BeerandBlues2 (13870) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle shared by Travlr. Pours opaque black with a medium, frothy tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt with prunes and earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with bitter malt and hop balanced, earthy hops and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation. Cantabrian (1161) - Christchurch NZ, now Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2013
Vinous aroma, more of those fruity IPA’s, with Vidal and Riesling desrt wines, something novel in the region of Imperial Stouts, at least for me. The beer is dark brown, nearly black, with little head. Flavours of roasted malts, ashes, mocha, capuccino and raisins...but I get little of the chocolates and cocoa mentioned before. The palate seems a bit two-phased, with a grainy phase and a watery one. Not my personal favourite for the style, but I find this a commendable attempt at a very unique Double Stout with a New Zealand face, and still far away from falling into the nonsensical bitterness of an oxymoronic "Black IPA". Had it had the right channels and the right presentation, it could be immensely popular worldwide. Oakes (19013) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 16, 2013
Dark brown, thin head. Aroma is sweet and fudgey. Taste has an earthy, tobaccoey element, with a little stinging malt. Rich bitter finish. Intense. Good stuff. DylansDad (664) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 3, 2013
Coffee cocoa vanilla roasty toasty, it really is delicious until the alcohol afterburner kicks in at the end and roughens up what, until then, was a beautiful smooth ride. gam (4097) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2013
Medium tan head dark pour carbonation medium aromas rich chocolate vanilla coffee raisin dark fruit the flavours roasted coffee dark chocolate fruity raisin strong bitter liquorice sweetness the finish strong enough tastes the best aftertastes roasted dark tastes fruit ligering bitter nice sweetness pleasant imperial
omega (899) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 19, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2014 Big roasty malts on the nose. This beer sits on the boundary of being either a very large stout, or on the more restrained style of imperial.
Not that any of this really matters as I believe this beer is about to sell out and we will not have ten people to review it. Sad panda.
RERATE: Sadly looks like I was right. This is a very drinkable impy stout that while not being like motor oil is a good example of a high alc stout.