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


on tap


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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Cask, keg and bottled Occasional; Freestyle Fridays #21

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tkrjukoff (4306) - SWEDEN - SEP 16, 2012
Tap @ Seven Stars. 6 month BA ipmerial stout that just happened to be on tap when I popped in the pub. my lucky day it was. Pours oily pitch black with a small creamy brownish head leaving small laces. Aroma is intense fruity, a bit boozy, roasted malty a bit acidy sweet dark fruits fidges coffee and chocolate all in a fantastic mix of barrel character. Flavor is velvety smooth, just like aroma, a mix and well balanced orchestra of sweet bitter roasted malts fruits... you name it. Finishes with a longlived bitter roasted fruity sweet aftertaste. Did return 2 days later for another glass of this superb brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - NOV 18, 2012
Keg at Hanging Bat. Viscous jet black, thin tan head. Nose is a face full of stewed fruits, big cocoa, charred malts, surprising cherry fruit too. Super rich, sweet chocolate, big stewed fruits, amazing thick viscous body, loads of deep sweet coffee flavours, long luxurious boozy roasty finish that almost gets cloying but not quite. Sublime!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2012
Bottle from Beer Ritz, Leeds. Pours an inky black, small ring of coffee brown head. Aroma is beautiful - mocha, deep raisin and sultana notes, plums, coffee and chocolate. Taste is fantastic as well: rich chocolate, hop spice and coffee bitterness up front, with the dark fruits deep under there as well. A really nice clovey/cinnamon kinda thing, as well. Big, flavourful coffee aftertaste that lasts for years. Full, viscous body, flat with a little CO2 sparkle. Given Arbor’s inconsistency, it’s surprising that this is seriously, seriously good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (18322) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2013
Bottle from Kris Wines, London. Pitch black beer with an ok brownish head. Roasted caramel aroma, vanilla, chocolate, creamy, cocoa powder, licorice notes, hazelnuts, toffee, coffee, cookie dough, raisins, soot, some alcohol, some prunes. Roasted cocoa powder flavor, raisins, prunes, vanilla, warming alcohol, salty, soot, coffee notes, creamy, chocolate, some woody notes. Full bodied. Very nice roasted finish with prunes, soot, tar, chocolate and some bitterness. Lovely beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bbblood (4) - - JAN 18, 2013 does not count
Chocolate and malts are kicking down the door. Quite fortified caramel, roasty, chocolate, coffee, tastes with a heavy alcohol punch. Dry finish licorice notes. Lovely beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (8211) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 1, 2013
50 cl. bottle sampled @ RBESG 2013. Thx! to chriso & Boudicca. A Freestyle Fridays brew – a beer brewed with left-over ingredients from the week. Black with mocha bubbles on the sides. Nose is very sweet creamy mocha, vanilla, cold coffee, very nice. Taste is sweet mocha, brown sugar, touch liquorish, some bitter roast, chocolate & cacao, light herbs in the finish, very dry, almost hint of ash. Creamy body, mmm very nice, great leftovers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
caesar (6682) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 30, 2013
Bottled @ RBESG 2013 Grand Tasting. Dark color, short head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolat, mocha, fruity yeast. Taste is sweet with biscuity malts, bit grainy. Very bitter palate. Reminds me of the Kernel Imperial Brown Stout, which is one of my favorites. Great stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (6222) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2013
Bottle @ RBESG’13 Grand Tasting @ De Molen: Served in a Molen taster: Thanks for sharing chriso/Boudicca: Medium to what smaller sized brown dark beige foamy hea that changes into some bubbles on top of a really black colored beer. Aroma is mix of mealy with roast, cream, chalk, barley roast, cacoa, chococlate and soya. Flavours are a mix of roast, coffee, barley roast, good bitter, creamy, some liquorice and dark chocolate. Round and dark! Aftertaste is a mix of coffee, roast, barley roast, bitter, some dark chocolate and cream. Really good. Low carbo, soft silky mouthfeel, full body and a creamy texture. Smooth, dark and balanced!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jacob23_5 (128) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with thin tan head. Amazing nose, coffee/dark chocolate with a buttery edge, very rich. Tastes (perhaps surprisingly) bitter, with layers of nuts, sweet but not too much so, rounded. Really great beer, very complex and very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 21, 2012
[keg at the Hanging Bat, Edinburgh] Black, utterly and completely. Quite a large tan-coloured head from the keg pour. Pretty cold, but once warmed to near room temperature some great, rich flavours come out – bucket loads of sweet chocolate, alcohol warmth, dark stone fruit, molasses, caramel and treacle. Tastes every bit as good. Great balance, very thick and a real treat [18112012]

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