john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask – JDW Fest Spring 2012 - Black in colour. Opaque. Very Malty; roasty malts, coffee, some bitter chocolate, notes of liquorice, hint of smoke. Hoppy; earthy hops. Fruity; hint of berry fruits. Deep roast malty taste. Moderately bitter roast malty and dryish throughout. Very drinkable. Nice Stout!
SilkTork (5109) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spring 2012. JDW. Smooth and creamy with coffee and chocolate. Typical strong dark beer, though perhaps sweeter and softer than average. I like the low hops and the sweetness.
wartaf (1) - - JUN 29, 2012 does not count
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Coffee, coffee, herbs, basement aromas, coffee, roasty, spruce, barnyard, floral, floral, grass, dough, herbs
wimpyjoe (2924) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Mild tasting stout despite the heavy strength. Has a good nose and nice texture.
tombyars (1312) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - APR 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted this in the Salt Cot, Saltcoats (JDW) in April 2012. Cask, handpump dispense. Dull black in colour with a thick creamy tan head. strong aroma of burnt toast and drinking chocolate powder. Thick creamy mouthfeel and superb lacing. Dark malts give a burnt toast flavour initially which soon gives way to strong notes of sweet molasses, mocha coffee and liquorice. Bitter chicory flavour evident in the roasted aftertaste. Finish is very smooth, malty and robust. Dry with liquorice and treacle toffee notes. A really good strong stout and highly recommended.
BlackHaddock (3183) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks grand: Stout black with a biege creamy head on top.
Burnt/roasted/toasted malts with no sweetness in the nose and taste: black coffee beans and dark chocolate notes make up the flavours.
Not as rich or creamy as it looked: had some depth of body but it wasn’t full enough in my eyes.
Decent and interesting: I’d certainly have another if it comes around again.
Leighton (9833) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Crosse Keys, JDW and Masque Haunt, JDW, both London. Pours dark brown with a foamy, beige head. Some ashy roast in the aroma. Medium sweet flavor, lightly roasty with some dry earth, bittersweet cocoa, light wood, tobacco. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Dry, roasty finish, ashy with notes of baking cocoa and burnt dark sugar. There’s some lasting bitter cocoa. Not bad at all. Really more of a sturdy stout than an impy, but it’s a good beer either way.
DruncanVeasey (6950) - NUNEATON, Top 24, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The Felix, Nuneaton, 31/03/12. Obsidian with a level manila top. Weak oaken aroma; sickbowl, Southern Comfort. Soapy, slightly vomit-accented with crude burnt fennel seed notes; hints of plum, dried fruits. Pronounced alcohol finish. Unsubtle, insipid and not very good beside the other dark treasures on the table.
Nocturne (630) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at JDW. Very dark with a beige head. Aroma of smoke and treacle that doesn’t really jump out of the glass. Surprisingly fruity up front with a nice dark chocolate bitterness. Definite blackcurrant vibe. Body is good but slightly watery at times. Roasted, fruity finish with a tiny bit of heat. Strong effort here that I was glad to sample.
imdownthepub (9622) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Black with tan head. Quite a sweetish, smooth and fruity beer, there is a background of dark chocolate, again sweetish, there is a fruitiness, not as intense as I was expecting. There is a late sharpness, bitterness. It was a decent beer certainly, but I am not sure it is an Imperial Stout.