ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a nicely dark brown-to-borderline pitch black color. The head is a three finger khaki shade. While the retention is good, it doesn’t leave much lacing on the glass.
S: This beer offers up a mix of sweetness (chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits) and savoriness (soy, faint oxidation, maybe even a musty presence?) to pervades my nose. After a bit, its roasty character will pop up like weeds. Nice complexity to be found here, even if not every note works perfectly.
T: If the aroma dictated a slightly sweet, chocolaty stout, then the flavor profile dictates a roasty, licorice-forward one. Licorice opens up the palate before it fades into a faintly roasted coffee expression in the midtaste/finish. A distant aftertaste of char and umami qualities alongside an appearance of chocolate, smoke, and prunes after many sips give it an overall depth that is very good, but not elite. I’m not a huge fan of how this one finishes in general, but everything up to that point is rock solid.
M: I’d say it’s a bit too thin and devoid of creaminess on the onset. The texture will eventually froth up giving a good counteraction to the roasted malts. This one really needs a drier finish to allow the savory/roasted qualities to shine through more vividly.
O: Likable, but at the same time, a bit aimless and meandering in its complexity. It comes across undecided whether it wants to be big, roasty, and dry or sweet, fruity, and chocolaty, and ergo doesn’t really do either facet fabulously. This is a good off-the-shelf RIS that has the misfortune of competing with MANY great ones (such as Old Rasputin).
GIJOE (597) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - JUL 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black like my sin-lovin’ heart with a thin, tan head, that dissipates into a seriously misleading halo within a minute or so. Moderate lacing.
Nose is not remotely hellish, but on the contrary quite divine. Notes of chocolate malt, vanilla, and a hint of anise. Taste is wickedly well-balanced: a devilishly nice hop bite with a huge malty base. This is a full-bodied little imp, mild carbonation, long alluring finish. Very tasty brew! Love it! I’m on the highway to hell...
mike67 (775) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours black with tall, long lasting, creamy, beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, toast, cinnamon – apple pie, dark fruit, chocolate and alcohol. Body is full, creamy and smooth. Taste is of roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar, plums, black current, chocolate, charcoal and herbal hops. Finish is long and dry. Complex, delicious RIS.
miquelcrush (1273) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUL 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bona cervesa, és bastant equilibrada i gustosa.
Buena cerveza, es bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.
zacgillbanks (2155) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Great Grog, Edinburgh. This inky black beer has no head. It has very rich chocolate and liquorice flavours, leather notes and a roasted coffee, chocolate, red and vanilla on the finish. Excellent!
ndfreak77 (92) - USA - JUL 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent stout. Dark brown almost black. Sweet taste of chocolate with a slight hop finish. Slightly oily on th palate. Taste both the chocolate and expresso notes.
italarican (1476) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle during a blind stout/porter tasting I had with Jenny. Dark dark pour. Notes of licorice, nice roasted malt, but something is in there I don’t quite like. Maybe a slight rice wine vinegar sort of taste. It’s pretty mild in any event. Nice complexity and sweetness. I ranked this #3 of 4, while Jenny ranked it #1.
wisdomsolo (399) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not bad. Not great either. Has a decent flavor but not much aroma. It's just kinda meh.
SlovakSniper (3048) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Tasting session #2 with Frank) 19 févier 2014 est inscrit sur la bouteille. Une énorme mousse se fige dans nos deux verres noirs. Du caramel, du chocolat et une montagne de réglisse façonnent ce nez qui n’est pas nouveau mais qui est délicieux. En bouche, ce sont les malts chocolatés et la réglisse qui dictent le pas. Rien de nouveau sous ce splendide ciel de campagne. En bouche, le liquide me montre un corps de moyenne densité avec un pétillement normal pour le style et une texture crémeuse à souhait. La finale est plutôt axée sur la douceur des céréales avec cette réglisse qui me semble bien être le fil conducteur de cette trame narrative ténébreuse.
DrinkinWell (245) - - MAY 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark black with frothy mocha head that dissipates quickly. Dark fruit (plums, cherries) on the nose as well as coffee notes. Tastes of roasted coffee beans, figs, dark chocolate. Medium to high carbonation. Pinch of bitterness at the back of the tongue. A really rich imperial stout.
JefVerstraete (1217) - BELGIUM - MAY 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from De Hopduvel. Dark brown/black colour. Medium carbonation. Medium body. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Notes of caramel and dark fruit. Medium sweet and bitter. Good.