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


on tap

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RATINGS: 204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   EST. CALORIES: 453   ABV: 15.1%
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Based on AB04, but with added vanilla, 3.5 times the chilli, and a different coffee

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gethinbeer (2074) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2013
Black pour with a dirty, muddy head and lace. Roasted malt and chilli aroma. Smooth chocolate , roasted malt flavour. Bitter chocolate with a subtle chilli soy sauce finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jesperhammer (2647) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2013
15-MAR-2013, bottle @Sonni, @Ulkløbben tasting. Black with low brown head. Roasted aroma with coffee and dusty notes. Taste the same. Chili kicks in late. Very full body and soft carbonation. A mess actually but still better than the San Diego that was tasted side by side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8216) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2013
Bottle courtesy of gethinbeer. Pours as black as motor oil - thick and oily with a thin dark brown head. The aroma has a touch of chili and some intensely tarry aroma as well. The beer has a light peppery aroma and a touch of bitter cocoa as well. Intense and somewhat salty (but not all that salty) with a little bit of molasses as well. Light vanilla and a touch of salt/pepper flavour. Some cooling ethanol in the mouth that lightens up the body a bit. It’s a solid brew - hides the alcohol well, but I’m not sure it’s all that. As it warms - it does bring up a nice light peppery character. Decent brew - but not a transcendent one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beer_est_deus (514) - örebro, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2013
Svart-mycket mörk brun öl med litet och riktigt brunt skum som snabbt faller. Doft: Plommon, kakao, kaffe, kola, romerska bågar, skogs jord, rostade toner, en massa fruktiga dofter och "höst". Smak: Kakao, rostade nötter, kaffe likör, rostat bröd, röda äpplen, mineraler, honung, svart te, bränt socker. Alkoholen känns inte i smaken, men attans att en känns på andra sätt...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slayer85 (1041) - Firenze, ITALY - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle. An opaque black beer, with a large, frothy. mostly diminishing, brown head. The aroma is moderately to heavily malty (roasted grain, coffee, cocoa, molasses), with notes of chili pepper, vanilla, alcohol, plums/dark fruits, licorice and a touch of blueberry/blackberry. The flavors is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Full body, syrupy/thick texture, soft carbonation, very long finish with moderate bitterness, heavily alcoholic, lightly to moderately burning. Tasty and with Hunahpu’s reminiscences, but overall less complex, enjoyable, hot and chocolaty of the forementioned beer. Nonetheless, great in many aspects, especialyy in the aroma. Boozy and sugary, but annoyingly so. probable the best Brewdog, so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (9883) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2013
Bottle at CBC - Clerkenwell, London during Bruce’s 30th Birthday Party. Many thanks to Paul! Pours thick black with a stiff, brown cream head. Dry, dark malt aroma, some chili peppers poking through, rich cocoa. Medium to big sweet flavor with dark bread, heavy cocoa, some dark fruits, raisins and torched wood. Full bodied with fine, creamy carbonation and a chewy mouthfeel. Hot finish bot not overbearing, with dry and burnt wood, earthy bitterness and dried cherries. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reebtogi (3842) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 4, 2013
330ml bottle pours black in color with a finger of thick light brown head that lasts a while and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is big on dark chocolate and roasted grains with hints of pepper and coffee. Taste is a chocolate malty sweetness balanced nicely with a roasted grain and coffee bitterness finishing with a mild peppery burn. Alcohol is hardly even noticeable. A very well done imperial stout that is definitely worth trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
hcalsos (180) - Rælingen, NORWAY - MAR 2, 2013
0.33 l bottle. Pitch black with a thick brown head. Coffee, liqurice, vanilla, roasted aroma. Much the same taste with earthy tones. Warm mouthfeel, full body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (7005) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle at Bruce’s 30th celebrations, 08/02/13, big thanks to Paul for sharing this beast! Pitch black with a thin tan head. Nose carries dark roast malt, dark chocolate, molasses, peppery tones. Taste comprises dark chocolate, roast malts, pepper, booze, cocoa dusting, mineral tones, sugars. Full bodied, minimal carbonation, dry in the finish with a little sweetness. Excellent stuff! Eminently drinkable for such a high ABV Imperial Stout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (2789) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours jet black with a superb, sinisterly dark tan head on top which slowly reduces. Nose is sweet spice galore. Chunky vanilla with heavy chilli and earthy cocoa powder. Smells almost bitter sweet with a spike of pepper. Taste is big on dark, bitter chocolate and earthy espresso notes. Spice very prevalent up front. The added vanilla almost gives it a white chocolate tone throughout. Helps balance out the spice and heavy bitterness with sweetness. Very creamy mouthfeel and a strong bitter finish with a fair bit of heat. Whether the heat is from the alcohol or chilli I’m not sure. Cool and crazy stuff. Digging it

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