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

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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
gowdy (727) - Erskine, - MAR 23, 2013
Keg at the Hanging Bat. Dark (very) with off white, almost brown, and small head. Fairly heavy.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2122) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
YorkshireG73 (19) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
peponi (303) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (2260) - 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!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3216) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ComradeK (1008) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a small tan head, which lasts well and leaves a little lacing. Strong espresso and roasty malt notes, with a little bittersweet dark chocolate make up the aroma. Faint floral hops fade quickly into dark chocolate. A little bit of sweetness balances the cocoa bitterness leading into the mid-palate, which has plenty of oatmeal smoothness. Espresso comes in at the finish. A good imperial stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
laidbackbloke (58) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 5, 2014
Keg at the Green Man, Bristol Apr 2014. Aroma: milk coffee, chocolate pralines, truffles Appearance: grim brown, minimal head induced by pedantic pouring ;) Taste: profound coffee, roasted malts and barley Palate: rich and viscous, slightly tart on the finish Overall: an acclaimed beer, lies within my taste absolutely, resembles a pleasant coffee latte experience

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RichardW (1502) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2014
Bottled. Big big coffee and tobacco aroma, the palate is smooth and full of chocolate, with dark fruits and subtle smoke. It pours jet black with ruby hues and a rapidly disappearing tan head. Rich long finish with more dark chocolate. Pretty superb.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Osprey87 (1600) - 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 (2965) - 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


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