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BrewDog Black Eyed King Imp

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


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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
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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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (249) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 17, 2014
Black appearance with hardly any head. Aroma of booze, chocolate, coffee. Sweet and boozy taste, espresso, bitter chocolate, liquorice. A very solid barrel-aged Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
antonstoop (187) - - DEC 10, 2014
Bottle at home. Very dark brown, very little head. Aroma: whiskey, oak, cinnamon, chocolate, chilli, lemongrass. Taste: sweet and spicy with a malty backbone, but allowing the hop character to shine through. Palette is surprisingly light for this beer, but an intense alcohol burn of the whisky comes through in the aftertaste. But still the coffee and chocolate are strongly present. A very nice BA stout from brewdog. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6895) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 6, 2014
Bouteille 33cl, no BB. Couleur noire, col moyen moka laissant un filament doré au verre. Arôme est profond au niveau des malts avec une abondance de café, chocolat et un rétro-nasal de whisky. Palais est épais avec pas mal d’alcool perçant à chaque gorgée. Note de café, malt crystal ajoutant une petite douceur sucrée avec un petit résiduel boisé. Belle effervescence. Fini typique de ce type de bière avec un petit côté soja. Bière qui démarre fort mais qui au fur et à mesure déçoit un peu par son profile. Amertume reste minime ajoutant une légère pointe de fruité-agrumes qui se perd vite dans la masse de malts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gam (3338) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2014
Beige head dark pour mild to medium carbonation aromas good whiskey note fudge dark chocolate dates dried fruit dark fruit alcohol molasses mocha like coffee the flavours dark rich chocolate whiskey such a lovely note on the palate brandy fudge molasses dates raisins plums mocha like coffee rich good strong bodied imperial the finish best tastes barrelling finish and bitter brandy note rich malts backing fruit hops high class imperial stout

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tderoeck (5109) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 2, 2014
14/XI/14 - 33cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ Sanne’s birthday tasting (Gent) - BB: n/a (2014-1328) Thanks to ElManana for sharing the bottle!

Clear purple brown beer, irregular beige head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: lots of chocolate, cocoa powder, very intense, bit dusty, alcohol. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: alcohol, mocha, coffee, sweet, caramel, some vanilla, chocolate, whisky. Aftertaste: mocha, dark chocolate, whisky, alcohol, some vanilla, caramel, raisins. Lovely stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (8908) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle [from trade with Scopey if I remember correctly] @ weekly tasting shared with Niels. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized brown head that diminishes quickly. Aroma is malts, lightly roast, wood, liquor. Taste malts, wood, liquor, a hint of liquorice and brown sugar. Medium body and carbonation. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thearmi (23) - Riga, LATVIA - NOV 17, 2014
A strong stout, brewed in a small batch. It has a mildly sweet taste with a satisfying bitterness. Strong aroma and aftertaste make it a really good stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (4251) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 16, 2014
Thanks to ElManana + 1! Dark brown, blackish. Thick syrupy, chocolate, herbal, nose, some BrewDog style hops. Taste is thick boozy, soy sauce, oyster sauce, chocolate, quite a bit whisky / spirit in here, BrewDog hops. Light wood, substantial body. Decent but too much soy sauce for my preference. Overall very BrewDog like.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ElManana (509) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - NOV 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2014 Pours pitch black with small brown head. Chocolate, whisky, toffee, oak. Awesome smell. Taste is whisky, dark chocolate, malt, some long lingering subtle bitterness. Best BrewDog I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sebilinz (600) - Linz, AUSTRIA - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle. Black body with brown body. Wonderful aroma of cocoa, coffee, wood some coffee and some alcohol. Taste is also coco,coffee some dried fruits and some sweetness. Aftertaste is some alcohol some bitterness and some sweetness also some whiskey and cocoa and coffee. A little bit too sweet for my taste but a perfect desert beer.

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