martjoobolut (4387) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 5, 2017
Bottle, batch 1465 (from UJH). Pours dark brown-black with brown head. The head stays. Aroma is rye, spices, dark chocolate, roast, malt, metallic notes, iron. Flavor is sweet and bitter, very burnt roast, malt, coffee, chocolatemetallic notes. Finish is burnt, metallic and booze. Overall: drinkable beer. This is from the more is better school (rye is the best part of this!), but I’m not really enjoying this, too burnt for me. neongolden (1649) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2017
(500ml bottle from kihoskh.dk, BB 11/2019) Pours pitch black with a huge, dense mocha-coloured head that fades slowly leaving a truly beautiful wall of lace. Aroma of heavily roasted, smoky malts with ash and iodine, dark bitter chocolate, cocoa powder, light coffee, dark rye bread, light hoppy notes. Flavour is semi-sweet dark malt and brown sugar, semi-sweet chocolate, quite heavy roasted malt, a little ash and smoke on the back end, black coffee, vanilla accents, a touch of liquorice, spicy rye building into the finish that has fairly hefty hop bitterness, pine resin and slight citrus, and quite a lot of bitter roast as well. Lingering chocolate notes. Quite full and thick body with creamy carb. This is a tour de force for a <8% stout, huge flavours and mouthfeel, heavily bitter but still pretty balanced. That being said, as it warms, the bitterness can become a bit overwhelming, almost like a big black IPA on the back end. klm1 (1538) - Bled/SF, - DEC 29, 2016
Pours black oily color, haze/opaque, with creamy light brown head. Aroma: intense malts aroma, with notes of espresso coffee, dark cacao coffee, cacao nibs, hint of peat, roasted, hint of molasses & licorice, some rye spicy notes, citrusy, piny notes of hops....
Flavor: medium roasted grain & malts flavor, which takes on espresso coffee, dark chocolate, cacao, lighty burnt - peated, supported with gentle dark fruits esters, slightly spicy note of rye, moderate hop flavor with notes of citruses and pine...but hop bitterness is high. Finish is dry. Body is full, almost very full (plato 22°!!!?), texture smooth almost creamy, carbonation is medium. What a surprise! phfyysik (1274) - Tartu, ESTONIA - DEC 23, 2016
Pours black with medium brown head. Aroma is coffee beans, strong roast, some sourness, oat, caramel, vanilla pie, coffee, chocolate. Taste is coffee, vanilla, oily, some grass, bitterness, caramel, dark chocolate, green beans. Super beer! VamboladeTolly (1975) - Tartu, ESTONIA - DEC 23, 2016
Bottle @deTolly, Tartu. Pours dark brown with dark brown sticky medium head. Aroma: roasted, coffee, dark chocolate, bitterish, burnt wood, bready. Taste: medium bitter, a bit sourish for a second(rye), bread, dark bitter chocolate, woody, Full body. Bitter finish. That thing is better than most of Imperial Stout. WOW.
waggerlager (17) - - DEC 23, 2016
Not bad, but not deserving of the hype. After a few, hop profile becomes overbearing. I guess that’s what you get at this bitterness level. mortsbrews (10) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2016
Towering dark pour, frothy head. Profound malt notes, reasonably sessionable for 80 IBUs. Colour is robust and taste profile clean. suurjuust (3540) - ESTONIA - DEC 23, 2016
500ml bottle. Dark brown beer, medium brown head. Nose is hops and cocoa dust, woody notes. Flavor is roast, dark chocolate, a hint of coffee. Hoppy bitterness and mild rye acidity in the finish, chocolate notes, woody dryness. Aftertaste has milder, but still pretty bitter, hops, chocolate and rye. Smooth mouthfeel, hides the ABV well. Hoprider (679) - DENMARK - DEC 9, 2016
Creamy black pour with a crema like head. The nose is seriously roasted with smokey meat and coffee. The taste is medium full with pretty big coffee and raw licorice, a little sweetness from the rye and substantial bitterness too - not overly complex. The mouthfeel is medium rich and nice and oily. Drying finish and aftertaste, developing into bitterness. mariuspoenari (2692) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2016
50cl bottle. Pitch black pour with a tall espresso head with decent retention. Notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, licorice, more roasted malts and some smoke. Full body, thick and oily, medium to low carbonation and a roasty bitter finish. An excellent Russian imperial stout.