Garrold (3015) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Testicles. Nearly black. Thin, tan head. Licorice, blackberry, leather, dried vinous fruit. Taste is brown sugar sweet, then dark chocolate tangy. Palate is thick, oily, and quite frankly, delicious. Long, bitter finish. Best value beer of the year!
rauchbier (3699) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from Tesco, Scunthorpe. Jet black, fluffy but quickly reducing coffee beige head and gentle condition. Treacle, toffee and sweet liquorice, some woody smokiness and a touch of coffee in the nose. Sweet liquorice again in the mouth with a developing roast barley bitterness and a delicate chalky sweet coffee note. Alcohol is quite dominant and lingers retronasaly, finish has a sweet start with notes of coffee before a slight fruitiness and finally a roasted bitterness.
Lonick (1029) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to McNeillR, Pours black, quite simple but that should not be considered a bad thing in this beer. Coffee, vanilla, sweet, nice and comforting. You would never have guessed that it was 10%
Christopsy (137) - SCOTLAND - DEC 17, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Tesco. Nice creamy full bodied imperial stout. Full of dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Lovely aftertaste.Nice frothy 2 finger head
tommann (3053) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating 2300. 275ml bottle, 2012 vintage. Pours jet black with a medium head. Aroma is liquorice, espresso, tobacco and beef. A little mint. Taste is liquorice and coffee. Touches of mint ice cream. Less complex than the aroma.
auerbrau (3197) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2013
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
2012 Nip. Found this in the discount section for $1.50. Seemed like there couldn’t be any reason not to give it a swing. Aroma is intensely scented with toffee, pipe tobacco, molasses, and cocoa powder. Flavors start similarly, but then develop a slightly acrid, kind of harsh chemical quality to them that reminds me of Fuggles, but could be something else. There is some dark malt smokiness in the middle and the overall dark malt build will be interesting to re-engage as it smoothes.
CraftBeerNick (1403) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home, 13th December 13. Pours black, aroma is smokey ash, sweet chocolate. Taste is not so complex, but a reasonable sipper, for the price
ContemplateBeer (1818) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thought of Handel’s "Zadok the Priest" when pouring, so that’s the soundtrack for this beer at the moment (John Eliot Gardiner’s rendition with the Monteverdi Choir, described by one listener as being "coldly dignified") Aroma: Espresso up front, something that almost reminds me of sandalwood in a subtle way, vanilla beans, fudge, slight peat; really marvelous and, well, dignified. Appearance: Inky, pitch black pour with a lively, frothy head that settles into a mocha coloured coating. Flavor: Espresso and earth; vanilla in the background; a little bit of a hot edge towards the end. In every way avoids the label of "sweet." Palate: Medium body, oily texture, flat carbonation, bitter finish. Overall: 2012 vintage, bottle #083833. Maybe a little too soon to open, but still quite nice.
Fin (8699) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from ’Jacks’ Westholme Stores, Goring-on-Thames, Oxon consumed at home Thursday 12th December 2013 Pours oily black, ’shark eye black’ with a beige head. A little coffee on the nose and a dusting off cocoa. Taste is much, much simpler and less extravagent than many of the more OTT big American Imperial Stouts, that’s not to say this is in anyway better, its just different with a distinctly British take on this style. I don’t think the alcohol is too intrusive, it isn’t to sweet. Some liquorice, a little woodiness
I like it, btw I’ve been out on a work Christmas night out this is my nightcap so not as desriptive as it could have been. A7 A4 T7 P4 Ov15 3.7
jamesie1857 (1763) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
275ml bottle from Tesco - only Ł1.99 - a bargain! Rich black body, thick foamy beige head. Nose is liquorice, black coffee, blackcurrants, with a boozy overtone. The taste is rich and fruity, with an oily mouthfeel, and a long alcohol warming finish. This is good... very good.