MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
My Bottom Line:JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2013
Long dark chocolate malts whip up chocolate chip allusions as well as roasted bread crumbs in a slender and bitter vehicle.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the brown-edged black.
-Even though the finish is balanced out by hop bitterness, you can still stay this brew’s all about the malts.
-This is not as sweet as many NAmerican takes on the style.
-Alcohol was not a bother at all in the flavor profile.
Bottle from the LCBO. Pours a deep black with a thick tan head. The nose is awesome. Caramel and cocoa with a bit of soft smoked malt and a touch of saltiness. There is a little bit of plummy fruit character through the middle. Soft sweetness on the palate with some nice fudgey character. A little bit of soft cocoa with a nice light roastiness. Damn tasty beer. mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
[6830-20140930] 330mL bottle. Roasted figs and toasted woody bread crusts aroma. Black body with a medium-lasting foamy tan head. Roasted figgy plum flavour has a nice soft boozy finish. Medium-full body. Good, the alcohol kind of sneaks around but it seems easy to drink at first. (8/3/8/4/15) 3.8 gyllenbock (9177) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle from Systembolaget.
Almost black with a medium tan head. Nice aroma and taste of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and some fruit. The finish was dry and fairly bitter.
czar (9066) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2014
pours very dark brown with a small light beige head, some retention and lacing. chocolate, booze, raisins, treacle and some milky notes - moderate to low sweetness, licorice, spices, burnt caramel and cereals, also some fresh dark red fruitiness, some pine, slightly earthy, hint of ashes and soy sauce. moderate to low carbonation, light to medium body - oily, grassy-spicy-piney-bitter coffee finish. balanced and tasty. pleasant surprise - very nice!
solidfunk (8953) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Lots of roast malt with a good dose of bitter chocolate and a light note of rust. Creamy, thick texture with low carbonation. Pours black with mocha head and lacing. Bitter finish with a little caramel sweetness. Turns a little sour on the long term aftertaste. Bottle from lick-bough. Cuso (8688) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 7, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2014 Bottle from trade with Cunningham, many thanks. Almost black color with huge beige head. Nice strong coffee, roasted malt aroma. Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, plums in taste. Alcohol is evident, but not in disturbing way. Long coffee bitter finish. Tasty. Svesse (8599) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2014
(Bottle) Black colour with lasting, rocky, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, dried fruit (figs, raisins), liquorice, black rye bread and hints of orange peel. Malty, roasted taste with notes of black coffee, dark chocolate, cacao, liquorice, black rye bread, dark fruit, some vanilla sweetness, hits of burnt sugar and a generous coffee bitterness in the finish. Almost full body, with a certain sweetness. Not quite as powerful as the stronger 2011 version, but a bit more balanced, actually in excellent balance. Lovely beer. Cunningham (7969) - Halden, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2013
ogivlado (7810) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 24, 2013
Appearance: Black color with a nice big bubbly beige head. Fine lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malt, chocolate and some fruity notes.
Palate: Thick oily body. Slightly sweet, with a mild bitterness. Creamy carbonation.
Taste: Cold coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and some fruity notes. Well hidden alcohol.
Overall impression: Well balanced and smooth. Lovely beer. And I can still not spot the difference between Imperial Stout and Imperial Strong Porter. I thought this was an Imp Stout.
Personal stats: Bottle from Systembolaget in Strömstad, Sweden.
Bottled 330ml. -Black coloured, small cappuccino head, chocolat and mild coffee in the nose. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and licorice with pleasant notes of spices. Alcohol well hidden. Long bitter finish. Very nice indeed.