klm1 (1869) - Bled/SF, - NOV 8, 2017
pours oily black opaque with creamy brown head. Aroma-flavors: roasted grain, toasted nutts/coconut/toffee, dark choco, mokka, prunes, vanilla, lightweight habanero heat, cinnamon, smooth texture, full almost thick body, moderate to medium carbonation. alliance100 (1169) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2017
330ml bottle - pours an oily black - Little to no carbonation . Rich sweet vanilla aroma , mild roast . Sweet chocolate notes , vanilla , molasses . Good stuff .
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Bottle shared with mum and dad, Bonfire Night, 5th November 17. Pours black and vicious. Aroma is rich, sweet prune juice, liquorice, molasses. Taste is smooth, sweet, prune, molasses, liquorice, a hint of chilli in the finish, I could have done with more to cut through the sweetness, but overall a decadent and complex impy. chinchill (5313) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2017
On tap at Engine 15 in JAX.
Look: dark black body with brown edges topped with a good beige head.
Sweet boozy aroma with hints of chocolate, although there is only rather faint chocolate in the taste.
Rich flavor. Quite sweet but not objectionable. Still, probably best as a dessert or after dinner brew. Dark dried fruits in a boozy presentation but fairly harmonious presentation.
Very full, smooth body with warmth and light-medium carbonation. Faberanza (17) - Torino, ITALY - OCT 22, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2017 Birra eccezionale a mio parere. molto invitante a livello olfattivo, ottima consistenza, piuttosto liquorosa. Si sentono inizialmente i sapori dolci di vaniglia e prugne, poi entra in azione il peperoncino a fare da piu che piacevole contorno. regge molto bene l'elevata gradazione alcolica. Põhjala si conferma sempre uno dei migliori birrificio del momento
superspak (6008) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2017
330 ml bottle into snifter, best before 3/8/2020. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, fudge, toffee, molasses, nuttiness, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, cherry, prune, chili pepper, tobacco, smoke, and roast/toasted earthiness. A touch of booze in the aromas as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, vanilla; light prune, pepper, and fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, fudge, toffee, molasses, nuttiness, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, cherry, prune, chili pepper, tobacco, smoke, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light roast/char bitterness and pepper spice on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, fudge, toffee, molasses, nuttiness, toasted dark bread, licorice, dark fruit, tobacco, chili pepper, smoke, roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, vanilla; light prune, pepper, and fruity yeast flavors; with a nice roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that is insane. Touch of slickness; minimal chalky roast, spice stickiness, or dryness. Alcohol is extremely well hidden; a slightly increasing warmth of 12.5% and pepper heat. Overall this is an amazing spiced imperial stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, vanilla; light prune, pepper, and fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV; with the mildly bitter/spicy finish. Huge on vanilla and dessert character. Not as much pepper or prunes as I hoped for; but the rich complexity of this stout is simply mind blowing. Amazingly well balanced and never acrid/astringent on roast. A highly amazing offering. madmitch76 (25568) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2017
26th July 2017migwell (367) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2017
Level 42 Bottleshare. Opaque dark brown beer, tidy tan head. Smooth palate, a little viscous. Rich dark chocolate malts, rich malt cream. Nice vibrant dark fruits. Chilli kicks in but never dominates or irritates. Touches of Port wine and Brandy. Smooth finish leaves a mild chilli linger. Very nice.
Hey, ABInBev! So happy to be working for you, the co-owners of Rate Beer and to be seen as supporting your many obvious efforts to crush craft brewing! Where the f*** is my paycheck? Keep buying all up those exotic hops that separate real product from your bland and watery sludge, you a**holes. Cripes, here's an Estonian brew that you haven't already bought up. Certainly miles ahead of your corporate crap. Well, enough perfectly correct outrage at your corporate deviousness... and on to a bit of a review. Carbonated prune juice? Possibly. This big ABV stout is very sweet and prune juicy and killer strong. The sugar sweetness turns me off and as for the apparently trendy habanero hotness, I generally cook with one every day. Nada, senor.
This is a bad 'hot' joke. Idiosynkrasie (7966) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - OCT 5, 2017
330ml bottle. Jet black oily pour, no head. Rich, chocolately, dark malty aroma, hints of Mexican chocolate sauce, a fruity touch of plum butter, some caramel. Taste is sweet, chocolately dark malty, fruity and peppery spicy, notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, plum butter, plum wine, hints of vanilla and cinnamon, some chili, very cautious smoky overtones; double warming peppery spicy and minimally alcoholic finish. Viscous texture, creamy and slightly sticky palate. Superbly balanced, not overdone, neither too sweet nor too spicy. Perfect sipper (not only) for the Advent season. GregMooreNH (109) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 4, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2017 Sweet, sticky stout. Aroma is of sweetness with a faint hint of chili. Has a sweet mouthfeel reminiscent of Samichlaus. Tiniest bit of chili flavor in aftertaste. A true sipping beer that should be savored.