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Style: Imperial Stout
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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Cask, keg and bottled Occasional; Freestyle Fridays #21


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - JUN 14, 2013
Courtesy of Jan (fonefan), bb 01 Nov 2013, 7 months past bb date
It pours a rather viscous black liquid with barely any head. Aroma of roasted malts and hop resins; nice but mild. Full bodied, with round mouthfeel; strong roasted malt flavor, with dark chocolate, light residual sweetness, some ashes, a bit of salty liquorice, and very strong bitterness (some of it from the roastiness).
Solid beer, very good; fresher should be better.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Finn (4134) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2014
Flaske 0,33l. Gave fra fonefan. Delt med Rune under seanse hos ham 27 Nov 13. Svart. Lavt mokkafarget skum. God sherryaroma. Lite kullsyre. Smaken sammensatt av plommer, svisker & sherry. Veldig godt integrert. Avslutter tørt. Toppøl! Hjertelig takk til Jan!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (8354) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Short: An uncarbonated Bells Expedition clone

Origin: 330mL Size: 6oz Glass: Pizza Boy snifter Price: Gift Date: 1/21/14
Long: Thank you Leighton for this gem. Pours inky but totally flat with no bubbles or anything. Thick, syrupy, jet black stream of liquid. Nose is quite excellent with Bells Expedition like tar, vanilla extract, flashes of dry cured black olive, melted drinking chocolate. Taste is bitter dark chocolate, again it reminds me of Bells Expedition. Rich with a mouthful of unsweetened cocoa powder. Without any bubbles to brighten the palate, the end result is quite bitter and chalky, but no paper or any other flaws.
Flaws: Uncarbonated
Remedy: Carbonate that bitch

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (7956) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2013
330ml bottle many thanks to fonefan for this beer gift. Shared with Finn. Coal black body with a deep ruby shade. Bubbly, low, tan-coloured head. Mild roasted, dark malts on the nose, herbal dry. Mid-sweet dark chocolate flavours joined by notes of coffee, and bittersweet dark fruits to a lingering finish. Full bodied. Strong beer with warming alcohol burning down the throat. Very nice sipper (Tromsø 27.11.2013).

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Osprey87 (1586) - WALES - NOV 2, 2013
Bottle, BB yesterday (01/11/13) apparently, though I’m sure this would age well over the next few years. Pours a viscous black, never threatens even the smallest head. Smell - oil, roast, marzipan, whisky. Body is smooth and quite big, really coats the mouth. Taste is chocolate and ash, dates, salty, some astringency and bitter tannins in the finish. Quite a hoppy impy, despite the age. Alcohol well hidden. Sticky and drying. Good. I’m on a roll tonight.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansjelaah (1355) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2013
Gedronken @ RBESG 13 Grand Tasting, zwarte kleur met een bruine/crme kleurige schuimkraag, snel weg, ruikt en smaakt een beetje naar melk, chocolade, koffie, bitter

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76 (14711) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2013
24th November 2012
Opaque dark brown beer, residual tan head. Smooth palate with no real carbonation. Semi sweet dark malts, smooth rich coffee. Trace of red berry fruits. Semi dry smooth finish. Really well joined up!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Martinus (2782) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2013
Black as night, tan head. Malty aroma, roasted malts, caramel, lots of chocolate, coffee. Bitter flavour, coffee, roasted malts, touch of hops, molasses. Bitter finish, roasted malts, dark chocolate.
(From 33cL bottle @ RBESG 2013 Grand Tasting, Bodegraven. Thanks for sharing, chriso & Boudicca!)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maneliquor (3056) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 18, 2013
Bottle cheers to Leighton. Thanks dude! Pours black as with a small tan head which quickly disappears. Nose shows huge ash and tar. Loads of burnt and musky driven tones - liquorice, molasses, tyre, smoke, cigar, robust roast. As it warms some citrus driven hops come into play. Works very nicely. Taste shows heavy burnt/ashy tones. Loads of cigar and humidor notes with some heavy citric backing. If someone told me this was a big ass imperial black IPA then I would probably see the logic in that. Despite the cigar tray undertones, it really is quite hoppy. Damn solid stuff. Works very nicely and is damn lengthy. Would age superbly

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5382) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 18, 2013
33cl, as Arbor Ales Freestyle Fridays #21 ’Impy Stout’, new exclusive English brew Anno 2012, thx to Countbeer!, very complex Stout, roasted/spicy and slightly sweet/bitter, balanced, hazy, nearly no head, very good brew

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchDrebus (3956) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2013
Sampled @ RBESG 13 Grand Tasting. Black colour with a small brown head. Smells chocolate, sweet, roasty and coffee. Tastes roasty, chocolate, swet, vanilla and liquorice. Silky feel, full body and soft carbo.


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