ManVsBeer (7840) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ Trades Club, Hebden Bridge. Very dark with a thick creamy off--white head. It’s crisp with light coffee notes in both aroma and taste.
evergreen0199 (2827) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at London Drinker festival 2014, Kings Cross, London. A black coloured pour with a thin off white head on top. Roasty, malty, chocolate aroma. Tastes similar, roasty, malty, chocolate, dark fruit in there too.
MrTipple (2999) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: toasted and roasted malts, hints of salty smoke. Appearance: dark brown, clear, no head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: smoky flavours, roasted malts, maybe some black coffee, bitters getting medium intense, long-finish. Overall: decent, palate could do with more complexity. Pint at the London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival.
Monkeyharris (11) - - JAN 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Rythm & Booze, Mapplewell, Barnsley.
Black with a dark red speckle of light showing through.Light tan head that sticks around. Quite thin and fizzy.
The nose is coffee, biscuits, dark malts, blackberries and dark fruits, vanilla, oak. Taste is surprisingly sweet at the start finishing bitter with a rum spirit aftertaste. Vanilla is noticeable along with smoke, charcoal and roasted malt. Coffee and dark fruits are lost.
Reminds me of Innis & Gunn Rum Cask, just a darker "stouty" version.
On my doorstep this is a good reliable stout, however there are others that are better and are as accessible and readily available.
kwik-lime (1633) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent balance, some smoke, toffee, coffee and chocolate. Smooth mouthful, drinkable, though hardly complex or strong enough to really earn the imperial moniker.
The_Osprey (5487) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask. Black, small bubbly light brown head. Thick off-white lacing. Smell - chocolate crayon. Body - light but not foamy. Taste - smokey with a touch of toffee. Wouldn’t call this an imperial stout at all - can drink it by the pint. Decent.
Nocturne (1677) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at JDW. Dark ruby with a thin, patchy head. Heavy, chewy mouthfeel with molasses, treacle and toffee notes dominating the taste. Something vaguely fruity like red grape too. Lots of good stuff going on but drinkability isn’t high.
Garrold (3778) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Beeches of Walkley, Sheffield. Deep, reddy brown. Thick, creamy, beige head. Good looker. Aroma is dark, unsweetened fruit. Roasted coffee beans, some licorice, some dark chocolate. Taste is roast bitterness. Hoppy, dry finish. Punches well above its weight.
vipinvelp (3552) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch Black with light Brown foam head, lacing. Aroma is strong bitter coffee, taste is not too bitter at the start, but turning better over time. (Barnsley 201310)
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kerenmk (3816) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at The Sportsman, Huddersfield, September 2013. Black with light tan head. Straight to the point wooden aroma, faint ash, too. Dry, bitter, ash-like taste, full-bodied, smooth, dried ash finish. By-the-book.