Benzai (15608) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2015
UPDATED: APR 23, 2015 Bottle [from trade with mista] @ home. Opaque black color, medium sized brown colored head that lasts for a decent while. Aroma is malts, roasted malts, dark chocolate. Taste malts, roasted malts, dark chocolate, slightly mocha, some coffee, roasted malts and chocolate bitter. Medium to full body, oily texture, suitable carbonation. bgold86 (35) - - APR 1, 2015
Very malty, lots of smoke, that’s it, nothing else no chocolate no coffee no vanil... Art (3217) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Another one that I can’t believe took me so long to try. On tap at HOTB. Pours a dark brown black with a medium brown head. Aromas of fudge, ash, tobacco. Taste is lightly sweet and acrid. Really well balanced and flavorful. Body is medium thick. Carbonation is medium low. MrOrla (3207) - Odense C, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle. Deep brown to black color, light brown head. Taste Dark chocolate, roasted malt, burnt sugar, coffee, bitter finish, well balanced. BRW (2781) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAR 25, 2015
On tap at BBF. Black colour with beige head. Roasted,coffee, chocolate aroma. Roasted, coffee taste, some chocoalte, bitter. Medium to full body.
JefVerstraete (3355) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - MAR 25, 2015
Bottle from a trade. Vintage 2014. Dark brown/black colour, dark brown foam. Aroma of chocolate and caramel along with bitter roasty flavours. Sweet with bitter hoppy finish. Well balanced. Good imperial stout. liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - MAR 22, 2015
12 oz bottle. Aroma: malty, roasty, and boozy, with hints of chocolate, coffee, leather, and tobacco. Taste/Palate: sweet and creamy; finishes slightly astringent and bitter. superspak (5594) - Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2015
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/5/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, licorice, leather, tobacco, light pine, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, licorice, leather, char, tobacco, herbal, light pine, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roast/char and herbal hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, char, leather, tobacco, light smoke, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Russian imperial stout. All around great balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. Alpha10 (757) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2015
2015/03/20 - Pours a jet black colour with a thin, creamy, khaki head that quickly reduces. Aroma is cocoa, burnt sugar, coffee, licorice, strong molasses, spices and alcohol. Taste follows nose; bitter coffee, cocoa, burnt sugar, molasses, cinnamon, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium and oily with average carbonation and bittersweet, mildly warming finish. Very nice.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone whitehotg8 (85) - Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2015
2014 poured into a snifter. Appearance is dark as night with that nice dark khaki head that fades. I get cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, espresso, slight licorice, hint of spice in the aroma. Taste is complex and satisfying. Notes of coffee, chocolate (both sweet and bitter), toasted nuts, cinnamon, and at the end just a nod to the hops with a lingering oily texture. Solid, well executed imperial stout. Got some socked away for later!