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BrewDog Black Eyed King Imp

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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 4.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
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keg and bottle,special
Two years is a long time. Plus at BrewDog, we measure in dog years, which makes it feel like an eternity.
Back in 2012 we brewed this extra-small-batch prototype and rather than bottle it there and then (which we could have happily done) we locked it away in some gnarly old whisky barrels at the back of our Fraserburgh warehouse.
Before it even went into barrel, this stout had huge chocolate aromas and flavours, from the intense malt bill and cacao nibs, tempered with a roasty bitter espresso character and a spicy hop profile.
Two years in barrel has intensified the rich, round sweet malt flavours, and layered in deep chewy molasses, warming spicy brandy notes, and a liqueur coffee creaminess.
Black Eyed King Imp is an extremely small batch beer, and ultra-limited edition. This beer is worth spending an afternoon over, allowing the flavours to develop and unravel while you discuss philosophy/become one with the universe/ watch an entire box set of your choosing.
Malts: Extra Pale Wheat Cara Crystal Dark Crystal Amber Brown Chocolate Roasted barley
Hops: Magnum Willamette First Gold
Twist: Brewed with cacao nibs and coffee beans


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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
susanamayer (211) - Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2014
Pours oily black with a creamy, tan head. The nose has some burnt malts, moderate roast, cocoa, grains, wood, dark fruits. Medium to big sweet flavor with rich, sugary dark fruits, cocoa, moderate alcohol, brown sugar, molasses. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (9602) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 16, 2014
from Amstein - black beer under a little beige foam; huge roasted coffeish aroma with notes of whisky, walnuts, chocolate, molasses and cherries; full-bodied, oily and light sticky, some malt sweetness and a moderate bitterness; long roasted aftertaste of cacao, Lowland Whisky and coffee, lingering sweetness and woody notes - strong and very complex

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jjsint (831) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2014
Bottle at home. Gift, think it was from BrewDog’s online shop. Very dark brown, very little head. Killer aroma of cinnamon, chocolate, chilli, lemongrass. Intense out-of-this-world taste:sweet and spicy with a malty backbone, but allowing the hop character to shine through. Palette is surprisingly light for this beer, but e intense alcohol burn in the mellowing aftertaste makes up for it. An impy stout worthy of the BrewDog name.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gEUS (1169) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 4, 2014
Bottle shared by a kind soul at BBF’14. Pours dark brown to black, almost opaque, small marroon head. Nose is lots of freshly grinded cacao, bits of coffee beans and quite some vanilla in the back as well as a nice whisky oak touch. Full body with an overwhelming amount of taste, thick chocolate, cacao milk and mocca coffee cream. Nice!!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GothGargoyle (1302) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2014
Bottle shared @ Borefts. Black with a light chocolate head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, dates, prunes, caramel. Full bodied, velvetty mouthfeel, sweet and complex on the palate. Taste is chocolate, bourbon, coffee, vanilla, honey. So good

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (194) - GREECE - SEP 27, 2014
330 ml bottle at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki, courtesy of skullgeorge. Black color with small dark beige head with bubbles. Heavy malty aroma, dark chocolate, dark fruits - raisins, some wood and alcoholic. Taste is sweet and light bitter, roasted malty, chocolate, light sweet dark fruity, wood and alcohol like whiskey. Medium to full body, oily, soft carbonation, alcoholic and bitter finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
symmetric (64) - - SEP 25, 2014
Rich chocolate and oaky nose. Slightly hot aroma. Beautiful black pour with a fine creamy head that dissipates quickly. Sweet and full bodied, very smooth.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beersiveknown (3072) - NORTHERN IRELAND - SEP 18, 2014
Sample at the brewery.
full bodied, chocolate, cake, molasses, smooth, low abv, well integrated flavours, booze well hidden.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - SEP 15, 2014
The oak in this is really strong - this obviously spent time in an old barrel. Big, thick and with all the classic impy stouts flavours, but with the added oakiness and lingering whiskey notes. Long, dry finish and really improved as it warmed.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
McNeillR (1240) - SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Dark enough brown, light enough tan head, Choc chip dry, gritty and lightly speyed nose. Luscious and sweet, drying and chewy spicy bite. Creamy charred marshmallow. Fades dryly but cleanly.

Bottle from the Garvie Cave, Beers Of My Youth Tasting


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