corkyrory66 (2123) - BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2017
Impérial stout de 10 % abv, en format 35,5 cl.
Mon exemplaire était à 8 mois avant sa date, mais il pouvait vieillir allègrement (un peu comme moi …). Couleur noir intense aux reflets violacés, et à l’opacité quasi totale.
Mousse qui se résume, joliment d’ailleurs, en des traces artistiques brunes de surface.
Arômes de chocolat noir, café, malt torréfié, pointe de brandy.
1ère bouche soyeuse, à l’entame café en grain/chocolat/malt noir, avec une pointe de fumée discrète.
Arrière-bouche avec des nuances de bois brûlé, charbon de bois.
2ème aux très grandes nuances, dont une pointe de baies noires.
Arrière-bouche avec des nuances de kirsch au loin.
3ème où les nuances liquoreuses se développent.
Arrière-bouche qui évoque maintenant le café très serré.
Longueur qui se met à travailler le brandy, avec des nuances frisant parfois le barley wine.
Jambes huileuses, très longues.
Levure vineuse, très belle ligne.
Alcool très volontaire, il ne laisse rien passer, travaille la moindre saveur pour la porter sur l’autel
du dégustateur (qui n’en demande pas plus …).
Finale aux nuances riches, complexes.
CONCLUSION : très grand imperial stout, aux mérites très variés, et à la qualité de réalisation indéniable … Du superbe travail ... geologyguy (1629) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2017
Pretty much no smell, gotta smell hard to get some good complexity, tasted sweet and then a little bitter on the Finish, very good boldness, strong heavy mouthfeel... sweet roasted malt with some vanilla maybe and a touch of coffee and liquorice...Got some good diversity...Looks like and as thick as motor oil lol... medium alcohol taste but def feel it as time goes on! Finish is very strong and like liquorice...Hurts the score for me Wixie (616) - BELGIUM - MAR 4, 2017
Dark brown liquid, hardly any head. Strong, weird aroma (paint?), with a hint of smoked ham. Heavy body, tiny little bit carbonation. Taste of stout, sweet. thatagedw (2) - Umeå, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2017 does not count
Dark aroma with hints of soy, quite a bit of alcohol coming through. Pours weak with what little head there is dissipating quickly. Impenetrable black to the eye.
The 10% is not felt when tasted with the strong taste of leather and soy coming in strong, later overtaken by a dark chocolaty feel followed by some of the alcohol coming back as an afterthought.
A bit boring stout, but well worth it at 25 kr a pop. belfastjames (20) - Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND - FEB 28, 2017
Simply in my opinion the best beer in the world, pours black with a brown head. Aroma of dark fruits, chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is chocolate dark fruit, nice bitterness with the roasted malts! Amazing beer
BlazerT (1198) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - FEB 24, 2017
Bottle. Sensoric. Pitch black with light brown, semi-thick, frothy head. Moderate head retention and lacing. Moderately roasted malts - dark chocolate, coffee, slightly boozy in the aroma. Taste is moderately sweet and moderately bitter - stable, moderately long. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation, finish is semi-bitter, ashy, semi-dry. Not very impressive RIS, roasted, moderately bitter, semi-dry, ashy with no special accents. fillepolo (1064) - SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2017
Bottle from systembolaget. Pours a dark colour beer with a small head. Roasted malts with chocolate, vanilla and some coffee. Dry finish. kraddel (8582) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2017
Brewing season 2012-2013. I might have left this too long in the cellar, and should be sampeling this again when found fresh. Pours black, small , yet stable dark brown head. Smell is still mild cocoa, some dark malts. Taste is very full. Intense dark malts. very mild cocoa finish. full mouthfeel, low carbo. Not much sign of age ( some, but not much ) and definetly not over the top yet. Thats a relief (and a bit of a surprise ) a very small hint of bitterness trough the roast. Might have had more chocolate fresh ( i’d think, i’d hope ) but nevertheless, this is a really nice impy. no boozyness at all. Very nice! Edit : at the end of the bottle ( in the sediment) there is far more cocoa, still. keeping the score, just wanted to note it :) djoeye (4804) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2017
EerieDrinks (243) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2017
Aroma; dark fruits, fermented prunes, dark chocolate and confectionery, juicy liquorice, whisky notes, bread yeast notes, cream, very inviting. Look; beige head, black body, blanket lacing. Taste; black chocolate, sweet liquorice, dark fruits, cocoa n prunes, nuts, confectionery, whisky notes - warming fully confectioner’ish finish. Feel; gentle, good body, pleasant. Overall; full taste, full pleasure. [35.5cl.btl 10% -winter2016edition- [email protected]
1 finger, light tan head.
Deep, dark dark brown coloured beer.
Aroma is full of dark fruits. Raisins, dates, along with coffee, liquorice and a red berry/ vinous fruitiness to it. Hint of dark chocolate at the end.
Taste is very oaty with prominent coffee and dark, bitter chocolate.
Hints of the dark fruits at the back. Some sort of weird off-taste is putting me off.
Thin and light for the ABV.
Overall, nothing to write home about. Had heard such good things about this one but if feels more like a light Porter than a homage to the lovely RIS due to the thinness and the short taste. I have another bottle and I hope there was just something wrong with this one.