crossovert (12255) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2 oz brown swing-top bottle. Brewed with cane sugar, Sarawak pepper, Russian tea, and Bourbon vanilla.
It pours a dense ink black with an amazing looking dual tone caramel/tan head. There is a line going through it that separates the two different colors. It is thick and foamy with a bit of froth. It recedes decently quickly leaving just a little lacing but a nice froth atop the beer.
This beer doesn’t say it is barrel aged but it kind of smells like it. It is probably form the nice bit of vanilla you get. The tea and the pepper bring a nice spice to the mix. This is above a nice chocolatey stout base.
The flavor is interesting. It is a bit too tangy than what I normally liek for the style and perhaps a bit sweet but it has a nice flavor. The sweetness levels as you go. There is a nice dose of coffee and smoke, rich sweet chocolate, spiciness some dark fruit, and residual cane sugar. The alcohol isn’t completely hidden, but not a burden. The tea plays a role in the after taste with a nice dryness. This one has some amazing and interesting flavors.
It is a bit thin for an imperial stout, but the mouthfeel is still pretty decent it has a unique dryness in the finish perhaps form the tannic tea.
It is kind of a wonky beer, it looks and smells amazing, and tastes pretty good too but it is a bit on the odd side for mouthfeel.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-02-2010 23:17:46
mrol (284) - - APR 25, 2017
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours with a dark brown body with a thin head with some lacing. It’s smokey with sweet malt notes and a little roast. Medium bodied and smooth.
zimbo (949) - SCOTLAND - APR 17, 2017
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fizzy pour. Light body and not intensely black. Light. Very light bodied for the abv. Big creamy head. Malty spikey roasty spicy caramel coffee nose. Seems a growing trend for this lightish spritzy Euro stouts with high ABV. Definitely unique and individual but could do with more density for me.
vbaudry (24) - - MAR 30, 2017
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Spicy coffee-y smell. Attack a bit light but develops a very contained pepper aroma and a too subtle vanilla note, that I won’t have found if I hadn’t read the ingredients. Couldn’t find the russian tea anywhere. Body is definitely not heavy enough for an imperial stout. No finish at all except a very small bitterness and a bit of warmness after 30s, probably due to the spice.
Jashiu (933) - Gdañsk, POLAND - JAN 24, 2017
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle shared @Pulapka, Gdansk
Aroma of raisins, dates and plums. Some slight coffee scents, maybe a hint of chocolate.
Taste is a bit red fruit sour and coffee bitter.
Evilkniamhel (836) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 23, 2017
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle. Pours opaque dark brown, chinks of Amber coming through, frothy espresso head. Nose of toast and marmite, dark chocolate, red fruit. Taste is strong coffee, more chocolate, more toast.
AshtonMcCobb (6397) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 23, 2017
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Appellation Wines.
Appearance - opaque black with some red chinks. Lovely fawn head.
Nose - burnt bread and chocolate. Burnt toffee.
Taste - more burnt bread and dark chocolate but hazelnuts come through even more.
Palate - medium bodied with a creamy texture and a long elegant finish.
Overall - lovely stout.
thepatrickman (1221) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 20, 2017
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. For an imperial stout, this hit all of the wrong notes -- it was thin, tart, and earthy, and I didn’t get much of any chocolate or roasted flavors. I wonder if it was aged too long or something, although it looked like a fresh keg. Strange stuff...
wyldeturkey101 (144) - - JAN 7, 2017
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours into a deep dark body with a creamy head. the aroma is a good simple and almost subtle spice and it’s easy to pick up some chocolate there as well. the flavour of the beer is more complex, the description suggested a tobacco flavour that i didn’t pick up on at first, after a few sips the flavour builds up in the after taste and then breaks into the full on flavour of the drink, this joins the vanila spice and the chocolate. this is truly a great drink, and will surely have it again and i’m thankful to get a chance to try it again.
edgallow (4046) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2017
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pours black with a very thin off white head. Aroma of grains , cocoa and some sour notes. Taste is vanilla chocolate and a little spice
hawanna (3254) - Freising, GERMANY - JAN 1, 2017
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,33 l swing top bottle Batch 2016
vanilla, cereal, roasty, dark brown - black color, creamy brown foam head. Spicy beer, light sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, oily feel, creamy, average carbonation, long finish,