Darkmagus82 (1424) - - JUN 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review from 6-10-12-
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into snifter
Appearance – Pours a pitch black color with a one finger brown head. The head had big carbonation bubbles entrapped within which rapidly popped to give only a medium amount of lacing.
Smell – Dark fruit aromas are the strongest. A big aroma of raisin, cherry and fig are quite nice and strong. These fruit smells are mixed with a semi sweet chocolate aroma and a sweet brown bread aroma. There is a light yeast cake and an alcohol aroma as well. Overall the smell is sweet and boozy.
Taste – The taste begins sweet and bready with strong hints of chocolate. The sweet is of molasses and the breadiness is a light roasted brown bread flavor. While the brew remains sweet throughout it bitter some toward the middle of the taste as some roasted bitter cocoa and malt come to the profile. At this time there is also a somewhat sour flavor brought with the Belgian yeast flavor. In the end the taste leaves a rather roasted bitter, sweet and sour flavor on tongue with a alcohol boozy the burns ever so lightly.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thick and creamier side and the carbonation is on the lower side. The sweeter flavors really coat the mouth and lingered on the tongue. This thick body and lower carbonation really allowed all that alcohol flavor to soak in creating a very warming feel in the mouth.
Overall – It was a nice experience, but not really what I am looking for in an imperial stout. It had a pretty good aroma and a nice mouthfeel but the lack of head and lacing was rather disappointing. The tastes were quite good up front in the taste, but as the taste advanced and brought in the more sour flavors, the flavor left on the tongue was not the most pleasant – it really wasn’t bad, but it also was not great either.
notalush (4872) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml purchased at a downtown Baltimore liquor store - she looks purdy enough - viscous black pour - fairly substantial tan lace for the abv - nose is anise, vanilla, bourbon, cinnamon, chocolate, espresso - smells boozy, but darn good - medium-low carbonation - the body is slick and thick, but somehow also a little watery on the tail end - flavor is fairly boozy, especially in the finish, which is awfully hot - however, there are some redeeming qualities in the flavor - vanilla bean, anise, light smoke, moderate Belgian phenolics - fairly sweet, with some charred sugars - looks and smells a lot better than it tastes.
Enjoyit (3462) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black of color with a beige head. An aroma of liqurice, sweets and spice. A flavor of spice, liqurice and sweets.
Splitenz (331) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A serious, thoroughly proper Imperial Stout. Lots of bitter roasted malts, leather, sour and tangy. There’s coffee and licorice here, and a gorgeous mouth feel with an oily residue and lots of ash on the finish. Gorgeous beer!
njnut (246) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
In a snifter a dark black with small fading UPS brown head. Aroma was roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits, and alcohol. Taste was sweet, fruity with an earthy tone. Alcohol was strong esp during the finish were it was the major component of the taste. I enjoyed the fullness of this the heavy body and strong alcohol.
mansquito (3416) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
New Beer Distributors, NYC 750ml ($8.50): Pours black with a very brown head. Aroma is chocolate, boozy, yeasty, and with plenty of roast. Taste is sweet. Not very bitter at all. The booze is certainly noticeable, but not in a particularly bad way. Unless someone were to have told me that this is a Belgian Imperial Stout, I would have been hard-pressed to realize that on my own. Some complexity. Pretty good body.
tderoeck (4730) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
4/V/14 - 75cl bottle from De Hopduvel (Gent) @ Bitter Zoet (Zonhoven) - BB: n/a (2014-481) Thanks to Erwin for sharing the bottle!
Dark brown to black beer, aery beige irregular head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: very fruity, dried fruits, sweet touch, spicy, liquorish, ginger bread, caramel. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: sweet start, sourish, fruity, some citrus, alcohol, little bitter, caramel. Aftertaste: hoppy touch, sweet caramel, sugary, mocha. A tad too sweet.
Sunni05 (32) - Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark. I used a snifter. More head than I expected but dark chocolate color. Definitely a high alcohol content. Had a bourbon flavor to it. Not my favorite but very good.
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andyhwcinc (1449) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Purchased at Woodman’s in Kenosha, WI; enjoyed at home during a Hawks playoff game while spending too much money on a Riot Fest ticket. Appearance is a velvety thick black with a moderate off white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of roasted chocolate and light spice from the Belgian ale yeast. Taste goes down with a moderate abrasiveness, light burn at the back of the throat, the Belgian ale yeast enhances the backend spice. Overall not too shabby, another nice offering from this great brewery.
Maverick34 (2268) - New York, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Tan head with deep brown black pour. Chocolate malt nose. Some dark fruit alco burn and carbonated finish.