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Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 248   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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


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4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbeast88 (41) - - APR 28, 2013
Appearance: Dark black with beige head Aroma: Coffee,chocolate,licorice and some hint of vanilla taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour Palate:full body, thick feel, lively, bitter, Overall: one of the best imperial stouts around in my opinion


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPAgutten79 (534) - Skui, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2014
Kølsvart med helt brunt skum. Lav/medium høyde. Aroma av mild vanilje, chili, kaffe, mørk malt og kakao. Fløyelsmyk i munnen, før den begynner å stikke deg litt med sin bitterhet samt chili. Chili?n bidrar til å gjøre dette til en spesiell opplevelse, uten å skambanke smakssansene dine helt. I tillegg til dette er det frekke mengder sjokolade/kakao og noe vanilje her. Chili og alkohol varmer godt nedover halsen. Smaken byr på så mange inntrykk at jeg ikke klarer å dechiffree stort mer enn dette. Tykk Sjokomelkkonsistens, samt oljete.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5493) - Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs; thanks DuffMan). Looks good; a slightly translucent dull dark coffee with mocha head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells good too; dark malt, chocolate, coffee (and roast), vanilla, and spice. Tastes like it smells with a rich, balanced mouthfeel. Great beer, and drinks much easier than its abv.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mmahut (992) - CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 22, 2014
Bottle, Dog B. Dark body with low brown ring head. Aroma has a lot of coffee, toffee, chocolate, oak like character in the background. Kind of cocoa powder in the aroma. Taste has high caramel and alcoholic sweetness, pretty warm on the tongue, the chili is so well balanced, amazing. High on roasty bitterness as well. Dark chocolate in the long bitter after taste. Alcohol is evident. Body is full, oily, low carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
tlind2 (1134) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle@William K, Kurvi. Deep brown color, practically no head. Strong, sweet aroma with alcohol and bitter, dark chocolate. The taste follows after the aroma with vanilla and oak. Very full body, very low carbonation. Beautiful.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentAle (696) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 15, 2014
Aroma is vanilla, black licorice, coffee and rich, rich malts. Taste is licorice and coffee right off the bat; not surprisingly there is some warm liquor snap on the tip of the rich almost chewy body. The appearance is black with a thin beige head that retains fairly poorly.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2341) - JAPAN - SEP 15, 2014
Huge beer- almost confrontational, like its poking you in the ribs for a reaction. Really liked the subtle burn on the back end with the chilies. Lots of chocolate, vanilla and roast. Didn’t quite grab me by the shorts, but points for intensity.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (3228) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle with thanks to _angst_! Pours inky black with a reluctant small dark brown head that dissipates to a ring leaving good lacing. Aroma is deep milk chocolate, coffee, mocha, vanilla, roasted malts. Flavor is similar, hint of anise as well, medium sweet, medium bitter, rich cocoa coffee vanilla, with just a hint of chili burn on the finish; way more subdued on the chili than I expected. Finish is very strong roast, heavy lingering bitterness, some anise. There is some ABV burn, but deceptively little for 15%.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1235) - SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Stiff dark brown, light tan head. Boot in yer face dusty chilli bite. Sticky enough lifted by the spices. Holding up even more vibrantly than I recall. A real drumroll of spice on top of the dense, tanny malt. Finishes sweetly spicy. SPICE.

Bottle from the Garvie Cave, Beers Of My Youth Tasting

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tfredvik (1134) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 11, 2014
Pours a viscous black body with a medium brown head with hints of red. The head laces the glass well and it’s long-lived. The aroma is intense and... well, so close to perfect that I’m not quite sure why I don’t go all the way and give it a 10. Anyway, it’s massively malty, roasted and sweet, with absurd amounts of dark caramel, chocolate and pure cacao. In the back there are tempting notes of dark berries and cask wood, with faint traces of something hot and spicy. On the palate it’s the same intense experience, again dark caramel and chocolate, and fairly well integrated alcohol. There is a gentle chilli burn throughout, it’s very pleasant and subtle, and not tongue numbing at all. Other background elements includes dry coffee and liquorice. The body is full and oily with a soft carbonation. A wonderful, wonderful beer. A bit too alcoholic perhaps, but truly amazing. And AB:04 is supposed to be even better?
[33 cl bottle, batch 97, enjoyed 2 years 5 months after brewing, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kingvit (201) - - SEP 7, 2014
Aroma: cocoa, coffee, chilli, ripe red fruit; Appearance: dark brown, minimal head; Taste: medium bitterness, strong sweetness, slight sourness; Palate: long finish, thick texture, full body, soft carbonation Terrific porto-porter hybrid :-) Very spicy and extremely aromatic, without space for many subtelties but this is Brewdog :-)


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