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


on tap

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RATINGS: 312   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ShaneJ (609) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle from online shop (July 2012). Dark oily black, dark brown head, aroma dominated by boozy dried fruits, oak, roasted malts, flavours more of the same, some chocolate, smoky, warm alcohol, long boozy finish. Ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fritz123 (1145) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Bottle at bottle share from Dan. Thanks! Pours a jet black, motor oil with a thin mocha head. Head gone in 30 seconds with slight ring left and mild lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, dark chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, and caramel. The taste was a nice blend of the aromas presented with the dark chocolate and dark fruits most dominant. Slight boozy finish with dark cocoa and prunes. Some spice. Thick, full, chewy body. Solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stuu666 (4008) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 14, 2014
Bottle at home. Light spicy whisky, roast chocolate, liquorice, sweet, bitter and dry, rich chocolate finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBeerFanatic (900) - Friona, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Rated on my wives first Mothers Day Forrestal Apt West Seneca NY.Pours a dark jet black color with medium carbonation, thick head and good lacing. Huge aromas of brownie, chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, raisin, wood, dark molasses and brown sugar. Flavors highly sweet upfront with brown sugar, medium smoked wood (especially in the finish), medium alcoholic presence, molasses, slight chocolate/toffee/caramel. One of the most sweet stouts I’ve tried that takes away from the other complex flavors as does the alcohol. A great sipping beer that is worthy to buy again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Barnoloid (277) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2014
There is plenty of complexity to this barrel aged stout. Dried fruit and peat combines with the bracing whisky notes to round out this beer. I got a little smoke and heat, this is very malt forward. Very interested to see how this would mellow within 5 years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1620) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2014
This pours black like oil, same viscosity too. Dark fruit, peat, and dark chocolate on the nose; follows onto the palate. This finishes very earthy, the peat really comes through on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8218) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Wood and eau-de-vie impressions lead a fruity attack into a complex dark chocolate and roast plateau before a splash of whisky sets up algae, caramel and even more roast in the aftertaste. A surprisingly impressive Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, from every angle.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam crowns the dark brown-edged black.
-The body is leaner than I had expected, which I like.
-For all its potency, this remains a classy Impy.
-Raisins also appear in the aftertaste.
-Carbonation is soft, leaving plenty of room for the malts and barrel to express themselves.
-This one is not trying to be excessive or aggressive. It’s complex and accomplished throughout, and actually a pleasure to sip..

Bottle from 2002.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 7, 2014
Bottle to glass. Oil pitch black pour with a thin khaki head. Nose is sweet dark chocolate, peat, booze. Taste is sweet cherry and chocolate up front mixed with mild peat from the Scotch barrel, and nice boozey body. Abv is hidden well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MacBoost (1399) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - APR 6, 2014
11.2oz bottle from Beers of the World, Henrietta, NY. $12. Pours an inky black. Only a very little dark brown around the edges when held directly to a 90 watt light bulb. Aromas of roast, chocolate, booze. I get some bourbon notes, but no peat. Taste is sweet. Flavors of very deep roast, some decent amount of smokiness, roasted logs on the fireplace. Pretty smoky and deep. Very sweet, but matched up with the enormous ABV, it’s not entirely cloying. Getting a little honey in there as well. Very low carbonation. Warming. Pretty damn deep and complex. Finishes sweet with a total mind fuck of roast on the back end. This is pretty neat stuff,if you are into this sort of beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
freretoc (904) - Besançon, FRANCE - APR 5, 2014
Bu en bouteille de 33cl bière noire et aucune mousse à peine une filer blanc sur le haut de la bière, aucune bulle, elle est trop marquée par l’alcool, fon de bouche sur la vanille et le bourbon... Pas excellente

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