ThisWangsChung (826) - 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).
melush (1587) - SPAIN - OCT 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 35,5cl / Botella 35,5cl.
@ Cervezorama 2.0, Madrid, España
A: Black / Negro.
T/S: Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, sweet / Malta tostada, cafe, chocolate, dulce.
TorbenJensen (1394) - Valby, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cool light brown and creamy foam. It does not last as long after pouring, but leaving small islands of foam on top. It leaves beautiful lace on the side of the tube and has an incredible enticing aroma of hard roasted malt and chocolate. The taste is malty of the aforementioned hard roasted malt, but it also brings some coffee notes and dark bitter chocolate notes. Hop bitterness is gentle and leads to long finish. A little smoked character is finally in flavor nuances and it is an imperial stout that is incredibly delicious and very good.
rafael52 (444) - Łódź, POLAND - SEP 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Kolor: ciemnobrunatny, prawie czarny.
Piana: obfita, drobnopęcherzykowa, dość szybko opada.
Zapach: gorzka czekolada, praliny, kakao, trochę kawy oraz paloności, delikatny alkohol.
Smak: średnia pełnia, przyjemna aksamitność, smak trochę płytki, kakao, gorzka czekolada, kawa, lekkie nuty palone oraz kwaskowe, delikatny alkohol.
jbruner (3154) - Athens, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque black from the bottle with fluffy tan head that dissipates to leave moderate lace. Aroma of coffee roast and sweet chocolate, hint of soy. Taste follows, awesome dark roast and chocolate notes. Solid imperial stout with minimal booze.
BRW (1669) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at BBF LAb. Black colour with beige head. Roasted aroma. Roasted, chocolate and slightly fruity taste. Medium to full body.
Acid303 (568) - Barcelona, CATALONIA, - AUG 24, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
35.5cl bottle, served in Snifter. Pours black with beige head. Aromas of sweet malts rather than dark ones, licorice and a slight touch of smoke. Taste is roasted malts, coffee and licorice. Moderate bitterness on the palate. Medium/full body, good carbonation. Not bad, just a little bit too sweet.
kevinsenn (1595) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bruisin’ Ales, Asheville NC. Rich aroma of chocolate, coffee, and toasted marshmallow. Pleasant sweet and bitter taste with the same notes as in the aroma. Great.
BREWMUSKCLES (2441) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
somewhat smooth and somewhat thick. some wine in the flavor and a bit of anise or licorice. light cocoa or coffee.
madelfonatree (224) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Look - Nice black body and medium tan head with aggressive pour. Thick bubbled head. No lacing.
Smell - Coffee. Chocolate. Malt. Caramel. Belgian?
Taste - Malt. Chocolate. Caramel. Coffee. Dirty. Alcohol is prominent at the end.
Feel - Creamy and heavy. Carbonation throughout but not a bomb.
Overall - A good imperial stout with little over the top features. Can’t really complain with that.
radio_nowhere (1257) - Maryland, USA - JUN 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
4 oz. draft at the brewery in Easton, PA. Opaque black color with tan head. Aroma notes of roasted malt, cocoa, light coffee, smoke and faint dark fruitiness. Taste adds caramel, char, faint vanilla and earthy bitterness. Medium-heavy body, low-moderate carbonation, creamy, dry with bittersweet roast finish. Pretty solid, yet average, imperial stout. Great base for the bourbon barrel aging done later!