Alengrin (4895) - BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2017
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Ster at her place, cheers! Yellowish pale beige, creamy, moussy head, nicely lacing, thinning in the middle, over a black beer with hazy burgundy edges. Lovely aroma, soy sauce at first, toffee, balsamic-glazed roasted beetroot, bitter chocolate, salted caramel, gravy, ginger powder, liquorice candy, dried orange peel, cigar tobacco and - indeed - walnuts. Following the soy sauce and gravy aspect in the aroma, the palate starts off with heavy, meaty umami flavors, suppressing a faint hint of sweet candied fig and the sourishness of roasted barley; deeply nutty middle, lots of bitter black chocolate and some softening caramelliness, toasted bitterness in the end, nutty and liquorice flavors adding complexity (the liquorice even lingering beyond the finish - although it too is probably connected to the added walnuts somehow). Spicy hoppiness pierces through in the end, and so does an afterglow of warming, whisky-like alcohol, well in place and not descending into unpleasant wryness at any point. This is only my second beer from this small Ohio brewery but I’m beginning to love their works, this is again a thing of beauty - if you don’t mind heavy gravy- and soy sauce-like umami flavors in your stout, that is. I don’t, at least not if it is embedded in a sufficiently rich and complex basic structure and that certainly is the case here.
blueshockey24 (537) - Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2017
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is sweet chocolate malty fruity. Taste is sweet chocolate malt with a boozy malty chocolate finish. Pretty good but not something i would seek out.
Atom (2256) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle of 2015 pours a dark brown/black with a thin tan head. Sweet aroma of chocolate, molasses, dates, and candied sugar. Thick and slick palate, sweet flavors of chocolate, caramel, dates, molasses and candied sugar, finishing with light a light bitter earthy roast, nuts, and a touch of alcohol. Very nice!
jackl (7355) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample @ RBWG Tampa Epic Hotel Share. Thanks to whoever brought this! Deep brown pour with a small tan head. Nose is full of chocolate syrup. Mellow earthy charred grain. Flavor skews sweet. Nice chocolate. Pretty oily and chewy. Brown sugar. Light bitter roast. Full bodied. Good sipper.
Prufrockstar (2052) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Dutch’s. Dark brown pour, clear with small dark brown fine-bubbled head. Short duration. Minimal lacing. Aroma: roast and chocolate mainly. Don’t pick up anything particularly nutty here. Taste is balanced -- not overly sweet, but not overly roasty or bitter either. Just a nice, middle of the road, well-crafted imperial stout. Full body, slick texture, average carbonation. Long lasting roastiness.
Cybercat (5392) - Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours opaque coffee brown with a light tan head. Aroma offers roast malt, molasses, nutty and chocolate notes. Flavor delivers roast malt, nutty, chocolate and subtle molasses notes. Mouthfeel features OK body and lively fizz. Gotta love it - since I was named for another love goddess: Freya.
edgallow (3932) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 4, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours black with a tan head. Aroma of walnuts, chocolate, dried fruit and grain.. Taste is walnuts, coffee and chocolate.
jhamp9 (1760) - Corinth, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2016
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black pour with a tan head. Spotty lacing. Atoma is sweet caramel, nutty, dark chocolate, and coffee. Taste is bitter dark chocolate, nuts, toffee, coffee, and vanilla. Medium body.
gregwilsonstl (2292) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 8, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Walnut aroma. Strong walnut flavor that works really well in this chocolatey stout. Very nutty. Creamy. Thx Jsquire.
JBPortland (1523) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle pours dark brown black with finger plus of tan head. Nose and taste have nice nutty chocolate, cream, cacao, soft dark fruit, balanced roast, toasted malt, earthy, semi sweet, velvety body and great lingering finish.