The_Osprey (2184) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottled Sep 2010 at 12.5%, so over 4 years old now. Black, just a small ring of head. Aroma is yeasty and a little metallic, oil, dark chocolate syrup. Nice aspects but could be better. Body is full, smooth, soft carbonation. Body is spot-on. Taste is smooth malty molasses, chocolate, some ’cold’ tangy alcoholic high notes, a little goat cheese. Drying, woody, bitter finish. Very good.
malrubius (1901) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 2, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From old tasting notes - Black with ring head. Roasted smoky salami (?) char and ash aroma. Rich roasty smoky salami minimal fruit roasted nuts. Soft rich palate. Awesome.
Stuu666 (4092) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is roasted chocolate, taste is chocolate, bitter, dry.
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Bottled Sept 2010; Drank Jan 2013 - BCA; heavily sedimented. Pitch Black in colour. Very Malty; roasty malts, dark and milk chocolate, liquorice, burnt toffee, some espresso coffee, hints of smoke. Tarry. Fruity; notes of dark fruits, raisins. Hoppy; some hop bitterness. Some warming alcohol; not too surprising at this ABV. Sweet roast malty with intense chocolate flavours. Enjoyed this a lot. Terrific Imperial Stout!
olliejobbins (1088) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
x/1/13 had in Newcastle. pours a very dark brown almost black. small head that lasts. aroma is of coffee and alcohol. very nice taste. thinnish mouth feel but really nice alcohol and bitter coffee taste.
tderoeck (5290) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
6/X/13 - 33cl bottle @ home - BB: n/a (2013-931) Thanks to Nicki and Mike for transporting the bottles!
Clear dark brown to black beer, irregular big bubbled beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: mocha and coffee are dominating, liquorish, alcohol, lots of caramel, some vanilla, bit sugary. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: sugar, mocha, coffee, cocoa powder, alcohol, dried fruits, slightly sourish, hint of overripe fruits. Aftetaste: chocolate, dried fruits, coffee, alcohol, very roasted almost burnt taste.
Inbreak (2490) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUL 25, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 24.07.2013, 0,33l bottle sampled @ BBGTC "best-before-last-summer-tasting" :
Nice brown creamy shortlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich, dark malts, dark sugar, hops, alcohol, perfume, licorice, coffee, cocoa, thinner. Taste is slightly sweet, dark malts, dark sugar, harsh hay, sour coffee, grass, perfume, thinner, oak, cocoa, caramel, licorice. Longlasting bitterness, dry harsh mouthfeel. Not for me!
ej (821) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - JUL 24, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pitch black with a fast subsiding dark-tanmed head. Intense aroma with heavy roast, coffee, chocolate, leather and tar. Some alcohol is also evident. Taste is heavy liquorice with coffee, tar and leather. Burnt malts and warming alcohol. Thick and creamy on the palate with soft carbonation.
ClubGonzo (4281) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2013 Bottle, shared with BBGTC @ "Best Before Last Summer Tasting 2013". At last a bottle with which the BB date can be ignored! :-D Pours a jet black body with a medium creamy beige head. Aroma is licorice, grassy hops, dark chocolate, leather, hints of coffee and alcohol. Taste is licorice, coffee, dense dark chocolate and hints of booze and leather. Full body, soft to medium carbonation. Solid, but not exceptional.
SydBeer (4) - - MAY 11, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma with chocolate and coffee. Hops resin. Black oil color, with minimal brown head. Full body, oily feel, flat carbonation. Very good imperial stout.