chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well, its certainly a stout, and not a bad one at all, but its not an Imperial stout by any stretch of the imagination. Opaque, deep chestnut brown colour. Farmyard and coffee aroma. Espresso coffee and chocolate in the flavours. Dry finish with a bitter aftertaste. Rather impressive overall, but not enough complexity to score higher. Cask (gravity), Catford Beer Festival.
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Cask conditioned] Very optimisitc to call a stout with only 4.5% an imperial stout. Lots of malty bitterness. Some fruitiness. Not very full bodied nor imperial, but a nice brew.
pivo (2585) - GERMANY - AUG 26, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
TAP GBBF: Light toasted nose, lathery sticky head, opque dark brown color. Slow start in the taste profile, then bursts into a strong bitter roasted maltiness. molasses in the middle , then an espresso-like finish. Clean palate, not very complex but decent all around. Too thin for a stout?
SilkTork (5275) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2005 Aug, 2003. Gravity Cask, Kent Beer Festival. Roasty aroma. Some soy sauce in taste. Dark and increasingly bitter. Very pleasant but lacks breadth and complexity, concentrating on bitter roast tones. [3.5]
Sept, 2003. <a href=http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/25/258 Lion, Snargate. Dry roasted barley flavour dominates. Small hint of fruity sweetness up front which is soon thumped into submission by the burning dryness. A crude dry stout in flavour, but aroma is more of an imperial. [3.1]
Nov, 2005.<a href=http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/21/212 Volunteer, Maidstone In perfect condition. A rich and flavoursome dry stout with creamy chocolate notes and those hints of sour wine and soy sauce that lift this beer into the Imperial Stout arena where by abv alone it shouldn’t belong. Delicious. [4.0]
bierkoning (10555) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GBBF, cask. Aroma has roasted malt. Firm licorice apple and roasted malt flavor. Long roasted bitter finish. Loads of flavor for the modest alcohol content.
YogiBeera (2493) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
GBBF 2003: not much going on with the aroma: light chocolate-espresso nose. Medium hazelnut-opaque color wth a foamy head. Mild bitter coffee - roasted taste. Not really thin but takes it's time to show the flavors in your mouth. Decent - but not overwhelming.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2003 Bring on the chalky astringency i say. Loads of roasty, smoky, chocolatey flavours. Nice richness of flavour, medium bodied. Nice salty, mineraly, dry finish, some nice bitter hops also noticed. Yeah, its only a 4.5% Imperial Stout, but it tastes good, thats all that matters to me. (Cask- KentBF03')
Nuffield (3717) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
That's no mistake--an Imperial Stout at 4.5% abv. Very dark and very much opaque, but apparently thin as well, as you might expect. Quite a bit of flavor, chocolate, smoke, roastiness, with an aroma that also shows some plum richness. But for me, the good elements here were overwhelmed by a sharply negative palate effect--highly chalky and astringent, with an otherwise acceptably bitter end. The chalkiness had me grimacing with each sip, even as I kept drinking more and more to give it the benefit of the doubt. (gravity pour at 2003 Kent Beer Festival)