lightbias (452) - USA - AUG 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The cap peeled with my rockin’ guitar bottle-opener, the aroma is like Sunday in bed with a steaming cup and the morning sun just starting to warm the windows. With deep coffee and a hint of baking chocolate in the air, the beer is already making my mouth water.
I pour the brew, a rosy, nut brown, a very creamy liquid, capped in a porous, dense foam, the color of toasted almonds. The head disappears in minutes, but is easily teased back to attention with a swirl of the glass. I bring my lips to the snifter, I sample lightly, the first few drops, and let the beer spread thinly over my tongue. I breathe through my mouth, to draw the aroma deeper, feeling the sting of the alcohol and I swallow more deeply, the next mouthful, to complete the experience. The layers of flavor begin to peel away and a dark molasses comes alive between the layers I’d discovered in the aroma. A hint of leather and tobacco abuse the surface of my tongue; I sip, and the cool brew flows creamy, soothing the bite of alcohol and the bitter dryness of the finish. The carbonation is a touch lively for my liking, but quite flavorful, and a bit sweeter than I expected, but delicious!
The ABV is timid in comparison to my last few reviews, and as far as a Dark Apparition, I never did see any ghosts, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t there...
JefVerstraete (3009) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - AUG 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a trade. Many thanks! Vintage 2014. Black colour, brown foam. Medium carbonation. Bitter and roasty stout with notes of coffee. Bitter hoppy finish. Light sweetness. Well balanced. Good!
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark cola colored pour with cocoa colored head that quickly dissipates (unfortunately). Sweet chocolate, roasted barley, faint bitterness, alcohol warmth, molasses, dark fruits. Good stuff.
Iznogud (2844) - CROATIA - JUL 27, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen. Pours black with off-white head. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, licorice, dark fruits. Complex. Full bodied.
TBone (16267) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color, small off-white head. Tobacco in the nose, also some licorice. Medium-bodied. Licorice and tobacco also in the flavor. Lots of alcohol - warming aftertaste.
haukur (1842) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUL 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
backlog. bottle. Black. Aroma is melasses, roast, dried fruit, dark chocolate. Nice mouthfeel, full bodied, nice sipper.
TorbenJensen (1468) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coarse nougat colored and persistent foam. It is brewed with 7 malt varieties and smells wonderful coffee and dark chocolate. The taste is most influenced by the coffee and black pepper, but it also has a taste of brown sugar, chocolate and caramelt. At the bottom of the palate you will find raisins and other dried fruits and a little vanilla. Gradation is high and tasting a hint of alcohol toward the end. The hops are composed of European and American hops and provides long and heavy aftertaste. It is a tasty and elegant imperial stout, but it sets no new standards for the type that you have not tasted before.
Bule (1889) - California, USA - JUN 26, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle pours a thick black color without any head. Lots of molasses. It smooths out with some time to breath. Mild hops noticeable at the end.
Knilas (25) - Sidney, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Jet black in color with a nice brownish tan head. Notes of coffee, chocolate and heavy on the molasses. Light happiness and easy on the carbonation. One of the finest imperial stouts I’ve tried. I’ll be buying many more of these!
Theydon_Bois (17679) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at the 4th Copenhagen Beer Celebration, Session 2, 01/05/2015.
Black with a big old tan head that retains well.
Nose is roast malt, spice, charr, chocoalte, toffee.
Taste comprises dark fruit rinds, charr, dark malt, toffee fudge, chocolate, light spice.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close.