GregMooreNH (256) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 25, 2017
2017 batch. Pours dark and viscous, with limited head. Aroma is chocolate, roast and licorice. Taste bring bitter chocolate with a hint of herbs. Finish is strong with a bite of hops typical with a good Russian Imperial Stout. An excellent beer that has a kick. halfonit (1412) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 27, 2017
Pours black with a thick caramel colored head. Aroma is of malts, roasty/toasty, slight coffee, chocolate, and molasses. Has a heavy, sweeter palate. Flavor is of malts, molasses, chocolate, toastiness, and toffee. Leaves a toasted chocolate malt finish. Still a little hot, but let this baby age for a year or two and you’re going to have something special. Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - MAY 5, 2017
Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a pitch black color with a finger’s worth of white to off white foamy head that dissipated fairly nice. Light stringy lace.
The aroma had black licorice, some ash/char, and some dark and milk chocolate sweet and bitterness.
The flavor blended very nice between the sweet, the ash, and the bitterness. Good amount of the blend seemed to stride into the aftertaste and rolling into the finish.
The feel was about medium bodied with a great smoothness about it, somewhat silky with a sturdy ABV. Carbonation felt good.
Overall, very nice imperial stout well worthy to have again. malrubius (3084) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAR 18, 2017
Bottle from Brewtopia. Black with tan ring. Cocoa chocolate vanilla booze earthy woody aroma. Dark chocolate cocoa medium-heavy sweetness with subdued fruit with woody roasted long medium bitter finish. Full body low fine carbo. Rich as fucking hell, just boozy enough without going overboard, TOTALLY FUCKING EXCELLENT. thepatrickman (1503) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2017
Bottle at a share. Well, this is equal parts unexpected and pleasant. This is an excellent, very well made imperial stout. The mouthfeel in particular stands out -- it hits the perfect spot -- silky smooth and full without teetering over into viscous and oily. The flavor backs up the mouthfeel, giving it a rich taste that’s dominated by coffee and a bit of dark fruits. Really excellent.
AirForceHops (8026) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2016
Bottle. Most recent vintage. Pitch black color the snifter. Head died real fast, showing no retention. The biggest aroma is black licorice, along with charred malt and a touch of chocolate nuances. johnnnniee (4457) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Mouthfeel is smooth and silky but the body isn’t what I consider full for the style. And at the gravity I was expecting more fullness. Licorice seems to dominate the palate, with notes of chocolate, raisins and prune juice. The ABV is almost completely hidden. Over all I love imperial stouts and this is a classic non- barrel aged example of the style. For my personal tastes it shows just a bit much licorice or anise flavor.
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Rich roasty maltiness with bits of caramel and dark dried fruits. Solid earthy hop presence even after a year. Very tasty, glad I got to try this! jtclockwork (17631) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2015 Bottle. Pours dark brown tan head. Nose and taste of black licorice, anise and chocolate - heavy licorice - lighter medium body. mcox90 (2159) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - APR 12, 2015
UPDATED: APR 16, 2015 500ml bottle, 2015 vintage. Pours an inky black with zero head. Aromas of dark roasted malt, prunes, licorice and old leather waft from my snifter. All the above are also represented in the flavor. Wonderfully blended together, perfectly balanced. This beer had the silkiest, smoothest palate I’ve ever experienced in a beer, incredible.
Now I will discuss why my overall score is only a 10. It’s the cork. I think Kelsen must have a batch of either old or just plain, to big, corks. It would not come out and finally broke off, clean with the lip of the bottle. It wouldn’t come out with a corkscrew either, just crumbled to dust. I finally had to go down to my workshop and drill the cork out, which of course got bits and pieces of cork into my beer, which then had to be strained. What a frustrating experience. I will contact Kelsen about this. If they respond in a positive manner, I will adjust my score accordingly.
Well, Kelsen did promise to "take care of me" so I have adjusted my score as promised. puboflyons (3529) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 22, 2015
From the 2015 first batch corked caged bottle. That cork is really on tight - just a warning. Jet black pour with tremendous, fluffy, foamy tan head. Opaque all the way through. Those aromas are an incredible mixture of dark roasted malts, black licorice, prune, tobacco, and a bit of alcohol. The body is full, creamy, smooth, and warming from start to finish. Just can’t ask fort a better mouthfeel. The taste is exactly what I had hoped for with a notable dark malt, black licorice, and dark fruit character. The booze is nearly invisible in the flavor. An abundant earthy hop bitterness to close it all out at the end. Russian Imperial Stouts are among my favorite styles and this one is right up there with the best of them.