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


on tap

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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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 (998) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lonick (1588) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 25, 2016
Keg @The Hanging Bat, Edinburgh. [Ratings Backlog:Jan 2016] Pours black with a beige head which lasted all the way down. Nose is coffee, that is all i could get. taste is coffee, some dark chocolate, lots of coffee but its not as harsh as the nose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
weordie (879) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2016
Pours black with a tan head. The aroma is just huge hits of roasted coffee. The flavour is a very bitter coffee, like a coffee that has been burnt. It’s nice but I’ve had better breakfast stouts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ShivanDragon (3515) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2016
bottle, black with a nice brown head. Aroma of wheat, full dark chocolate, some milk chocolate, coffee, roasted and toasted malts. Taste has some vanilla, quite some coffee, roasted and toasted malts, slick/smooth, cacao, chocolate, oily trexture, low co2, long milkchocolate finsh, firm body, nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ManVsBeer (8778) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2016
Keg @ Victorian Craft Beer Café, Halifax. Black with a thin off-white head. Has a robust roasted malt with a dry coffee flavour that lingers. It’s not as stated in its aroma as its taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrTipple (3710) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2015
Aroma: intense toasted malts, some molasses, weak coffee, cacao, chocolate. Appearance: black, hardly any head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: chocolate sweets continue, coffee, dark malts, light dark fruits, light bitter finish. Overall: beautiful Stout, outstanding palate. Pint at the White Horse, Parsons Green.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fombe89 (2261) - Asturias, SPAIN - OCT 22, 2015
On tap. @El Cabanón, Avilés 21/10/2015 Color negro, espuma beige, aromas cafe, torrefacto, sabor torrefacto, cuerpo medio.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamscoopa (2) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2015 does not count
Intense, rich and smooth. Largely coffee and chocolate tastes. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
leebotton (406) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2015
Pours black with a dark brown very proteinous head. Aroma is really just massive coffee, roasty, perhaps a hint of chocolate. Flavour is more rounded with chocolatey notes coming out thanks to the silky mouthfeel, then the coffee bitterness hits later on with a creamy sensation to balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alexi91 (437) - Bristol/Romsey, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2015
Origin: Bottle. Vessel: Snifter. Supplier: Corks Of North Street (Bristol). Deep, dark and malty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
claveboyd (9) - - JUL 31, 2015 does not count
Compleja stout desde Bristol. En paladar aparece un amplio abanico de sabores difíciles de descifrar. Una cerveza muy enigmática y que invita a repetir.

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