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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: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (11495) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2015
Bottled, 330ml from Tebay Services, Orton, Cumbria. Black with tan head. Big beer this, extremely sweet and syrupy with a heavy coffee liquor notes, groundsy, some bittering, like a Turkish coffee pot. Full palate, heavy drinking, certainly a sipper than a drinker. Got to be done.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
minutemat (2587) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2015
330ml bottle @ 12th Shrewsbury Bottle Share, courtesy of Simon! Pours dark with minimal head. Week-old coffee dregs aroma. Horrible dregs / vanilla on initial sip, syrupy, bitter, rich and generally rather unpleasant. Not for me I’m afraid.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (4995) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2015
28th April 2015: 330ml bottle split at the Shrewsbury Bottle Exchange Group meeting. Dark and forbidding, dregs of the coffee machine came to mind when I sniffed and drank this. Yet I also found it sweet and interesting: let’s leave it at that.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99 (961) - CROATIA - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle; pours black with almost no head; slightly bitter aroma of dark malts, roasted coffee, with hints of chocolate and vanilla; taste is bittersweet with chocolate, roasted coffee, with some licorice and vanilla notes; finish is dry and bitter; very complex but very nicely done

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fashawn (439) - Montesarchio, ITALY - JAN 19, 2015
coffee, nuts, bread, chocolate, caramel, for the aroma, with some vanilla. black, sparklin with frothy, brown foam. heavy cloying sweetness leading To A lightly bitter. full body, creamy, oily feel, soft carbonation, long finish, with a bit of astringent.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hermod (4457) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JAN 9, 2015
33cl bottle. Pours black, thin brown head. Aroma is exploding with strong coffee notes, dark chocolate, ash, vanilla. Flavor lacks the intensity of the aroma, got mostly ash and soy sauce, burnt wood. Coffee and vanilla in the finish. Slightly disappointed, because the aroma was so good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (3640) - 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 (7455) - 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 (5839) - 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 (5758) - 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!


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