous. Alcohol, smoke, and chocolate in the nose. Black with ruby-tinted edges. Initial is an immediate hit of thick chocolate / mid sweetens quickly and adds a wine-like note / final brings back the alcohol and leaves a tonque-coating of dark sweet chocolate. Heavy body. A two or three year old bottle; maybe better when fresh (or maybe it could be too hot)? Very pleasant stuff, smokey and full of chocolate.
pete4999 (840) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, as pictured. This is tasting pretty good right now. The smoke flavor is almost gone, but just a hint of it left. Smooth, sweet, kinda chocolatey but not overpowering. Much better today than it was when it was released.
Iphonephan (1214) - Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Meridian Pint, DC. Vintage June 2101. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malts. Flavors of chocolate, dark fruits, and toffee. Boozy bitter finish.
mikem409 (1139) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with decent tan head. Aroma of smoke and coco. Taste is Smokey cigar and roasted barley
XmnwildX12 (1476) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has some chocolate, raisin, bit of soy sauce scents. Taste is similar to the scent, bit of smokiness, decent.
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HogTownHarry (5638) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
January 6, 2012 - with blankboy, garthicus, gregclow, jerc & mabel. 12oz bottle c/o j&m. Black pour with a smallish light brown frothy head. Smells like a nutty, somewhat boozy imperial stout (heavy roast, coffee, resin) - maybe a little soy sauce. Taste follows, but a little harsh and metallic. Light body, good carbonation, but the metallic harshness grabs and hangs on - too bad.