davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle at the Duke of Wellington, NZ. Full marks. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, with hints of alcohol and dark fruit. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and very long length. Palate is great: creamy, full body. Black, with a frothy head. CanCrusher (1097) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - MAR 4, 2013
Bottle 0,50L. Black coloured, with small beige creamy head, that goes into a crown and stays until the end. Aroma of dark chocolate, caramel, coffee, smoke and lasts long. It’s very smooth and creamy and it’s real plessure to drink. It’s maybe not overall 5, but when we’re talking stout, it’a a winner for me! GBZ59 (1217) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - MAR 21, 2012
Botella de 500ml.Copa Globo.Saboreada en nov´11.Apariencia negro puro,caoba oscuro a contraluz.Espuma beige y cremosa.Corona de burbuja pequeña y bastante buena retención.Deja un amplio anillo y algunos copos de encaje.Aromas de intenso regaliz y maltas torrefactas.Notas de humo y café.Entrada de regaliz seguida por un lígero dulzor de malta,café,chocolate amargo y notas de toffee.Cuerpo pleno y agradable carbonatación.Final y retrogusto de café.El ABV no se percibe.Trago placentero.Fuller´s lo ha vuelto a conseguir: No lo llamemos Maestros del Pasado sino Obra Maestra.Muy buen equilibrio de aromas y sabores. 500ml bottle.Snifter glass.Enjoyed on nov´11.Pure black appearance,dark mahogany to the light.Beige in color creamy froth. Small bubbled crown.Faily well retention then a thick ring is left.Some spotty lacing. Intense licorice & roasted malt aromas.Notes of smoke & coffee.Licorice upfront followed by mildy sweet malt,coffee,bitter chocolate & toffee notes.Full body,kind carbonation.Coffee finish & aftertaste.ABV is not felt.Pleasant drink.Fuller´s did it once again.Don´t call it Past Masters but Masterpiece.Very well balanced flavors & aromas. robinvboyer (4719) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2011
500 ml bottle from the lcbo.
Great looking beer, nice black pour with a great mocha head.
Light fruit on the nose with ample amounts of bitter cocoa, coffee, and some deep rich roasted malt, with touches of soy. Perfect carb, perfect mouthfeel. The roasted malt lingers and just stays forever. Soooo roasty, with a medium bitterness, and a touch of fruit in the end. This is a true classic example of an old world imperial stout. Just incredible stuff, it should be much higher in its style! Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 25, 2012
I held my glass up to the light and not a scintilla of light got through. This is seriously dark. It held a rocky latte coloured head. The aromas are rich, so, so rich: I got licorice, currants, port, chocolate, nutty sherry, pecan nuts, souffle, toffee brittle, molasses. My god this is a piece of work. Second nosing brings out more of the licorice and spices. I get heady notes of cinnamon, garam masala, mace and cardamom. Just beautiful.
Upon tasting, everything I wrote was augmented suddenly by plumminess and oddly enough, cured ham and bacon. There’s a smoky wonder about this beer reminiscent of Ardbeg Uigeadail. It is lip smackingly generous with plenty of oily body and coffee grounds. And then there’s a return to amontillado sherry, currants, ground brazil and pecan nuts. You could taste this a dozen times and write a dozen reviews with salient differences. This is a beer for restful contemplation, for sitting and talking about. This beer isn’t just a past master, but a current champion. One for me that is so devoid of fault that it immediately enters my pantheon of simply sublime beers.
So far, alongside Middlemiss Hodgson IPA, this is my beer of the year.
AcctError159802 (13) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2012
From the local Mitra liquor shop, shared with PapaEugene
Look: The beer pours a dark brown-black color with a nice brown head
Smell: A bit light. Coffee, malts and some salty licorice.
Taste: Wow, so much better than what could be expected based on the smell. Full flavors of coffee, salty licorice, soy sauce, dark chocolate with a very creamy aftertaste. Perfectly in balance
Mouthfeel: a bit thin for the style, medium carbonation
Overall: What a great example of the style, nice and balanced. Full flavored with only the basic beer ingredients!
fairwater (146) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2012
Bottle. Rich, almost whisky like aroma, coffee notes. Absolutely opaque black. Liquorice, fading to a deep roast coffee on first sip. Gorgeous beer! TheJestersBeer (2430) - SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2011
Pours a dark, reddish mahogany brown, with a brown head.
Rich, complex aromas, roasted malts, coffee beans, dark chocolate, hops, mint, licorice.
Off-dry, full bodied, medium to high bitterness, creamy CO2.
Creamy, rich, complex taste, heavily roasted, coffee beans, cocoa, licorice, faint smoke, ashes, hops, spices.
Very smooth, dangerously drinkable, an excellent choice for International Stout Day. (2011-11-03) kevinsenn (2245) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2011 500mL bottle from LCBO. Pours opaque black. Big noseful of chocolate and roasted malt. Dry chocolate and coffee taste with a dry bitter finish. Aroma is better than the taste, but still very tasty. GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2012
Bottle from the LCBO. Very dark ruby-brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, freshly roasted coffee, licorice and wood smoke. Medium bodied with light carbonation, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Flavour starts with coffee and bitter chocolate; develops some licorice and red wine in the middle; and finishes long with smoke, chicory, and more bitter chocolate. Gets better and better as it warms. Outstanding!