DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 18, 2017 Ernest (7785) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially large, frothy/creamy, brown, fully lasting.
Body is opaque black (flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (chocolate cookie / cocoa powder, roasted grain / coffee), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of vanilla, alcohol.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
Rather over the top with sweetness and perceived alcohol (alcohol burn is certainly exaggerated by chile heat, though)...drinks like a 10%+ beer. Aroma is ok but a little one-dimensional. Syrupy. Looks fantastic, though...thick, lasting head atop a fully opaque body.
18-Sep-17 (330-ml bottle, Best By 15-Mar-10, Lot # 246: Obtained 09-Jun-09 in trade with bodgi1, thanks Juha!)nearbeer (5555) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 18, 2017
This Imperial Stout pours a black body and a thin, bubbly, tan head that settles quickly to a bubbly ring. The nose is moderately roasty, with notes of molasses, dark chocolate, ash tray, lightly roasty coffee, and lightly burnt meat. Very enticing. On the palate, roasty and chocolatey flavors abound, with molasses, ash tray, licorice, a hint of spicy heat as if there were some hot peppers here. A quick check on the ingredients, and apparently they did add chili peppers, so not only is it present, it's gentle rather than heavy handed, so the heat remains just a perfect background touch. The beer is full bodied but not heavy, the carbonation is light-medium, and the mouthfeel is smooth yet slightly zesty from the chili pepper. Overall, this is a very nice Imperial Stout from Italy. I haven't had much luck with Italian beers, so this has been a very pleasant surprise. Roasty, chocolatey flavors are enjoyable and the chili addition is a nice touch.
33 cl. no bottling date evident. Ebony with a thin creamy film on top. Nose is dark chocolate, bread dough, molasses, fig and a touch of soy. Tastes of fig, dark chocolate, bread and toffee with a nice drying undercurrent of earthy roasted pepper and tingly capsaicin. Medium-plus bodied with smooth medium fizz and a delicate, drinkable balance with the dry finish provided mostly by the dark roast and chilis. heavy (2890) - Split, CROATIA - AUG 11, 2017
Dec. ’16. On tap at Be.Re, Rome, with ippopotamo36. It poured a hazy dark brown body with medium sized, brown head. Very fine and complex aroma of chocolate, cappuccino, dried fruit, brown sugar, wood, cinnamon, pepper and some similar spices, licorice and some sweeter liquor barrel, bourbon or brandy. Flavor was lightly sweet at first with cooked dark fruit and chocolate, fine caramel, licorice etc. with light spicy herbal and peppery note rapidly building up to a hot spicy chili bite in the finish. Although much more modest than aroma would suggest, it was a full bodied brew. Quite an interesting IS, not coffee oriented, rather sweeter, straightforward chocolate dominated with an extra surprise in finale. Quite pleasant, thumbs up! sharkydodson (1749) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - JUL 8, 2017
the aroma is caramel and chocolate with hints of robust, cocoa, toffee, licorice and brown sugar... the taste is caramel and fruity with notes of roasted malt, brown chocolate, toffee, pimento, coffee, toast and some spices... the aftertaste is sweet, dry and very spicy... tanel025 (198) - ESTONIA - JUN 30, 2017
Dark brown beer with lot’s of very thick and sticky brown head, stays. Aroma is malt, coffee, alcohol, spices, chocolate. Taste is a bit sour, little sweet, malt, chocolate, lot’s of pepper. Aftertaste is hot chilly, coffee. Full body. Very interesting beer, though it is not a typical Imperial stout. Drinkable but that chilly aftertaste is very long.
miloszd (50) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JUN 24, 2017
toast, alcohol, licorice, woody, smoke, earthy, roasty, cognac, brown, hazy, minimal head, tan foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, salty, medium body, creamy, oily feel, flat, bitter hot peppery finish, mrol (340) - - JUN 19, 2017
Pours a brown-black color. Strong spicy aroma with some roasted notes.Coffee, licorice and chocolat notes. Taste is spicey with some chili, chocolat, licorice and some sweet notes. LilBeerDoctor (4128) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2017
Bottle. Pours black with a thin head. Aroma of roasted sweet malt, chocolate, booze, vanilla, nougat. Flavor of spicy peppers, chocolate, roasted malt, with heat in the finish. Delicious! Nice chocolate malty backbone with a peppery bite.
7/4/8/4/15 [3.8/5] irenecus (788) - - MAY 11, 2017
Na zdrowie, Salud, Kampai, Prost, Skaal, Zivjeli, Fenékig, На здоровь& Na zdravi Ron (4085) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2017
Bottle. Dark color, medium creamy brown head. Aroma of licorice, brown malts, chocolate, slight pepper, slight spicy, bit roast. Slight malty sweetness in taste, soft spicy chili, roasty bitterness. Finishes with light spicy pepper.