rangerred (784) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
275ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled in May 2011.
Pours pitch black with a dark tan half finger head that is pretty fizzy and quick to fade. Head retention and lacing are both lacking with just a ring left around the top of the beer.
The aroma has much more of a fruity character than other RIS I have had. Lots of dark fruit and licorice that really reminds me of many English ales, just on a stronger level. Really not much roast at all just a lot of fruit and yeasty esters. It works, though, and nothing is offensive whatsoever.
The flavor is where this beer really shines. Much like the aroma, dark fruity esters dominate at first. Somewhat sweet with quite a bit of yeast character. Not extremely impressive but about halfway through the taste, something magical happens. Almost out of nowhere tons of roast comes shooting in along with some coffee and dark chocolate. This marries magically with the dark fruit leading to an intensely complex finish. Moderate bitterness with a lot less sweetness than many other RIS with a pretty dry finish.
Overall, probably the best RIS I have had. Extremely complex flavors and an absolutely amazing mouthfeel with alcohol being extremely well hidden. A definite world class beer.
jamesie1857 (1098) - 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 (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 (1087) - 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 (553) - 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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