Nocturne (752) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Mikkeller Bar SF. Dark black with a thin brown head. Aroma promises baker’s chocolate and the taste is loaded with waves of cocoa. Nice oily mouthfeel. Decent overall but not exceptional, lacking some of the complexity and brute force of other imperial stouts. It would be interesting to see how a barrel (supposedly) transforms it.
Theydon_Bois (7955) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at GBBF ’13, 13/08/13.
Mid black with a thin tan head.
Nose is roast malt, brown sugars, dry roast, light honeycomb, woody tones.
Beese (1540) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Great British Beer Festival 2013.
Poured a black black with a medium tan head. Aroma of caramel, cocoa and coffee. Quite powerful carbonation and a slightly more watery mouth feel than I would hope for in an Imperial Stout. Flavours of roasted malt, berries, chocolate and some sharp citrus notes. Ends with nice burnt malts and espresso.
boxofrane (2067) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at craft ale house. Pours pitch black with a medium sized brown head.. Small bubbles on the glass. The aroma has a big coffee bean, roasty notes, some milk chocolate.. Nestle quik . The taste has a big milk chocolate lead which blends to bitter dark chocolate and coffee grinds. This is just sweet enough to balance the bitterness. The palate is full but relatively easy to drink.
Scopey (6326) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Deeblo at GBBF 2013. It pours darkest brown with a small tan head. The nose is roasted malt, big coffee aspect, earthy, toast, cocoa and caramel. The taste is roasty, earth, coffee grinds, decent bitterness, oily, tar, ash, burnt toffee, salted liquorice, touch of alcohol, mild acidity and berry with a dry, roasty finsh. Full body, moderate carbonation and oily mouth-feel. A tasty, well-balanced big stout.
biirusaikou (555) - - AUG 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice toffee aroma. Milky chocolate, roasted coffee, sweet finish. Quite syrupy but very pleasant dessert drink.
TheEpeeist (3297) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a puffy tan head. Nose is light coffee and chocolate, fig and honey. Medium body with a silky mouthfeel finishing chalky with a lingering roasty tang. Taste is bittersweet chocolate, espresso, grapefruit and wood. Solid stuff; would benefit with some aging to temper the hops.
yespr (30766) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 fl oz. Pours hazy dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty and caramelish. Chocolate and caramelish. Bitter, dark malty and chocolate. Dense and dark malty into the finish.
EdKing (1800) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Scopey, Leighton, Deeblo at GBBF 2013. Very dark brown, almost opaque, thin tan head. Nose is nice dark chocolate, syrupy, cocoa, touch of roasted malt. Taste is alcohol, roasted malt building on the tongue, black coffee, little green hops tingling though. Very nice.
caesar (4967) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled @ gbbf, medium sample. Dark color, short brown head. Aroma of chocolate chip cookie, roasted malt, hint of sweet honey. Rich flavor that balances the sweetness from the malts and bitterness. Lovely beer.