davidfoley (20) - New York, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance - Low head retention, light brown hue to head, dark brown colour, moderate carbonation
Smell - Chocolate, blackcurrant, cherry, malty, floral, alcohol presence
Taste - Fruit and dark berries, under-ripe cherries, over ripe plums, sweet, dried fruit, raisins, cognac like alcohol presence, slightly tart fruitiness. Bitterness in finish.
Mouthfeel - Lacks body, moderate carbonation, heavy fruit and alcohol
Drinkability - Heavy beer, doesn’t sit well, lacks body
Overall - Unbalanced, too tart. Drinkable beer, good in ways, but has it’s flaws
Countbeer (6336) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Thanks Owen: Shaker:
Black body, creamy brown head.
Aroma is very interesting: yeast, flowers, marzipan, prunes, raisins, liquorice, coffee, some rubber.
Flavour is roasty, spice, chocolate, some coffee and other dark ingredients with a crispy yeast tone, very nice.
Aftertaste is roasty, bitter, fruity, marzipan, coal and some wood roast.
Low carbo, silky mouthfeel, close to full bodied.
stevoj (4446) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
After sucking down countless Shitty lagers in Western Australia, I’ve found beer nirvana in the east. Dark seems to be the strength. Another great RIS, mellow but with a kick in the aftertaste. These RIS come on normal (think Guinness) but pack a wallop. Nice to see as t hides the burn. Murrays has the style down pat.
lusikka (7757) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown colour with a faint white head. Aroma of roastiness, cream and some sourness. Flavour of roasted malts, sour berries, raisins, grass and some mild wooden notes. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. Finishes sweet and warming. Weird.
TBone (16586) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle 330ml (PBF IX)
Dark brown color, small white head. Alcoholic, some toasted maltyness, licorice in the nose. Full-bodied, Quite simple roasted maltyness, lots of alcohol and iron in the flavor. No.
tiong (6779) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle @ PBF IX
Pours pitch black with a smooth head. Aroma of roastiness, some yeastiness, hints of spices, licorice and dark chocolate. Taste is sweet, leathery and ashy with some yeastiness, licorice and dark chocolate. Finish is malty, leathery and ashy with some roastiness and yeasty notes. Okay.
olio (9747) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
33 cl bottle @ PBF IX.
Pours dark ruby red, almost black color with a small head. Some cola-like notes on the aroma, caramel and some malts. Sweet caramel malts and soy on the flavor, dark fruits and sugar. Way too sweet and not that pleasant.
laiti (8194) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle @ PBF Ⅸ
Aroma has soy sauce, some licorice and grainy tones. Flavour has some licorice, roasted malts and soy sauce. Also some strong alcohol tones on some sips. Feels rather thin, straightforward and light for an IS.
Stew41 (1964) - Phuket, THAILAND - JAN 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A cellaring experiment (mid 2011 bottling). Should have tasted on release to get a better means on comparison but I suspect this hasn’t done too much over the past 2.5 years. Quite faithful to the style but the abv is a bit rough, boozy and peaty. Doesn’t make for easy drinking albeit structurally very sound for its age.
Shark_Pants (679) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with small tan head that disappears quickly leaving a film on top. Aromas of Belgian yeast, dark fruits, toffee. Interestingly, has aromas more similar to a quad. Taste is pitched somewhere between an imperial stout and a quad - caramel, cherries, plums, raisins, Vegemite, with the more familiar roasted malts and dark chocolate bitterness in the finish. Quite full bodied with a light oily texture. Lots of flavours, if not exactly lots of layers, and not strictly to style but very enjoyable nonetheless.
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Theydon_Bois (18198) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at my 5K tasting at Bruce’s pad, big thanks for Josh for another OZ tick, 13/11/13.
Mid black with a good sized tan head.
Nose is roast malt, dark chocolate, light booze, brown sugar, upfront and straightforward for the style.
Taste comprises roast malt, molasses, bitter chocolate, dark fruits, muscavado sugars.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, nice roasty tones in the closure.
Decent enough impy, lacks depth to be a great but a fairly easy drinking number.