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Brewed by Bristol Beer Factory
Style: Imperial Stout
Bristol, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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Mainly available bottle conditioned. Occasionally on cask.
This is our Ultimate Stout, strong black, unctuous and delicious. Hints of coffee, chocolate & dark fruits, made using a Belgian yeast & roasted malts. This beer is the Ultimate after-dinner treat, drink from a brandy snifter, sat in your most comfortable chair, preferably by a roaring fire, & savour the aromas & flavours.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (4567) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Bottle @ home. The pour’s deep brown with a medium tan head that takes its sweet time to develop. The nose is definite Belgian yeast, ribbon candy sweetness. Some notes of earthy toffee and medium roast coffee. Hints of vinous chocolate-dipped red berry. The taste is definitely interesting - the belgian yeast gives a bubble gum sweetness that blends well with rich berry flavors. Chocolate cake, rich roasted malts. Mildly nutty, creamy finish. Luxurious mouthfeel. Fruity, pleasant. Nice, soft body. Really well executed and flavorful stuff. Overall, wow, this was much better than I thought it would be. By far the best Bristol beer I’ve had.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
FatPhil (9287) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 19, 2014
500ml bottle (Birofilia2014, Zywiec) (6:4:6-:4:11=3.1-)
Simple roast aroma, sweetish. Flat, black. Beany grains. Covers 7.5% well, but is dead. Beany and a bit of veg, no thanks. The nice black colour is the best aspect.

1.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Marduk (2658) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 12, 2014
500ml bottle. Very dark brown almost black color. No head. Sweet, caramel, alcohol in aroma. Puke, fcukin’ beans in taste. Horrible shit. Fcuk it! Why me?

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerViking (2441) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle at 7.5%, near-black with a caffe crema, nose is chocolate with hints of caramel, tart red fruit and apple. Heavy bodied with a strong dry bitter edge, notes of cocoa, old leather, tobacco, coffee, burnt dark chocolate, and a little spice. Dry-bitter yet faintly syrupy finish with hints of espresso and black treacle.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomekk1978 (447) - POLAND - JUL 9, 2014
Barwa: ciemno brązowa, nieprzejrzysta nawet pod światło. Piana beżowa, drobno pęcherzykowa, niewielka i prawie natychmiast opadająca. Pozostaje jedynie przy ściankach, po czym także zanika. Aromat: czekolada, nieco ciemnych owoców, prawdopodobnie za sprawą belgijskich drożdży, co upodabnia to piwo nieco do dubbel-a. Następnie melanoidyny, orzech oraz nieco alkoholu. Smak: słodowy, ewidentnie pełny. Początkowo słodki, jedynie minimalnie kwaskowy z wytrawną i nieco alkoholową końcówką. Znajdziemy w nim akcenty czekolady, kawy, spieczonego ciasta, orzechów i delikatnie owocowe. Powyższe piwo pokazuje nam co można zrobić ze stoutem i za co tak bardzo lubimy jego wzmocnione wersje. Za ich pełnię, konkretny i bezkompromisowy charakter. Piana mogłaby być, co prawda bardziej obfita i trwała, a smak nieco bardziej wyrazisty, ale moim zdaniem i tak warto, zwłaszcza, że cena przyzwoita.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
thegoslow (2) - Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2014 does not count
Aroma is chocolaty and spicy. Quite heavy bitter taste, recommend sharing as finishing 500ml was tough. Another great beer from BBF though!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (1920) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2014
Pours pitch black with a tan head. Nose shows liquorice, chocolate, spicy phenols, a hint of cloves and cardamon, roasted malts and chocolate liqueur. Aggressively roasty flavours, nowhere near as sweet as the aroma suggests. Mainly focuses on roasted barley, liquorice and spicy phenols but there’s also a hint of coffee. Body feels a little light on, carbonation is a bit over the top.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PawelD (164) - Gdańsk, POLAND - JUN 29, 2014
Piwo butelkowe. Kolor czarna smoła, kompletnie nieprzejrzysty, bardzo mało piany, tworzy tylko minimalny kożuch na powierzchni piwa. W zapachu kawa, śliwki, lekki anyż. W smaku palone ziarna kawy, kakao, śliwki, ciasto z alkoholem, piwo bardzo gęste i kremowe, alkoholowa nuta na granicy nieprzyjemności ale jednak jej nie przekracza. Minimalnie kwaskowate, wysycenie niskie do zerowego. Bardzo dobry stout ale Imperialnym bym go nie nazwał.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mt_hall (107) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2014
Bottled. Pours jet black with virtually no head. A smoky coffee and malt aroma. Sweet chocolate start, then a much drier, smoky licorice finish. Very noticeable alcohol warmth. Good flavours, but the finish is a little too bitter and harsh IMO.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3219) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2014
Medium beige head dark pour soft carbonation the artomas aniseed molasses dark chocolate rich notes the flavours aniseed molasses rich dark fruits roast coffee dark chocolate mild bitter this a fairly sweet imperial caramel the finish best flavours malts fruits medium tastes spice not bad

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ComradeK (1010) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a moderate beige head, which lasts reasonably well but does not leave much lacing. Milk chocolate, raisin, blackberry and a little black coffee make up the aroma. Mild fruity hops mix with berry notes up front, before giving way to bittersweet cocoa in the mid-palate. A touch of espresso comes through in the finish. This is quite decent, although it could do with a little more body and power to elevate it.


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