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).
BeerInHeaven (210) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours pitch black with a small brown head. Aroma is a sweetish chocolate malt. Some coffee notes. Taste is full rich malt. Some burnt toast. Some coffee. A mild bitter fades in and lingers through a fairly quick finish. A well balanced, quite enjoyable stout. Good beer!
demannu (86) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong roasted malt presence. Subtle cola & caramel also there. Slight bitterness in the finish. Smooth feel in the mouth. A bit thin and slick. Not as complex as the top tier imperial stouts but a solid brew none the less.
Stuu666 (5349) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is chocolate, coffee, roasted, taste is similar, light caramel, bitter.
Lele (199) - Padova, ITALY - MAR 3, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Buonissima Imperial Stout. Aspetto come solito. All’aroma e al gusto si percepiscono soprattutto tre sapori: caffè, cacao amaro (ma non troppo) e di qualche spezia "rinfrescante" (come liquirizia o eucalipto). Se lasciata riscaldare si avvertono anche leggerissime note liquorose. Corpo decisamente strutturato, buona "scivolosità" sulla lingua. Birra soddisfacente, ma -devo dire- che è proprio ad un punto dall’esplodere.
rondphoto (2551) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - FEB 10, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle @ Jungle Jim’s / Eastgate OH --- Opaque brown/black color, heavy rocky brown head, thick curtain of lace. Almost too viscous. Taste is toasted malt with hints of chocolate and coffee that moves with incredible smoothness through the palate to a mildly bittered finish, which is quite enough to balance. A brew with big flavor that has the ability to deliver the goods without becoming overpowering. Highly recommended.
c1raider (47) - New York, USA - FEB 7, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nothing special about this one. Malt, vanilla, light body, moderate carbonation. Would not buy again
ordybill (414) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a strong malt aroma with a chocolate backdrop.
Appearance- A black colored beer with a tan head
Taste- Has a strong malt flavor that I found mildly satisfying.
Palate- This is a full bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall- Not a favorite of mine, but not a horrible beer
bobaidan (521) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark opaque pour with a small brown head. A bit thick in body and lightly carbonated. Flavor is coffee, caramel and a bit of prune. A nice hop bite finishes this one nicely. Oh so dark and oh so good.
CardsFan25 (78) - - JAN 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Typical black stout pour with half a finger of khaki head. Dark fruit and carmel on the nose. Prunes, raisins on the front of the tongue followed by slight carmel and finishing with a dry expresso.
DarLeeMa (20) - New York, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark and delicious. Good aroma. Oaky with a good aftertaste. 8% but doesn't taste like a higher percentage beer.
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