Hikeg (295) - - DEC 18, 2015
Large, creamy, light brown, mostly lasting head, good lacing. Normal, dark brown body. Moderate malty aroma, with notes of roasted, nutty, molasses, milk chocolate and mild coffee. Moderate hoppy aroma, with notes of spruce, resin and orange. Light yeasty aroma, with notes of dough and sweat. Notes of date, toffee, vanilla and licorice. Moderate sweet, light bitter, light acidic and salty initial flavor. Long, light sweet, heavy bitter and moderate acidic finish. Medium to full body. Oily texture. Soft carbonation. Light alcoholic, moderate astringent finish. Very nice! mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Love it. Rich and thick and bitter and coffee. A little sweet in the first finish, then dry husked malt. So intense. Quite one-dimensional, but when that dimension is this good, I don’t care. e303 (287) - - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle to stout glass. Pours a thick black with a brown head that lasts. Aroma is malt, roast, tiny bit of hops. The taste is chocolatey up front with a bitter hop balance. The finish is thick and chewy. Not bad.
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22oz bottle pours dark, thick black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is coffee and chocolate. Taste is rich and thick. Toasty and smokey. A descent bitter aftertaste with a little booze burn. Very good imperial stout. theSlipperyPen (285) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2010
2008 bottle wears a creamy chocolate brown head, which rises and falls to a lasting lacing. This clings stubbornly to the glass. The beer is black as jet with only the very edges showing any of its ruby colour, making this rather good looking. The nose is of bitter cocoa and day old espresso, then there’s steeped raisin and liqourice which give off a porterlike vinousness. I can pick up on some of the hops, but after two years these have turned to an aroma of damp forest floor. There are hints of leather and possibly the rubber sole of a well worn boot. In the mouth the bitterness makes itself known; this is all about the chocolate and coffee. Grape seeds and marzipan mix with ash and wood to give some life to that scent of forest floor. The alcohol has subsided but is warming nonetheless. And every so often one gets a sip that is full of booze, with a character somewhere between port and whisky. A thick body and low carbonation give this an enjoyably silken texture. On the finish the ash and cocoa lead to an ending of roasted malt. Though it doesn’t offer many surprises, it is a traditional - if somewhat dry - imperial stout that does exactly what it should.
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Holy cow this hides the alcohol well. I was wondering why I felt so loopy when I read the label and saw 10%... Well-balanced with lots of chocolate malts. Some good hop bite to it, and has a long smooth finish. Very well done. Sparf (283) - SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2012
Mjuka kraftiga rostade toner, men inte så stor doft. Aning kaffe och choklad. Alkoholen slår igenom en aning.
Så gott som ogenomskinlig vätska med dragning åt en vacker rödbrun färg i botten av glaset. Tätt skum med lång halveringstid.
Rejält besk och mycket kraftig rostning. Även viss rökighet. Små bubblor i en tämligen rik kolsyremiljö ger en silkeslen känsla och fyllighet.
Torr avslutning i klassisk stout-stil, men med längre och beskare eftersmak än vanligt. waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2009
Pours dark black...dark like the moon disappeared. Small tan head after pour. The nose is dark fruits, fig and cherry, roasted malt, chocolate nibs, and coffee. The taste is similar with vanilla and brown sugar as well. The palate is thick like oil and the aftertaste is warm and welcoming with a slight hint of booze and chocolate. Great winter impy ale! Nijstrom (280) - Turku, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2015
Bottle. Pitch black with a large, off-white and frothy head. Roasted malts, caramel, chocolate and a tiny bit of liquorice. Moderately sweet and slightly acidic with a long, dry finish. mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - DEC 10, 2009
pours black with a nice tan head. aroma is cola, coffee, brown sugar. flavor is dark chocolate, burnt marshmallow, roasted nuts, alcohol. very full body, slight saltiness with a really long woody finish. great.