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Hardknott Vitesse Noir

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


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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gowdy (915) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - NOV 7, 2015
Taste of a bottle at Craig’s house. Very dark. Tiny tiny head. I’m told this bottle has lost some life.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jesperhammer (3686) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2015
30-OCT-2015, bottle @Ulkløbben meeting, @Sonni. Black with low Brown head. Sweet roast, coffee, Vanilla. Very sweet. OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Linnet (1387) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2015
Immensely powerful, lots of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, roasty, ABV evident, very, very sweet, boozy, medium bite and salty, fullbodied, very rich, but the sweetness makes it a bit hard to get down.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gegwilson (2379) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2015
Bottle from Open All Hours in Keswick. Pours pitch black with a dense beige head that eventually fades to a rim around the edge. A good looking beer. Vinous aroma with mocha notes. The taste is really rich and sweet. Bags of flavour including sherry and vanilla before loads of coffee and black chocolate. The alcohol is warming and unobtrusive. Sticky, oily mouth feel. A superb beer. Perhaps a touch too sweet making it a tiny bit sickly towards the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (11947) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
minutemat (2908) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (5189) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99 (1047) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fashawn (492) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hermod (4963) - 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.

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