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Galway Bay Two Hundred Fathoms

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Brewed by Galway Bay Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Galway, Ireland
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 4.09/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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bottled, special
limited to ~800 bottles
Yellow Spot whiskey barrel aged imperial stout
Each bottle painstakingly wax-sealed and hand labelled. This is a superbly balanced and intense 10% stout.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheoJansen (1) - Venlo, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2014 does not count
Tasted the beer last saturday at The Cottage pub in Galway after Alan from the brewery gave us the info about this beer and where we could taste it.. Wonderful taste, body, aroma and balance. One of the finest brews in my own top 10 iídd ever tasted

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stravale (2123) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - APR 18, 2014
Keg @ The Salthouse, Galway [170414]
This was set of one-off kegs available at all 9 Galway Bay bars in Galway and Dublin for one day only
Pitch black, no light through, rich tan head, good lacing, excellent appearance
Aroma of rich sweet dark malts, soft roast, slight vanilla, hint of soy
Taste of rich dark malts, dark chocolate, meaty malts, sweet rich dark malts, alcohol well hidden, very soft coffee notes, some savoury malts, soft dark fruits, slight vanilla, not getting much of the whisky from the barrel aging which is a good thing (maybe just the vanilla and dark fruits)
Palate - Soft carb, full body, oily rich texture, smooth, mouth coating dark malts, slight tangy palate .Finish as main flavour, smooth, rich dark malts, slightly dry
Overall - Not tried the bottle but this is a superb impy stout. Itís my #1 Irish beer.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
culchiem (2570) - Berlin, GERMANY - APR 3, 2014
Bottle(thanks to Rachel for holding this for me). Jet black with a large tan head. Aroma is subtle, dark fruit and vanilla. Flavour is bitter chocolate, wood with a gentle warming whiskey base. Velvet texture.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerfest5 (1147) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 22, 2014
Bottle from Dark Horse offie. Pours a thick oily dark brown pour into the tulip glass, small tan head is gone quickly. Some lacing, but not enough to matter. Lovely juicy dark fruit aroma, figs and daqrk chocolate covered cherries. Deep roasted coffee beans and dark cocoa flavor. Not the most complex of ISís out there but also one of the easiest on the palates, this is velvety smooth, lovely finish. Outstanding beer from a brewer that is setting a new standard for Irish craft beer.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (3072) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAR 10, 2014
Bottle shared at blacks, cheers Sam (and thanks Andrew for a bottle of my own!)
Dark chocolate brown, offwhite lacing. Ashen with dry chocolate, full body and a gentle caress of whisky. Well balanced and very drinkable

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ciaranc (918) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 10, 2014
500ml bottle from Against The Grain. Brown, not quite black pour, huge mocha coloured head. Looks superb. Big espresso bitter nose, dark chocolate, cacao nibs, not much whiskey, just a hint. Whiskey shows up in the flavour alright, more dark chocolate, strong coffee, woody notes, earthy notes and a smooth bitter finish. Light body, medium soft carbonation. Very nice indeed. Really opens up as it warms, whiskey notes come to the fore.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (13856) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2014
Bottle very generously from Garthicus, Thanks a bunch Al and glad we could meet up in London. Batch 032 BBE Feb 2016. Black beer thick lasting tan head. Now I havenít had an imperial stout in ages. Due to all that German lager and all those session ipas what Iíve been drinking. Some roast malt and dark bitter choc on aroma. I must admit itís not a huge aroma. Perhaps it needs to warm up a bit. Little bit of tangerine sweetness from the barrel ageing on the aroma. Itís, well, Iím not sure. I think it could be really good, but Iím not sure after that first taste. It has some dark chocolate which I like and the whiskey element is not overly obvious which I like and I do like the satsuma tangerine flavour it lend to the beer. Itís quite full in the mouth, it has some pate. A whiff of newspaper stout dryness. I mean it does intrigue me, which not many impy stouts do. But as I say I havenít had one in a while so itís a bit of a novelty this evening too. Ok, so where is this beer? It has some good elements, the dark choc, the barrel ageing. Thereís still a bit of a hole in the malts though. I like smooth, agile effortless impy stouts or ones that completely take over your senses. No real hop presence. Itís fine. But there is just a little newspaper emptiness there. Still an interesting Irish impy stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sizzler80 (459) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 15, 2014
Jet black oily pour with a delicious, dark tan head. Lots of lace. Aroma: Rich roasted malt, chocolate, espresso, whiskey, mint (??), leather, peat. Lots of coffee, chocolate, whiskey, orange peel, smoked notes on the palate. Unctious and slightly leaning towards bitter, but has lovely sweetness too. Rich, full bodied and decadent. I feel like I need a knife and fork. I have a feeling I will be editing this rating with every subsequent 200 Fathoms I have and I will be having more. Outstanding.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garthicus (2699) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle. Appearance: Pitch black, oily, thick mocha brown head. Aroma: Spearmint, tobacco, dark chocolate, espresso and leather, woody/barrel too. Smells wonderful. Flavour: Chewy coffee, wood barrel, oak and vanilla, dark chocolate and espresso, lots going on...5 mins later, flavour really developing, whiskey, citrus peel, marmalade, so much going on, tremendous. What an absolute treat. Wow. Will try and grab a few more bottles and spread them out over the years. Phenomenal

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Deu (716) - Nantes, FRANCE - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle at the black sheep in Dublin. Black color with a big brown head. Full body medium to light carbonation. Aroma of mocha. Taste bitter at the end and surprisingly round at the start. Very very nice. Only 700 bottles. Y


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