iowaherkeye (2675) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
275mL bottle, no date for $7.99 at Beverages 4 Less in Santee, probably eight months ago. Black body with a one finer tan head, fair retention. Aroma has lots of milk chocolate with plenty of figs, molasses, and raisin notes to make me think itíd be a good sipper/cigar/dessert beer. Tobacco and decaying leaves are in there. Thereís also some fruity English yeast and roast, though the roast isnít too high. Flavor continues to be rich and chocolatey and fruity, not much roast at all, and I like it. Alcohol is masked well considering itís at 10%, bitterness at a 2, light roast. Full body with low smooth carbonation. Very tasty.
prawlie (1017) - 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 (674) - 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 (1642) - 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 (234) - 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 (1084) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Tesco. 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 (552) - 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 (225) - 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!
harrisoni (12068) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Pigs Ear 2013. Boozy too hot. Some intense dark chocolate. Quite whisky like. Ok but not my thing just way too whisky boozy. Some paper. Some choc.
Jasond612 (168) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11/30/13 $6.99 cool looking expensive bottle from CBO.
Pours a dark chocolate brown with a big fluffy tan head.
Smelled mostly of dark fruit with slight chocolate and coffee. Taste was similar with hints of licorice. Mouthfeel was average. I love a good RIS and was very excited for this especially with the cost but found it average at best
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Travlr (9839) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Dark maroon brown color, brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, dark fruit. Tast is cocoa, anise, coffee, figs. Very tasty.