Vighals (1394) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - SEP 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Svart med lavt lys brunt skum. Lakris, kaffe, kakao og mørke bær. Tydelig bringebær i smak, sammen med salt lakris og noe bitter mørk sjokoladesmak. Fyldig, litt oljete, lite kullsyre
Darkmagus82 (1823) - - SEP 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 4-22-13-
Served on tap in a snifter
Appearance- Pours a nearly pitch black color with a one finger tan colored head. The head fades over about a one minute time frame to leave a fantastic level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma is heavy of a roasted malt smell with some stronger smells of chocolate and coffee as well as a nice bit of a caramel sweetness. Mixed with these smells are some lighter aromas of raspberry as the name would suggest giving a sweeter chocolate and raspberry flavored coffee smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a big roasted malt flavor with a decent chocolate and coffee flavor up front. It begins slightly sweeter with some almost milky and caramel flavors. As the flavor advances the chocolate gets stronger while the coffee remains relatively constant. During this time a vanilla and raspberry flavor come to the tongue. The raspberry gets stronger to the end of the taste, but never makes the brew too sweet as toward the end the milky, chocolate and caramel flavors dwindle a bit and the coffee flavors get even stronger. These drier and roastier coffee and raspberry flavors mix with a little bit of a boozy flavor to leave a warming dark flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel is on the average to slightly lower side for a stout of nearly 10% abv with a carbonation level that is a bit on the higher side. More creaminess and less carbonation would likely have suited the drier fruit and roasted cocoa and coffee flavors a bit better, but overall not bad.
Overall – A pretty nice imperial with a moderate and not to overpowering raspberry flavor. A nice one to give a try if you are looking for a brew to just sit back and sip slowly.
swoopjones (6211) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft at Coles, Buffalo NY. medium bodied black pour, chocolate, roasted malts, lighter raspberry notes. average mouthfeel. sounds better than final product
Sammy (8937) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decent enough stout. On tap at cole’s. Raspberry big and integrated with stout. Decent even in summer.
bigda83 (284) - Jamestown, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate and raspberry. Taste was dark chocolate, some bitter coffee, and light raspberry. Full bodied and creamy. I liked that the raspberry wasn’t over-powering. Not a bad beer at all.
dfearnley (1078) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to pint glass
Caramel, raspberry, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and booze. Silky dark black with a thin dark tan head. Taste is dark chocolate, raspberry, oak, rye, roasted malt and whiskey.
kdm1984 (707) - Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours to enormous pillowy head with decent retention and somewhat uneven splotches and splatters of lacing. Aroma is plenty of raspberry with chocolate and bread in the background. Also some jalapeno. I never believed people who said Founders Breakfast Stout smelled like jalapeno, but now I have firsthand account of an impy that does, so I no longer think those raters are nuts! Moving on, the flavor is raspberry first with bitter chocolate and coffee in the finish. Alcohol exceptionally well-hidden, not at all noticeable until well after the finish when the warmth finally hits. To my surprise, the raspberry flavors linger onward, not being dominated by bitterness. Feels almost slightly light for an impy. Still, a nice beer. Fits pretty well within the Russian impy framework overall. Nuances keep revealing themselves the more I sip. This turned out more interesting than I anticipated, though I wouldn’t stack it up against the best of imps. Has its place, however.
SlovakSniper (3360) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vintage 2012. Corps brun aux contours rouges. Mousse fondante comme neige au soleil. Nez de framboises en confiture et parfums intégrés de malts. Goût de framboises et de chocolat. Aucune douceur frivole. Pointe d’alcool qui anime. Bouche qui pourrait être plus forte. Néanmoins, une texture plaisante et un pétillement contrôlé. Arrière-goût amer de framboises noircies. Bière simple mais efficace. Fidèle à ce qu’elle annonce.
mcdav2154 (449) - GERMANY - AUG 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 wax dipped bottle. limited edition no. 8. Black body with a thick brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, raspberries, and floral hops. Taste has a dark chocolate type of sweetness with the bitter hop bite on the end. Definitely taste the raspberries but it’s not overpowering. Bitter chocolate hop bite stays on the tongue after swallowed but not in an offensive way. Creamy mouth feel. Easy to drink for a full bodied beer. Enjoyable. Prost!
Sigmund (5312) - Tau, NORWAY - JUL 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle with waxed top, vintage 2013, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 9.3%. Black colour, large and lasting tan head. Aroma of ripe raspberries
and moderately roasted malts, hints of chocolate, wood and coffee. Moderately sweet and fruity flavour with distinct notes of raspberries, chocolate, coffee, liquorice and bittering hops. Long, salty and medium bitter aftertaste.