Bill Becker (2010) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 22, 2017 BeerBaboon (2144) - - SEP 19, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Colour of black. Beige head. Looks very good. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, licorice, roasted malt and cocoa waffel crackers. Flavour is bitter with coffee, licorice and toffee. A bit on the dry side. Medium carbonated. This really surprised me.
From Jun 2008
This pours a pitch black with a huge +2 finger head of tan foam.
The smell has notes of roasted malt, coffee, and hoppy bitterness.
The taste has big roasted malt, coffee, a touch of dark fruit, and a quite big hop profile. In fact, this is a *very* hoppy Imperial Stout. The roasted malt is big too. as is the coffee, but they are having a heck of a time competing with the hops. I think if the hops were calmed down to a lower presence, this would be quite the good example of the style but as is, the hops are just too much. Perhaps some aging would help but as this is my only bottle, I'll leave it to someone else to find out. ;^)
It has a nice thickish mouthfeel and the carbonation is light and right for the style. And it *is* one heck of a looker in the glass. Lots of lacing and the head retention is awesome. I'm very glad I got to try it but I probably won't seek it out again.
jonas (8281) - Garching close to the monks, GERMANY - OCT 12, 2017
Sampled at GTBF 2006: Jet black, creamy brown head. Fairly fruity nose. Big preserved fruit notes. Medium body, chewy thick (but not nasty like the slogan claims). Fruity aftertaste. Bought the awesome T-shirt. kerenmk (5358) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 29, 2016
Bottle sample at a tasting at Tom’s place. Thanks Tom. Black with a tan head. Roasty, a little coconut, a little nutty aroma. Bitter, roasty and a little dry taste. Bitter finish with a hint of cayenne pepper. full body. mateuszk (2769) - Poznań, POLAND - OCT 18, 2016
Bottle. Pitch black, nice light brown head. In aroma lots of coffee, but fruity aroma from coffee, some chocolate and roastiness. In taste medium sweet, strong roasted coffee flavour. Full bodied, creamy, soft carbonation, finish is floral bitter hops. Great RIS. zvsn (2370) - ISRAEL - SEP 2, 2016
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Tom L. Pours black with a huge tan head. Aroma and taste of chocolate, coffee, licorice, prunes, cocoa, roasted malt, bitter finish. Full bodied, smooth and warming. Good.
tomer (3853) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - AUG 31, 2016
At a tasting, thanks, opaque black color, small creamy bubbly brown head, flavor of dark bread, chocolate and cocoa, lots of chocolate in flavor, lasting shrubby bitterness and just a hint of smoke, light sweetness getting stronger, tounge coating sensation. Good and solid. DSG (15432) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 26, 2016
Bottle sample at a tasting at Tom L’s place. Thanks Tom L. Black with a light brown head. Aroma of roast, coffee, some chocolate and dark fruitsw. Bittersweet flavor, roasty, with chocolate, coffee, a bit of dark fruits, and a bitter hops finish. Medium to full-bodied. Speko (506) - DENMARK - MAR 4, 2016
Pours dark/black With small beige head. Roasted aroma and coffee. Bitter taste of coffee, quite bitter, and dark chocolate, with bitter yet pleasent finish. Mild carbonation with a creamy texture. TorbenJensen (1590) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2015
Beautiful nougat colored foam and a delicate aroma of hard toasted / roasted malt with distinct mocha tones. The flavor is cold coffee with a slightly burnt character. Lots of heavy malt body and only a slight discrete alcohol taste held down by coffee, roasted malt and a moderate hoppy bitterness. It’s a really nice imperial, but unfortunately the little anonymous in the amount of Imperial Stouts. It lacks just a little special character to step out of the crowd, and a well-tempered Limfjords Porter from Thisted in Denmark could easily have done it as well. gnoff (11145) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2015
At the Portland International Beerfest, Saturday June 25, 2015.
Clear deep dark red to black color, light brown head. Coffee, roasted, a bit sweet taste. Roasted, coffee aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Roasted, coffee scent.