ContemplateBeer (1917) - 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 Handelís "Zadok the Priest" when pouring, so thatís the soundtrack for this beer at the moment (John Eliot Gardinerís 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 (9169) - 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 íJacksí Westholme Stores, Goring-on-Thames, Oxon consumed at home Thursday 12th December 2013 Pours oily black, íshark eye blackí 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, thatís not to say this is in anyway better, its just different with a distinctly British take on this style. I donít think the alcohol is too intrusive, it isnít to sweet. Some liquorice, a little woodiness
I like it, btw Iíve 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 (1806) - 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 £1.99 - 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.
prawlie (1433) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Black with oily coloured head. Dry roasted, but surprisingly easy on the palate, with light chocolate notes. Roast, vanilla and chocolate in the aroma. Slipped down a treat.
Beese (2561) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Watford Beer Festival 2013. Poured black with a rocky tan head. Aroma of black treacle, cocoa and alcohol. Mouth feel was more watery than I would hope for in a 10% imperial stout. Very syrupy flavour with sweet molasses and some coffee. Palate was dark chocolate, dates, toffee and warm booze... however it ended up being very salty as well. Considering who brews this, I wasnít surprised to be quite underwhelmed, but it wasnít undrinkable...
evergreen0199 (2802) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 Vintage bottle from my local Tesco (4 for £6 which is a bargain). A dark brown/black coloured pour with a healthy tight beige head on top. Rich chocolate, coffee aroma. Tastes similar, rich chocolate, some coffee, licquorice, hint of dark fruit. It is pretty good but Iím sure it would improve considerably after some years of ageing.
richc (239) - Bolton, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of coffee and liquorice with some cocoa notes. Flavour adds perhaps a hint of roast and even marmite
SarkyNorthener (3792) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2013 Bottle from Tesco. 2013 Vintage. Black beer with medium tan head. Aroma of cocoa, coffee and some wood shavings. Taste is dark chocolate, coffee beans, some vanilla and dark fruits with a touch of licorice. There is a little warmth from the alcohol but nothing imposing. Medium bodied and moderately oily. Very nice. Have a few more to open at various years.
beerandbeyond (708) - ISRAEL - DEC 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
9.3Oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Super dark brown color with a huge fluffy dark beige head that stays.
Dark chocolate aromas, cocoa nibs, vanilla, marzipan and some roasted wood.
Sweet chocolaty flavor, dark fruits, lo bitterness, espresso, some alcohol and vanilla.
Med-full body, surprisingly fizzy, somewhat creamy and quite rich.
gegwilson (2737) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Tesco. Pours black with decent tan head. Fantastic coffee and cocolate flavours before a big bitter licorice finish. This is really rich and delicious. Very close to perfection. Jut a touch of harshness on the finish, which might be sorted out by ageing. Iíll have to get a few more bottle to find out!