SeniorZozo (1862) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 25, 2017 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a one finger tan shade - retention isn’t the best, but the soft and creamy texture it has make me forgive that. Not much lacing is left behind.
S: Quite chocolaty in general. There are slight hints of coffee, as well, but this is mostly chocolate, roast, and brown sugar. And that’s not a bad thing at all. Maybe it doesn’t have the depth of other imperial stouts, but what’s here works quite well.
T: There are some slight chocolaty hints, not only to start, but on the finish as well. In general, though, this one is roasty. Not oppressively so - it does end in a slightly sweet fashion - but it does enough to cleanse the palate of excess sweetness. There are also some coffee-ish hints, along with a bit of alcohol and licorice (usually the bane of imperial stouts for me.) Just like with the nose, it isn’t the most complex imperial stout on the market. However, it’s still quite enjoyable that does a good job of bringing the traits I like within the style.
M: It’s not the driest imperial stout, nor is it the sweetest. Rather, it strikes a neutral balance between the two. Make no mistake, in spite of its full body, it’s quite drinkable for a 10% RIS, and despite the alcohol flavor, there isn’t much booze to be felt on the palate.
O: Not a top-tier RIS, but certainly a very good one. It has to compete with the likes of Old Rasputin, though, and that makes this one a hard sell for yours truly. Still, I’d have no trouble drinking this one again.
vincentvega72 (767) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2017
Tasting Sessions @ Budapest, Hungary
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Puur zwart bier, olie-achtige textuur. Dikke mokkakleurige schuimkraag die langzaam inzakt tot fijn laagje. Roast, pure chocolade, espresso, leer, tabak. Lange bittere afdronk. Enige minpuntje : had tikkeltje dikker/romiger mogen zijn. Bier is niet dun, daar niet van, maar de smaak eist een dikker mondgevoel. Voor de rest prima stout. Kiezmar (684) - Kraków, POLAND - JUN 18, 2017
Bottle. Caramel, bread, grain coffee. Medium mody, a little bit alcoholic but smooth. katrinaez (2073) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2017
Pours dark black, boozy aroma of smoke and malts, much smoother taste, some bitter malts, enjoyable. Charred mossy taste. tap at brewery. DwarfeD (3540) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2017
Bottle at home. Hazy dark brown with a medium beige head. Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation. Well balanced bitter and subtle sweet tones. Caramel, nuts, roasted malts, vanilla, oak and spices. Very good.
bytemesis (8545) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 21, 2017
Bottle. Pours clear reddish black, medium creamy tan head, dissipates fairly slowly, nice lacing. Aroma is roast, molasses, cocoa, tobacco. Medium sweet, medium bitter. Medium plus body, classic straightforward chewy and adjunct free. Well crafted. Pubrat (3) - Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2017 does not count
Bottle. Dark and strong. Can see why they say port, but I’m getting pumpernickel too. A little sticky, a little sweet, but mostly a good robust stout. fugitive (2019) - Athens, GREECE - MAY 14, 2017
Bottle. Color black with medium brown head. Aroma malt, chocolate, roasted. Taste sweet, dark chocolate, roasted, some bitterness. Korcz (3389) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 23, 2017
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. Nikły, palony aromat. Trochę wodniste, mocno palone, z lekką czekoladą i wyraźnym alkoholem. Nuda. alekp2 (10) - POLAND - APR 4, 2017
Czarne, nieprzejrzyste. Aromat typowy, bardzo przyjemny. W smaku dominuje gorzka czekolada, z nieco zbyt ciężką ściągającą goryczką na końcu - niestety psuje to trochę całość i obniża pijalność. Ogólnie - całkiem ok, ale czterech liter nie urywa.