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Hardknott Vitesse Noir

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Brewed by Hardknott
Style: Imperial Stout
Millom, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask & bottle conditioned; Special.
It’s a triple imperial stout with lots of stuff in it. It’s full of beans, three different types in fact (coffee, vanilla and cocoa). It’s 11% and black. You wouldn’t neck it very fast, it will be seriously expensive for one thing. Also, you wouldn’t drink much of it because of the intense flavours. It is unlikely to cause major drunken behaviour mainly because it is aimed at beer geeks rather than tramps.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (3121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2014
33cl bottle at Chriso’s Christmas tasting, London. It pours a dark brown color with a small brown head. This one is sweet boozy bold rich chocolate. It has loads of coffee and vanilla notes. Overall, great

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (6865) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
[6485-20140708] Bottle. Charcoal roasted malt and olive oil aroma. Brown black body with a quick foamy tan head. Syrup roasted malt flavour has long sweet syrup aftertaste and some vanilla notes. Full body. Good. (7/3/7/3/15) 3.5
(Tasting at cgarvieuk’s, w/ him, BenH, jercraigs, Stuu666, others)
Overheard: "Same thing we do every night, Craig." "Yep, try to drink all the world."

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (4001) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2014
Bottle shared at chriso’s winter tasting 7/12/2014. Dark caramel brown coloured pour with a halo of off elite head. Aroma is spicy veg, nutty choc, pumpkin. Palate is sweet, nutty, moderate carbonation. Really full an d sticky. Flavour is nutty, coco, vanlla. Interesting. bit too sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5759) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 23, 2014
33cl, new exclusive English brew Anno 2011, with vanilla, chocolate and coffee, from Ales By Mail (UK), complex sweet Stout, roasted/sweet and slightly fruity/spicy, balanced, hazy, nearly no head, good brew, yet expensive!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
zacgillbanks (2571) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2014
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. An Inky black beer that pours with no head. It has an oily mouthfeel, an extremely powerful coffee flavour, warming chocolate and vanilla followed by a bitter hoppy, coffee and sweet warming finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerViking (2693) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2014
Bottle, like alcoholic toasted treacle and liquorice, sweet yet dry and just bitter enough.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8091) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2014
2014-07-08. Dark brown black body headless. 3+ Aroma is modest sweet dark malt, some vegetal green coffee character. Flavour is fairly sweet, rich dark malt. Lightly fruity. Lingering lightly tangy dark malt. 7+ Smooth medium bodied palate, soft carbonation. 4+ Bottle, Tasting at cgarvieuk’s, Edinburgh

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (4312) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2014
Bottle @ home shared by benzai. Black colour with a small to medium sized light brown head. Smells sweet, chocolate, bourbon, coffee. Tastes chocolate, roasty, lots of iron, some liquorice, hint of vanilla, wiebertjes. Medium to full, soft carbo.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (8999) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2014
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized dark brown head. Aroma is malts, dark and roasted malts, coffee, espresso, loads and loads of coffee and espresso, vanilla. Taste malts, again loads of coffee and espresso, quite some vanilla, sweetness as well as bitterness, slightly iron. Wow, loads and loads of flavors mixed together. Not completely balanced, but certainly not a mess. I think this is a wonderful beer, but I just happen to not like vanilla.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2014
Bottle at home from the beer stall in Stockport market, good bloke that guy there. Thick black colour with a very small tan head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, something metallic. Flavour dark chocolate, some alcohol warmth, jammy fruity notes, some coffee bitterness. A decent beer but something just didn’t give me wood. 837315


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