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


on tap

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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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.

gowdy's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
gowdy (731) - Erskine, - MAR 23, 2013
Keg at the Hanging Bat. Dark (very) with off white, almost brown, and small head. Fairly heavy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (983) - oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 30, 2014
Botella de 56.8 cl en el momento en el lúpulo el 22 -09-2014. con fecha de cons pref para 31-07-2015. color negro intenso con espuma oscura. Sabores y aromas de maltas tostadas con buena dosis de cacao y algo de café y maderas tostadas y quemadas, sobretodo al final cuando calienta. Ligeras especias. Cuerpo medio de 7.4 vol que da ligera sensación de licor. Bastante buena aunque se queda un poco floja en cuanto a densidad y sabores quemados y tostados.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (2343) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle. Black with brown head. Aroma of coffee, roasty. Taste of coffee, some roasty chocolate and molasses. Medium body with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
piotrek8080 (40) - Kraków, POLAND - SEP 16, 2014
Tap. Amazing, outstanding coffee aroma. I’ve never met so high aroma in other imperial stouts. On beginning foam was big but after a while it reduced. Nice oily, creamy texture with full body. In taste a lot of chocolate, coffee and dark malts. Superb.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (3429) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 11, 2014
Keg at The Hanging Bat. Pours jet black, dark brown head. Big roast coffee aromas, just coffee, nothing else. Taste is also lots and lots of coffee. Some sweetness comes through at the end, possibly chocolatey. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (1960) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2014
Arbor Tap Takeover. Keg@barton arms, birmingham. Black beer with small mocha head. Aroma of coffee and licorice. Taste is coffee, licorice, dark fruits and ash. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2324) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 26, 2014
Keg at the Hanging Bat. Strong coffee on the nose. Taste is roasted malts and coffee. Coffee a little too overpowering.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
YorkshireG73 (24) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2014
On draught in possibly one of the best boozers in the world - The Grove Inn Huddersfield. Handpull on cask at £3.40 a pint. This is a once in a lifetime beer experience. Fuck losing my virginity I’ll remember my first Arbor Breakfast Stout more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
peponi (369) - POLAND - AUG 6, 2014
Aroma: roasted dark malts, coffee, roasted barley, dried plum. Appearance: black color, amazing brown head. Taste: medium bitterness, roasted malts, dried fruits, caramel, coffee, rum, ashy. Palate: full body and medium carbonation, oily texture and roasted finish. Overall: Absolutely amazing stout, highly recommended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (2302) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. This is a jet black beer that pours with a thin tan head. It has a very rich, strong coffee, chocolate and liquorice flavour with roasted notes and a bitter red fruit and coffee finish. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3254) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2014
Slightly oily thick pour very dark tan head mild carbonation aromas strong coffee bean cocoa malt caramel mild fruit the flavours liquorice caramel roast coffee bean ash burnt wood note dryness cocoa an oily touch as well complex imperial some fruits medium bitter resin note good sweetness okay balance the finish lovely imperial full tasting rich malts roast flavour good dry note lasting bitter oily touch complex but good

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