Garrold (3015) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Buxton Tap. Clear, very dark brown. Film, and a few bubbles of tan head. Lots of legs. Moves slowly round the glass. Nose has wood. Chocolate. Blackcurrant. Liquorice. Glue. Thick malts. Big hop. Taste is silky sweet, then big, tarry, acrid, roast bitter. Big hop bitterness too. Wow. This is bitter. Lots of chew on the palate. Some booze, although maybe not to the tune of 10.5%. Finishes long, roasty, boozy bitter. Big and daft and rough as you like.
The_Osprey (4179) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Chriso’s. 2012 vintage. Black, small foamy brown head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, pine, fruity hops. Body is medium, soft carbonation, slightly foamy. Taste is coffee, tangy dried fruits, hoppy astringency with a dry ashy finish. Nice.
sokuzs1 (320) - - SEP 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: chocolate, roasty, coffe, dark fruits, cherry, bread
Taste: medium bitter, medium sweet, roasty, chocolate, cherry, coffee
Dense, full body
Kita (1592) - Koper, SLOVENIA - SEP 19, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 0.50l & Hoppiness beer stop, shared with colleagues. Pours pitch black with large creamy brown head and soft visible carbonation. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, leather and alcohol. Taste starts with sweet and smooth roasted malt and chocolate, follows by licorice, herbs and dark fruits, mouthfeel is warming alcoholic, while finish is moderate bitter. Full body, thick texture and soft carbonation in palate. Still surprisingly drinkable despite the high ABV...
klm1 (630) - - SEP 11, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2015 Pours black opaque colour with foamy stable brown head.
Aroma with mild low detectable alcohol, hints of chocolate, coffe, mocha, vanilla and with some fruity notes.
Flavor is similar: alcohol is very well hidden, with coffee, chocolate, vanilla and roasted like malt sweetness, oily smooth (oat) and with slight fruity note of cennential hop in the end. Malt sweetness is medium, hop bitterness also, body is sticky, carbonation low.
For sure another very good brew from this brewery, for me much better then their imperial stout from sinner series Pride.
MichaelAwesome (6008) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Intensiv und dick, dazu ein guter Bumms an Alkohol. Darüberhinaus etwas im Kaffee, ein wenig Säure, etwas Nuss und einem guten Schuss an Schoko.
Geiserich (3860) - Linz, AUSTRIA - AUG 11, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Austrian RB Meeting in Linz shared by Saeglopur, many thanks: Black color, brownish head. Aroma is roasty, dark chocolate, alcohol, coffee, cocoa powder. Flavor is quite alcoholic, sharp, roasted malt, roasted malt bitterness, chocolate, cocoa, licorice. Too alcoholic for me.
tdtm82 (1389) - Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 Bottle, Chris and Ruth’s epic pre-GBBF shindig.
Loads of chocolate chip cookies on aroma. Taste is velvet,
marzipan/sugar, blackcurrants, chocolate, leather and vanilla. Descent.
RichTheVillan (5199) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Chris & Ruth’s pre GBBF shindig; opaque dark brown pour with a creamy dark tan head, aroma has sweet molasses, along with some light smoke, taste has charcoal, plain chocolate, roast malts, bitter finish.
coachd (381) - Missouri, USA - AUG 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of ice cream like sweetness, roast and hops with a burnt quality. Good, but not particularly strong. Pitch black appearance with fair amount of light tan foam. The thinness of the appearance keeps it from being a 5. Taste is a very sharp bite of roast and hops that lasts well into the aftertaste, finally giving way to a booze burn. Nothing sweet here, it’s a full fledged Imperial Stout. Surprisingly thin palate; I really wanted more in this aspect. Overall this was good; I would classify it as a poor man’s Bell’s Expedition Stout. Not 100 in my book by any means, but enjoyable and potent, bith in flavor and ABV.