Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22.4 oz bottle
At $11.99 I thought this was fairly pricey until a recent run had me picking up more bombers in the same price range. Nonetheless I won’t be buying it again despite being a solid imperial stout. I understand the need to charge more for something that has to cross an ocean. However after my final bottle of Paradox I think I am done with Brewdog for a while.
Aroma / Appearance - Ashy brown in complexion the head contrasts nicely with the dense inky black body. Peat, smoke, anise, vanilla, caramel, and warm smores blend into an invitation to explore this more.
Flavor / Palate - Creamy molasses starts the show followed by smoke and peanut butter. Dried oak chips trace their way over the back of the tongue along with chocolate flakes. The finish gives a pleasant touch yet could be more assertive. Overall this falls into the "nice but expensive" category along with beers like DFH Black and Blue and Southern Tier’s Cuvee series.
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de café avec une pointe de cacao. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Saveur: Goût de café torréfié avec une pointe de cacao et de petits fruits. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #2376)
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22.4oz bottle. Random, right? Very dark brown with a light beige head that dissipates. Licorice, chocolate, and wet paper aroma. The flavor has sweet licorice, lightly roasted malt and modest bitterness. Pretty mellow. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Not much going on here, but I can see why this would be a good barrel candidate.
Blaketj80 (78) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours very dark with little light at the seams of the glass. Smells of malt syrup and slightly roasty. Tastes like malt syrup with average body and roasty bitterness. OK, but nothing to write home about.
Lalli (243) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0,33 l bottle. Black, as is to be expected. Nose is dominated by liquorice, coffee and roasted malts. Flavor is mainly coffee, some soy, with a slight chocolate sweetness at the end. Very nice brew.
jake65 (3444) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - APR 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of roast and espresso. Maybe a little cocoa. Flavor is a rich blend of espresso, dark fruits, roast, molasses, and a little smokey. A feeling of the abv before the bittersweet tail. Nice.
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - APR 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Sweet roasty aroma. Deep brown-black body, small tan head. Flavor is medium sweet, with plenty of chocolate and a bit of roast. Finish carries the sweetness, but adds some enjoyable bitter notes. A very well done strong stout, although different, to my way of thinking, from a true impy.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: A peaty and very dirty stout.
How: Bottle 330ml. Consumed relatively fresh, almost 1 year before best-before date.
The look: Black body topped by a few beige bubbles acting as a head
In long: Unusual nose of peat, leather bag, old shoes and such. No kidding. Really dirty nose, I didn’t mind it at all and found it intriguing. Taste is again intriguing but just not that good. Body is rather viscous and lifeless, like a watery tar or something. Carbonation is minimal. Some old black coffee approaching old coffee filter flavour. Chocolaty too but again the chocolate doesn’t come out as standard bitter black chocolate. More like earthy/peaty buttery chocolate without much bitterness. Pretty fucked up and far from clean but surely not uninteresting. Just as long as you don’t mind an imperial stout that is as clean as a Pilipino prostitute after a fleet American battleships left town.
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a pitch black with nothing much in the way of a head. Aroma is heaven itself: toasty and a touch of booze, dark fruit (raisins) and salted caramel. Yum! Taste is surprising: It has a nice roasty bite, present but subdued and well-balanced hops (which linger nicely intermingled with the roastiness in the aftertaste) and until it’s really, really warmed up, not a lot in the middle (sweetness or body). Once it warms, though, it kicks in with toasted oat/coconut cookie, graham cracker, touch of caramel. Complex and delicious! Body is lightly carbonated and while creamy, not entirely thick or chewy. I really, really like this, and aside from the astringent lightly peppery finish, I wouldn’t have pegged it for an impy, so it wears itself well, though at 8% I shouldn’t expect too much burn. Very, very nice.
finol (3125) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a light tan head.
Smells of rosted malts and some vinous alcohol.
Tastes of malts, chocolate and soy.