Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 26, 2013
Lawks a lordy, 11%! Itís a bit of a brute of a beer this one and I can feel it in my bones despite having not taken off the cap yet. Having done so I can see that you can try and shine a light through the body of this beer but youíll get bugger-all for your efforts. There may have been a tinge of deep ruby port in the dimple of the glass but I may have been hallucinating. The aroma is definitely vinous: prunes, port, currants, cake, maybe a bit of marzipan nuttiness, or possible deep amontillado sherry nuttiness with oloroso fruitiness. Thereís a suggestion of vanilla, mace and garam masala. In the mouth there is a fine mousse of carbonation and then a dazzling palette of flavours, or palate of flavours, both work for this as thereís a myriad shades of the afore mentioned aromas manifest in the flavour. It is deep and spicy with the emphasis on those prunes and port. Maybe a nod toward rum soaked tobacco (Myers Rum).
The finish was an enduring chord of all the flavours with higher notes of plummy fruit. I found this beer enormously gratifying. A fireside beer, a beer for late night contemplation, a beer for thoughtful study and definitely a beer to try and replicate. kjorup (24) - DENMARK - JAN 25, 2013
33 cl bottle [9.8% ABV, 70.7 EBU]
A very dark beer with a nice thick dark tan head and some lacing.
Very pleasant aroma with notes of chocolate, coffee, roast and a little fruity.
Medium bodied, smooth and creamy with soft carbonation.
Flavors are mostly coffee and roasted malt with a little toffee and rounded of with a gentle bitterness.
It wonít knock you over, but it is very, very pleasant. I like it a lot. DwarfeD (3454) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2013
The first one I drank from Emelisse. A great full flavoured imperial stout. Fan of Emelisse ever since. Pyrmir (5984) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2013
330 ml bottle. Aroma fruity and very sweet, of figs, dates and chocolate. Taste of leather, chocolate and coffee. Some burnt notes, especially when it gets a bit warmer and flatter. Very sweet. Temptation (257) - - JAN 17, 2013
Black as a crow wing, brown head, foamy and creamy, good. Perfect and dense lace. Yeasts aroma, almost like yogurt or cream. Lactic touch in mouth, together with black coffee and burnt malts, maybe a little bit of honey. Excellent.
artcore1980 (33) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2013
First I bought a bottle with no carbonization at all, and it didnít taste so good :(
But then the store gave me a new bottle, and now carbonization was perfect, and the beer was outstanding!
caramel, roasty, black, brown foam, very bitter, full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, tfredvik (1941) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 14, 2013
Say what? Isnít there supposed to be a sound whenI open a beer bottle? This one sounds very flat... My suspicions are confirmed when I pour the beer: it has a nice black colour, but it looks almost completely flat, I canít form a head at all, just a couple of bubbles and a thin light-brown film. The mouthfeel also suffers from the lack of carbonation, but the body is so full and the texture so thick and oily that the flatness almost works. The aroma is strong and extremely sweet with tons of sweet dark caramel. Also liquorice, a whiff of alcohol and vague chocolate and coffee in the back. The massive sweetness is definitely there in the taste as well but it is taken care of by the heavy to moderate bitter long-lasting finish. The flavours are strong, again the sweet dark caramel is in front. Also roasted notes, coffee and some pleasant notes of alcohol. A very nice beer that I suspect would be magnificent with carbonation! ej (1322) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - JAN 12, 2013
[33 cl bottle, 9.8 % ABV, 70.7 EBU, enjoyed 6 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2013 Dark, near opaque pour barely making any head at all. A swirl doesnít do much either but atleast I get small film of tan foam. Loads of bitter coffee and chocolate. Alcohol notes blend with dark, fruity esters and I get a hint of mild, sourish woody tones. Taste is heavy coffee with a rather vinous, alcoholic and roasted flavour. Texture is somewhat slick but the body is abit lacking and I miss more carbonation. A decent imp. stout tho, by all means, but not my favourite. Uhlen (251) - Trondheim, NORWAY - JAN 12, 2013
Black liquid with a very small tan head. Aroma of figs and chocolate. Smells very sweet. Taste of leather, chocolate and coffee. Sweetness! Brandman (2947) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 11, 2013
Black body, light brown head. Aroma is very sweet with some notes of alcohol, molasses, coffee and coal. Flavour is quite slick and metallic with much alcohol. Oily palate. Overall impression is that this should be quite lighter to be better. For Imperial Stout this just misses all that fun roasted part.