Leighton (9833) - London, Greater London, - MAR 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at BrewDog Camden, London. Pours deadly, oily black with a lively, creamy beige foam head. With just the slightest of swirls the beer comes back to life with the head as good as new. The aroma does not suggest the beer is as strong as it is. There are certainly notes of whiskey, but the intensity is less than I’d expect. Also notes of vanilla, burnt cocoa, wood and lots of dark, ripe fruits in the nose. The flavor makes you believe in the 15%. It is very sweet, yes, but there’s also a boozy sting that hits you right away. Once you get beyond the strong alcohol, there is some nice burnt wood character, along with raisins, dark cocoa, licorice, and mild peat. Full, full in body with fine tot average carbonation. Hot finish with the booze really stinging the teeth and all. There’s a long, oaky and burnt malty finish as well, highlighted with sugary, dark and ripe fruits, licorice, alcohol, prunes, light tobacco, earth, moss, dark sugars, toffee and molasses. This is a HUGE beer. A 1/3 of a pint is almost too much, but that’s what I’ve got. I do enjoy it, but now, afterr three beers in this pub on a warm Sunday afternoon, I am ready to go home.
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Miked1687 (606) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
BoostIPA (1096) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - APR 6, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
freretoc (437) - Besançon, FRANCE - APR 5, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
fiammanghilla (421) - Genova, ITALY - APR 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cicchetto (furto di 3€) @ Savona a tutta birra.
Scura senza schiuma.
Al naso vino e legno.
In bocca carbonazione soft, morbida con sentori di uvetta passa.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhold
Beergeek23322 (2024) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
3/30/2014. 12 oz. bottle. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aromas are sweet and oaky with chocolate, vanilla and licorice. Sweet whiskey flavors with a hint smoke. More licorice, vanilla and chocolate. A bit sticky, but the high alcohol is muted. Very good.
Beerhunter111 (5343) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sehr dunkelbraunes, fast schwarzes Bier mit geringer bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, Kaffee, Schokolade, holzig. Geschmack intensiv röstmalzig, holzig, Kaffe, Schokolade, leicht alkoholisch.
Iznogud (378) - CROATIA - MAR 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared bottle 330 ml at La Fine Mousse, Paris. Pours black with almost no head. Roasted malts alcohol aroma. Roasted malts, chocolate, caramel flavor with touch of whiskey. Full bodied.
Lore (822) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
almost black colour, medium beige head; aroma of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, whisky and dried berries; bittesweet taste with intensive malty sweetness, vanilla, whisky notes, hints of cherries and herbal liqueur, roastedness, and spicy alcoholic notes; very complex imperial stout
JanVah (48) - SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
På flaska @ Cindirella. Helt svart färg. Luktar kaffe.Smakar fruktigt sött som rundas av med en stark smak av kaffesom sitter kvar i gommen länge,