Joakgust (1466) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2017
Bottle. Opaque black brown beer with a large beige head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, coffee, chocolate, molasses and grains. Flavor is malty with notes of caramel, espresso, chocolate, herbs, molasses and coffee. Well balanced. Dawsemeister (38) - - DEC 31, 2016
The aroma is fairly subtle, but the coffee is present. Once this is in your mouth though, the flavour explodes! Lots of coffee and malty chocolate, with warming brandy notes and lingering hops. It is all very well balanced, so no one flavour dominates, making this complex and moreish stout. UXO (1896) - CANADA - DEC 6, 2016
Appearance: solid unrelieved black with one fat finger of dense creamy dark brown head, excellent retention and lacing. (5/5) Aroma: milk chocolate, coffee, roasty malt, dark fruit, grassy. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, high bitter. (8/10) Palate: full viscid body, moderate carbonation, lingering bitter and slightly astringent warming finish. (4/5)
Damn. Big and bombastic, with enough of a battle royale going on between the sweet and bitter (with the added sideshow of the espresso/coffee) that you’re completely distracted from the high ABV. And when I say "milk chocolate", I ain’t lying - the head smells and tastes (and feels!) pretty much exactly like a chocolate milkshake. This is really good, verging on great, but I can’t help but wish I had tried the non-espresso version first. Not just because I prefer to try the original before trying variants, but also because in this case I think the espresso might be adding some astringency to the finish that otherwise might not have been there. I rather suspect the base beer has enough complexity that the added coffee notes weren’t strictly necessary. Ah, well - maybe on my next trip to the Excited States. (17/20) Batavi (394) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2016
Fles gekocht bij Vinotake Waalwijk, uitgeschonken in een To Øl Teku glas. Gitzwart van kleur, met een volle, romige lichtbruine schuimkraag. Intense aroma’s van espresso koffie, vanille, melkchocolade, bruine suiker, een beetje dessert achtig, en ook wat meer aardse tonen van eikenhout en tabaksbladeren. De body is dik en olieachtig, met tonen van espresso, vanille, eikenhout en zachte tonen van donker fruit als rozijnen en vijgen. Het
mondgevoel is crème achtig, maar toch niet zwaar. Licht zoetig, en heel gebalanceerd in smaak, met een duidelijke hopbitterheid en licht ziltige tonen. Zeer goede koffie Imperial Stout, mooi in balans met meerdere complexe lagen in de aroma’s en smaken. wombat23 (1621) - Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2016
Shared 22oz bottle. Pours almost black, dark tan head, very thick. Aroma of roasted malt, espresso, oak, Taste is intense with roasted malt, espresso, chocolate, oak, and vanilla. Moderately bitter finish. Excellent.
darbeer75 (936) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2016
Aroma: intense roastiness with some oakiness; Appearance: thick, rich black with creamy tan head that looks like egg nog; Taste: very smooth with roasty, chocolatey flavor; not getting much espresso; very nice; Palate: extremely heavy body with long, sweet and malty finish; Overall: quite delicious. Would definitely get again. Steven_B (249) - East Kilbride, SCOTLAND - SEP 17, 2016
What an amazing beer. Pours black with a large brownish head. Aroma full of coffee, roasted malts, chocolate an some oak. Flavour wasn’t much different to that but the coffee flavour through this is superb! At this moment this is the best beer I have had. Nekronos (4174) - Xalapa, MEXICO - SEP 11, 2016
Great one. Very think and delicious. Quite aromatic and of great features in the over all. Good to enjoy with fine food. weordie (1316) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2016
Pours black with a huge tan head. The aroma was a mix of fresh coffee, oak and bourbon. The flavour much the same but the fresh roasted coffee was a huge point. Amazing beer. g_georgiou (591) - CYPRUS - AUG 18, 2016
Dark black body with a dark brown head. Aroma is malty, chocolate, coffee, roasted,wood. Taste is sweet and medium bitter. Full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Very nice.