Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2013
I poured this one aggressively into a snifter. I got just a hint of head that disappeared before I could really get any read on it. It didn't even leave any real ring. No lacing tries to cling to the glass. Body is a deep dark brown.
There is a very pronounced head on this one. Dark fruit, caramel and toffee are very "loud" aromas, having been very noticeable as I poured. Roasted malt is present as well.
Dark fruit and roasted malt are up front. These transition into dark coffee, dark chocolate and hints of slightly over-roasted nuts. Booze comes in and plays around the flavors at the end. As the beer warms there is a hint of dark soda (similar to a Dr Depper or root beer) in the transition from dark fruit to dark chocolate/coffee.
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Bottled. Pours black with beige head. Aromas of burnt malt and pit fruit. Flavors of prune and roasted malt. Beer is acrid from the burnt malts with tang from the fruit esters. Finishes with burnt overtones which detract. It’s just ok Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 28, 2013
Matthews tasting, Aarhus, DK.
Dark brown with beige head. Aroma of roasted malt. Flavour with burned edge. Nice palate mikkellund42 (887) - DENMARK - APR 24, 2013
Bottle @ Torben Mathews Tasting. Pours opaque black with dark brown head. Aroma had heavy notes of Vegamite, but also malt, gain, cereal, grass, horse blanket, licorice, faint fruity and light spicy. Taste is initial medium sweet then medium to heavy bitter in excellent balance. Body is medium to full creamy with soft carbonation. Finish is long with notes of gravy and Sunday roast. Suttree (6484) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Cellar cleaning tick. I think this is a 2009 or 2010 vintage. Black, no head. Smell like coffee and prunes and raisins. Taste is coffee and cocao, plus some dark fruity notes. Dry woody finish.
Lukaduke (3206) - Gray, Maine, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Pours a rich deep umber black color with a big four finger deep mocha brown foam that sticks nicely... Aromas are chewy dark chocolate, boozy roasted malts and a touch of caramel sweetness. On the palate its well balanced between deep roasty earth notes and sweet caramel and chocolate notes... Nice carbonation and a silky rich body make this stout a winner with no detectable booze in the finish. Nice. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2013
12-oz. Pours black with a dense and creamy dark tan head. Lots of drippy lace. Big roasty ashy nose. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Roasty, ashy mid palate with baking chocolate presence. Drinkable enough, but on the dry side, and goes a bit chalky. thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2012
The appearance of this stout is its best quality, it pours a dense almost black with a small brown head. The nose is a bit weak. But the flavor is nice, mostly meaty with undertones of dark chocolate. It’s certainly more bitter, but not overpoweringly so. The palate is also nice, creamy and full, but with some unexpected fizziness. MacBoost (1935) - Victor, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Apparently this beer gets shit on pretty hard. Lets see if my taste agrees with the general consensus... Pours a thinish deep red, almost black with a brown head that starts out small but eventually builds to a 2 finger size. Aromas of anise, roast, fast food. Taste is bitter malt, little hop presence, alcohol hidden, very dry finish. I like this beer. This may be one of the driest imperial stouts I’ve had to date. Decent. bhensonb (15627) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark brown black with a slight dark tan head. Aroma is chocolate, dark fruit and smooth burnt malt. Full bodied. Flavor is chocolate, dark fruit, coffee and some reasonably strong liquorice. Pretty tasty stuff. Finishes not all that sweet, and there’s enough bitter to help with what’s left of that.