Sizzler80 (447) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, tan head. Roasted malt, aniseed, chicory, espresso, chocolate. Meaty with low carbonation. Nice balance of flavour and aromas.
imdownthepub (9961) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned at Peterborough Beer Fest ’13. Black with slight cream head. Super smooth but highly alcoholic in character, lots of plummy fruit notes, some coffee, some liquorice. Heavy old stuff, but worth the effort.
cgarvieuk (13935) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home... Deep black... Thin tan lacing... Soft roast dark malts... Little fizzy... Light meaty malts... Little salty... Dark malts... Rich roast... Nice... Heavy malts...
KyotoLefty (6145) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at GBBF. Big coffee and cocoa nose. Pitcvh black color with lace. Creamy vanilla, coffee, chocolate flavors. Light but full bodied. Rich and lovely. Nice hops as well, with tobacco notes. bitter, hot finish.
Osprey87 (1367) - WALES - AUG 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GBBF, half pint draught. Black with hardly any head. Smell - some crayon, roasted barley, slight bubblegum. Body is medium with low carbonation. Taste - vegetable water, aniseed, slight coffee, roasted barley and liquorice finish. Good balance for a beer this strong. I wasn’t that fussed on it overall though.
ThreeCats (554) - ISRAEL - AUG 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with tan head. Aroma of coffee, roast, dark caramel, Sherri. Taste of roast, coffee, chocolate, Sherri, burnt sugar. Oddly light for such a heavy beer. Warm alcohol going down the throat.
Syzzer (581) - Oregon, USA - AUG 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 9.3 oz bottle- pours like a thick hot chocolate, dark brown in color with light brown thick frothy head. Flavor is a dull smokey licorice with prevalent characters of alcohol and bitterness.
Jerm719 (105) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
May 2011 vintage. Dark roasted coffee beans, smoke, dark cacao. Slight earthy hops. Burnt chocolate, raisins, anise and a hint of citrus. Very long burnt, smokey finish. Great beer. Thanks to my buddy Vic for this brew! Kick-ass !!
zvsn (482) - ISRAEL - AUG 1, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sample at the tasting. Thanks zvikar. Pours opaque dark brown, almost black, with a tan creamy head. Rich and pleasant aroma of roasted malts, caramel, coffee and cocoa. Taste – sweet malt, dark chocolate, dried fruits, brown sugar, bitter finish with a hint of smoke, delicious brew. Palate – smooth and creamy, very dense with a full body. Great beer.
EdKing (1790) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2013 Bottle from Kris Wines. 2012 Vintage. Opaque black, tan head that disspates to nothing. Nose is Marmite, salty, pure dark chocolate, dark fruit esters, prune, raisin, antique wood, rum, alcohol. Taste is, similar to the Thornbridge version of the recipe. It’s quite hard, very alcoholic, caramel, ale fruity, roasted malt, little salty, dark bitter chocolate, roast coffee, lots of black treacle, pear wine. It’s very distinctive but maybe not as smooth and soft as many modern Impy Stouts. Also quite dry. I find this a little too hard and maybe not so complex as others, so palate score only gets a 3 from me. However, will keep a bottle to age as I think it will soften. 3.5 bottled rating
Cask rating at GBBF 2013. Opaque very very dark brown, off white head. Nose is roasted malt, golden syrup, dark choc, little bit of ale fruity, slight estery, cereal grain. A lot going on in this. Taste is medium bodied, roasted malt, light dark chocolate, very light dark fruit, aromatic. Very dangerously drinkable. 4.2.