JanLaursen (2665) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap, Plan B: Pitch black beer with a huge but shortlived brown head. Fat, extremely comlex and inviting aroma with notes of roasted malts, burned candy, smoke, grapefruit, orange and - not at least - licorice. The flavor is even more intriguing: Rather dry, extremely bitter, roasted with notes of vanilla and a grapefruit-like anis-note underneath. Sticky texture, full body, very dense, lots of force and power, soft carbonation, smooth moutfeel and a very long dark, bitter roasted finish. Worldclass!
BillKismet (3245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Raven black body with a thin, creme layer of milk chocolate cover. Splendid depth of roasty nose. Chocolate, coffee, and raisin, and sweet dark chocolate liquor wonderfully melded together in beautific fusion. Medium roasted body with appreciable roughness, smoke, roast barley, and chocolate alcohol. The chocolate liquor heat is quite pleasant and accentuates the other qualities.
Nisse666 (3678) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2011 Rerate, bottle new 3,8 = new average 3,9
Draught Copenhagen Beer Festival 2011
AR: smokey, coffey, peaty
AP: dark body, beige head
F: smokey, roasted coffey
hopscotch (8465) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Pours new moon black with a small, creamy, beige head. Good retention. The menacing aroma wafts burnt malts, licorice, blackstrap molasses and coal smoke. Medium to full-bodied with zippy carbonation. The flavor is sweet, but very deeply roasted – black malts and charcoal resonate. Very little hop essence. Finishes chocolaty, singed and bittersweet. Bottle courtesy of jtclockwork!
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a Chimay goblet this brew displays a black body with a 1 finger tan head, incredible retention, and hints of clear brown at the edges. Aroma is bittersweet chocolate, coffee, full savory European malt character, brine. Taste is chocolate coffe cake, salt, dirt, smoke, and an extremely bitter lasting hop note. Body is full, creamy, lower than avg carbonation, and it’s dry finish takes a few seconds to fully manifest. Overall, one of the best non-oaked imperial stouts I’ve sampled this year!
nearbeer (3378) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml. Opaque black with a small creamy head that lasts. Nose of coffee, orange peel, mint, dry cocoa, oats and grain. Taste is espresso, menthol, citrus, dark chocolate, ash, oats, and dusty grain. Medium-heavy body is softly carbonated and a little sticky, but still a smooth drinker. Quality brew, but the minty-tobacco flavor nearly overpowers everything else after 4-5 sips.
wlajwl (3483) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Coffee, dark roasted malts and an unknown factor in the aroma. The flavor is vinous and heavy on the coffee and is slightly acidic. Not the best Imperial Stout but still pretty good.
RoscoeJackson (378) - Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour with good head. Smell is molasses, gingerbread, chocolate. Taste is same with smoke and roast, coffee. Body is medium to light for style.
tiong (2967) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Originally rated on 22.4.2010. Great imperial stout with notes of smoke, roasted malts and coffee.
brenn79 (1414) - Idaho, USA - JUL 16, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
16.9 oz. bottle- 45-50 degree (slightly colder than recommended)- Pours black with zero transparency, it has a beautiful creamy tan head that slowly recedes, decent lacework. The aroma is roasted chocolate malts, anise, campfire smoke, and hops are present immediately. The flavor is chocolate and coffee up front, followed by a nice smoky flavor, then the bitterness sets in, wonderfully complex. Body is full, carbonation is medium, finish lingers and is very dry. Overall I think this would age wonderfully, the hops would mellow, everything would blend creating an excellent brew. I highly recommend buying two of these, drink one immediately and let the other one sit for a year to five.