Braudog (6249) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. This pours with a promising delivery, rich and black with a solid, well laced head. The aroma is of licorice, but in a sweet mellow way instead of the assaulting scent you sometimes get in an imperial. This drinks with a nice little kick in the junk, but is also fairly easy to drink, mellow enough that it doesn’t intimidate. Nice late evening sipper after supper. (#4362, 11/21/2011)
markwise (5141) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to GatorGuy92 for sharing this one. Cheers, Matt! Pours a dark stout brown with a tan head. Nose is earthy peppers, roast, pepper, slight smoke, cocoa, and big black licorice. Flavor is similar with roast, cocoa, pepper, some slight smoke, and pepper. Medium bodied with lingering pepper in the finish.
smith4498 (3501) - Miami, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with tan head. Aromas of roasted and smokey malts, some chocolate and a hint of alcohol. Roasted malt and sweet milk chocolate flavors with undertones of smokiness. Full body with mild carbonation.
_angst_ (4395) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ 3 Små Rum on November 10. Pours black with a thick, creamy, mocha head. Smell is rather subtle with roasted malts, coffee and some green chili. Taste is bitter with lots of coffee and green chili. finish is dry and bitter. Good, but I found the green chili notes to become dominant and I don’t think that fit the beer.
Hair6a11 (1470) - Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; Pour is murky dark brown with a fine bubbled khaki head that retains fairly well in this glass - light, spotty lacing is present here - the nose is raisins, chocolate chips, brown sugars - while the flavor profile begins on the bitter roasty chocolate notes. There are considerable dark fruits present, along with caramel, toffee, licorice, chicory - while the peat smoked malts round it out in a subtly way, regardless of how considerable it was added to the mix. This is a nice stout, overall.
Borup (11022) - Albertslund, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Ørsted Ølbar, Copenhagen. Black with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, hops, licorice and with smokey notes.
Ibrew2or3 (8024) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Half liter bottle pours dark mahogany with full firm mocha colored head. The aroma is rich with dark roasted malts, chocolate malts, a mild level of rauch like malts, spicy black licorice and a touch of peat. The taste is rich too and near velvety on the palate with dark roasty malts, chocolate malts and then idling into a smooth rauch maltiness nuanced by a dash of peat. On to midway and into the finish some burnt malts join in too. Yummy stuff.
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is very close to black with a finger-wide tan bubbly head. Aroma is on the bland side for an imperial stout with notes of roasted malts, brown sugar, and dark plum peels. Flavor is lighter bodied for the style as well with smoke flavors throughout. Dark candy sugar and roasted coffee. Mild alcohol in the finish, medium bodied.
callmemickey (4205) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Deep black body with a moderate sized khaki head. Quickly recedes to a thin collar with spotty lacing.
S: Nice and smokey with hints of tobacco, peat, and general roasted malts.
T: Like the nose, various smokey and roasted malts dominate. A little chocolate, brown sugar, and coffee creeps in as well. Not overly complex, but I like the simplicity of this beer. This beer takes a particular flavor profile and works with it.
M: Medium bodied. Almost porter like in body and carbonation. Nice slightly bitter and smokey finish.
O: I enjoyed this a fair bitter. The price however, might make this tough to revisit.
Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - OCT 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black, with a finger of creamy beige head that melts into a ring, leaving a web of sticky lace up the side of the glass. Aroma is pretty hoppy, definitely some spicy and citric action going on here, along with dark fruits, burnt notes, light smoke, coffee and sweet dark chocolate. Flavourwise, it’s not at all as sweet as the nose indicates. Citric fruitiness with loads of burnt bitterness, smoke and coffee grounds. Pretty damn dry finish, almost astringent. Medium to full body, mellow carbonation. The nose is more complex and pleasant than the flavours, would like them to be integrated more I guess. It’s enjoyable, but the finish is actually rather harsh.