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Brewed by Arbor
Style: Imperial Stout
Bristol, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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Cask; Occasional. Also available bottled conditioned.
A lot of thought has gone into this beer - we’ve been working on the recipe for well over a year! So, it started out as an Imperial Stout. How about a few oats? How about a hell of a lot of oats?! Some smoked malt maybe - just a little. All good so far. A few specialty German grains should round off the mash quite nicely. Then onto the boil. With our very own coffee roaster here in Bristol, it seemed a shame not to use them. We played around with a few samples from Brian Wogan Coffee and finally settled on some freshly roasted Brazilian Santos beans. Awesome coffee! Just needed something a bit chocolaty to finish it off. How about some chocolate? How about some organic raw cacao nibs?! Job done. Just a long slow fermenation and conditioning period and the result is outstanding.


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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
gowdy (681) - Erskine, - MAR 23, 2013
Keg at the Hanging Bat. Dark (very) with off white, almost brown, and small head. Fairly heavy.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Osprey87 (1161) - London via, WALES - MAR 15, 2014
Room temperature 500ml bottle, 7.4%, BB Nov 2014. Nice thick pour, forms a black beer with a cm of foamy brown head. Aroma - mostly sharp coffee. Body is medium, slightly foamy, low carbonation. Taste - light ash, sweet caramel and coffee, touch of banana. A little thin in body and flavour, but has a nice coffee aftertaste. Very drinkable and some good elements. Close to being an accomplished beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (2828) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2014
Glass, 4-ounce, cask, Cask Days at Toronto, savoured on October 19 2013; eye: black, opaque, tiny sheet of beige head, no lacing; nose: coffee, roasted barley, coffee, slight chocolate, herbal, slight vanilla; mouth: coffee, roasted barley, coffee, slight chocolate, herbal, slight vanilla, light acridness, slight vanilla, herbal finale with good presence of coffee, medium-full body, average carbonation, lightly bitter, oily texture; overall: quite good FRANÇAIS Verre, 4 onces, en cask, Cask Days à Toronto, savourée le 19 octobre 2013; œil : noire, opaque, petite couverture de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : café, orge torréfiée, café, très léger chocolat, herbacée, très léger vanille; bouche : café, orge torréfiée, café, très léger chocolat, herbacée, très léger vanille, légère âcreté, très léger vanille, finale herbacée avec bonne présence de café, corps moyen-corsé, carbonatation moyenne, légèrement amère, texture huileuse; en résumé : bien bon

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mjp12 (150) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2014
From a bottle, thick black, with a thin tan head. Fantastic balance of the coffee and chocolate, giving a luxurious, thick and glugable stout. Top of the range.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sic1314 (2553) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 30, 2014
Poured deep dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roast malt, coffee grinds and dark chocolate. Medium to full body, flavour as the aroma, very smooth, some liquorice appearing in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tommann (2487) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours black with a medium head. Aroma is bitter coffee with a little chocolate. Taste has lots of bitter coffee with a smooth chocolate mouthfeel. Ronseal.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (6409) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle shared with the Oedipus crew, Joes, Judyvv and Erwin van Moll @ Van Moll Brewpub. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized brown head that lasts for a decent while. Aroma is malts, dark malts, burned malts, ash, strongly coffee and lots of roast. Taste malts, dark malts, roasted malts, coffee, iron, ash, bitter. Medium body, medium carbonation. Nice one!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmgreenuk (3563) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2014
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Birmingham. Poured a deep mahogany colour with a thin tan head. The aroma is big smoky peat, roasted malts, coffee and a little creamy caramel too. The flavour is medium to strong bitter with a liqourice, coffee, malt, dark chocolate palate. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Has an oily mouthfeel and a long malty bitter finish. Loved this to bits. One of the best beers i’ve had from Arbor and that’s saying something!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hanoi (296) - - DEC 27, 2013
Nose is rich coffee and smoke. Taste follows the nose with coffee, smoke, wood, licorice, rich cream notes, leather and plums. Did not detect any coco. Very thick mouhtfeel. I don’t normally like beers with this much seasoning added but this worked very well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (6986) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2013
Cask at the Euston Tap, 15/10/13. Pitch black with a good sized tan covering. Nose is rich coffee notes, roast malt, chocolate, sugars. Taste comprises roast malt, dark toffee fudge, chocolate, big coffee blast, molasses, brown sugars, light roast. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, smooth on the palate, sweet roasted finale. Top draw cask coffee stout !

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2013
2013-10-19. Black body with a modest brown head. 3++ Aroma of coffee and dark malt. Flavour is similar, coffee roast, fairly bitter, green pepper undertones. Sweetish dark malt core. Average plus bodied palate, soft carbonation. Decent but not for me. Session 2, Cask Days 2013, Toronto


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