Sammy (8663) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
After 5.5 years had a fresh bottle(so cognac ageing of the 1978 I had in 2006 not there yet as only year old) courtesy of Gary. Very creamy, light chocolate and roast. Very good, and uncomparable to the US versions of this style. A Must try. Big head.
jtclockwork (8445) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of molasses, sweet milk chocolate, espresso coffee, dry roasted chocolate malt and vanilla. Some black licorice notes linger. A little light on the palate, but nice creamy texture with a slightly dry roast finish.
GT2 (8444) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
275mL 2011 ed. Pours clear sepia with a towering, enormous, tan mocha head. Rocky with incredible retention. Massive lace. Nose is sweet pears, relatively estery for style, sweet chocolate, spicy chocolate, fudge. Relatively subtle but complex nose with spiced apple pie. Taste is bitter, earthy, a bit dirty for me. Iron laden soil takes forefront moving to thicker bitter chocolate. Finish is dry and loses metallic character. Warming and decanting the nose becomes richer dark chocolate and heavy mousse. Taste is fuller and thicker chocolate mousse. Really improves over time in the glass.
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JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Several bottles/glasses at the Amsterdam/Young and Wells Brewers dinner (a million thanks to Iain for the invite). Deep dark brown pour with a creamy tan head. The nose is awesome. Loads of dark plum, cherry and some heavy charry roastiness. Lightly boozy with intensely chewy malt along with a touch of raisin and some ashy notes. Intense and chewy with a lot of lingering sweetness. Absolutely delicious.
Rune (8065) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask, GBBF 2013, thanks to Kjell for sharing. Opaque jet black body. Naked surface. Roasted dark caramel and chocolate on the nose. Confectionery taste with hints of anise, dried fruits, and coffee. Gentle roasted, dark malty ending. Smooth and warming on the swallow. Fine night cap to round off the second day at the festival (London Olympia 14.08.2013).
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Capone’s. The pour is burnt umber toward black, pretty thick, turbid, with a 3-finger tan head. Nose is figgy fruit, raisins, roasty charred black patent malt, and blackberries. Tastes rich, fruity with a lot of fig and blackberry flavor (and yes, I know no fruit was added, so save your BMs), charred black malt, backup hops, and cacao late. Well hidden alcohol, with a dryer finish. Solid.
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2011 Wells and Young’s version (2011 bottle) not sure if this is a new entry, as it is reportedly a new recipe. I’ll let the English admins decide. Pours with a black body and minimal tan head. Viscous. Aroma of roast, cocoa, coffee and licorice. Light estery character. Flavors are quite bitter as well, with a good amount of earthy roast. Light boozy and vinous notes. Medium thick mouthfeel with low carbonation. Interesting to see how it will age.
gnoff (7844) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
275 ml bottle from Systembolaget, bought in March. BB 16/08/25. Bottle no 159076. 2012 vintage. Sampled on June 9, 2013.
Black color, brown head. Sweet, malty, grainy, alcohol, dark dried fruits, milky scent. Alcohol, toffee, sweet, roasted, bitter cocoa, caramel taste. Warming alcohol. Bitter cocoa and spicy aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013-10-19. Black body with a quick tan head. 3+ Aroma of dark malt, lightly alcoholic with a sort of a green hop accent and a weird mix of something I can’t place. 7+ Flavour is a touch odd as well, sweet dark malt base, light roast and an odd not quite peppery undertone to it that eventually turns to a chocolatey cocoa quality. Average plus bodied palate, low carbonation. Bit disappointing given its reputation and my expectations but still decent. I look forward to trying it again in a bottle sometime. Session 2, Cask Days 2013, Toronto
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MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This dessert of an Imperial Stout joins prunes, milk chocolate, roasted cereals and caramel, leading them to a heavy yet harmonious finish.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slim slice of foam garnishes the darkness.
-This lacks hop character in the finish (for my tastes in the style).
-Carbonation is rather low, which makes the sweetness feel heavier.
-The nose is very expressive and predicts the sweet onslaught.
-Unripe pears also appear in the flavor profile.