Alengrin (2813) - BELGIUM - FEB 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first beer from this brewery, an impressive imperial, vintage bottle of a few years old (but the label does not mention a date so its age is anyone’s guess). Has been standing in my cellar for half a year and I’m eager to taste this... Pours jet black, dark burgundy around the edges but otherwise totally opaque, under a creamy, deep ochre beige head, thin but lacing a bit; it does, however, all but dissapear in the end. Beguiling, refined and complex aroma making me happy in instants: cappuccino, mocha ice cream, cured meat, hint of soy sauce, pure chocolate, wet leather, roasted pine nuts, black pepper, smoked bacon, pipe tobacco, bourbon, vanilla, minerals, autumn leaves, peat, candied dates, liquorice, bayleaf. Dense and refined onset of candied fruits and chocolate, caramel candy, cinnamon and cloves, soft carbonation, very thick, oily and ’heavy’ mouthfeel. The expected multi-layered, abysmal maltiness makes up the core of this beer, explicitly chocolatey and nutty, smooth and ’fat’, leading to a bittersweet grand finale of retronasal, phenolic yeastiness (but elegantly so), espresso-like roasted bitterness, lingering ’chocolateness’, spicy and grassy hop bitterness and warming liqueurish alcohol with an immediately ’sedating’ effect, perhaps not as well hidden as it should have been and ’burning’ just a bit too much at the root of the tongue having a negative effect on its ’drinkability’, but this cannot bother me at the moment - imperial stouts were never meant to be very ’drinkable’ in the first place. A faint background, meaty and soy sauce ’saltiness’ lingers as well. Throughout the years, I have learned to appreciate almost all beer styles, but I will always have a thing for imperial stouts, in their bold, heavy, big ’blackness’, profundity and gastronomic complexity; this example achieves that very well. Delightful, and I like the ominous label with the ironic name ’Tiny’ too...
AnokaBrewer (63) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Very little head. Dark black in color. Taste of chocolate, coffee, and licorice. Sweet taste with just the right amount of hops to calm the finish. Excellent beer!
HourGlass13 (177) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark black with a thick tan head. Aroma is like soy sauce and dark fruit. The taste hits you in the face, very strong with booze and dark fruit like prunes and soy sauce. 2 things that do not go together. Moderately sweet and roasty and way too rich. The finish is smokey with a taste of old dry raisins. Interesting to say the least but I definitely would not get it again.
freekyp (1557) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Imperial for sure, this juggernaught wears it ample 11% on its proverbial sleeve. Raisin and soy sauce notes dominate the nose and flavor. Musty basement notes creep in halfway through the swallow. Medium sweet, the far fruit dominates in a somewhat offensive way. Lacks any chocolate or coffee qualities. Unusual.
Pumpkin87 (79) - - FEB 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark as a black hole, with huge, dense head like mocha mousse, which reduces steadily but deliberately.
That initially blocks the aroma, which is roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate and earth. In the glass toast and figs join the mix, along with grapes still on the vine in the soil. The 11 percent ABV jangles a bit, but adds a spicy note.
This is a big beer, not for the faint of heart, but also too sweet and complex for the IPA crowd. You’re warned, but Tiny is a good American brew.
Renntag (6) - - FEB 4, 2015 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
caramel, toast, black, frothy, medium sweetness, full body, thick feel, average carbonation, long finish.
Fantastic beer. big stout.
RexTalionis (2852) - FINLAND - FEB 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very dark, almost black in color with a nice and steady tan head. Dark fruityness, almost vinous vibes here, some dark chocolate and black olive lushiness in aroma. Bit of sweetness later on. Roasted taste with some coffee and dark bitter chocolate as well. Feels heavy and quite velvety smooth at the same time. Vinous and dark fruityness coated with some chocolatey notes in the end. Tasty.
Scopey (8024) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Cotteridge Convention thanks to Rich. It pours jet black with a medium+ tan head. The nose is rich roast, chocolate cake, bounty bar, prune, juicy plum, red grape, burnt cake and treacle. The taste is rich roast, bitter-sweet, earth, charred wood, dark fruits, plum, prune and dark chocolate with a smooth finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Smooth, sweet and fruity. Drinks very easy for the abv.
The_Osprey (2499) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share at Cotteridge Wines. Black, small brown head. Aroma is smoke, molasses, sugary. Body is medium, foamy, low carbonation. Taste is sweet, tangy malt, slight smoke, soft earthy bitterness. I can’t believe that this is approaching 12%, as it drinks like a 7% export stout.
BlackHaddock (4435) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
24th Jan 2015: shared bottle at the Cotteridge Wine meet. Black with a tanned topping. How do you like your malts? Smooth, rough or not at all? This brew is all about smooth maltiness and the richer elements they bring to a beer, however there is also a mini-bite to this beauty and it is not as innocent as it’s Tiny name implies.