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Brewed by Hardknott
Style: Imperial Stout
Millom, England
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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Cask & bottle conditioned; Special.
Itís a triple imperial stout with lots of stuff in it. Itís full of beans, three different types in fact (coffee, vanilla and cocoa). Itís 11% and black. You wouldnít neck it very fast, it will be seriously expensive for one thing. Also, you wouldnít 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.


tiong's rating

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (3610) - Espoo, - JAN 26, 2013
330ml bottle

Pours dark brown, almost black with a tiny brown head. Aroma of stingy vegetables, roastiness, hints of cocoa and vanilla. Taste is strong with roasty vanilla notes, hints of stingy vegetables, cocoa and coffee. Finish is strong and malty with some roastiness and hints of vanilla. A bit unbalanced, feels like it would be slightly better from a fresh bottle.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weaselkenievil (1606) - 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 didnít give me wood. 837315

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
elbernays (390) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 22, 2014
Pours petrol black. Head disappears, which makes it look terrible. Coffee, big sweetness, liquorice, some burnt notes, smoky wood. Flavour is smooth sweet milk. Big bitter hit on the finish, with massive alcohol burn. No bubbles. There is a lot going on the nose but the alcohol is not integrated enough. Oily slick mouthfeel. Not great.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Garrold (1063) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle from Bier Huis, Ossett. Clear, very dark, reddy brown. Halo of tan head. Sugary espresso. Taste is thick sweetness. Some coffee bitterness. Thick, sugary palate. Bitterness at the end, but too late to prevent tooth melt. A bit rough, to be honest.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ciaranc (781) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 14, 2014
330 ml bottle from Redmonds. Black, brown pour, thin tan head. Vanilla, chocolate, coffee aroma. A blast of flavour, sweet, stewed fruits, espresso bitter. Thick syrupy mouthfeel, minimal carbonation. Have it with some salted caramel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beersofjoy (2) - - FEB 10, 2014 does not count
Aroma suggests sweet intensity and thatís precisely what it delivers. Thin head which disappears quickly, coffee and a nice roastiness, nice carbonation keeping the beer from overwhelming. Just too much Vanilla in there for me making the sweet finish spoil the balance.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Coyler (112) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 6, 2014
What a wiff off this..a big stout indeed. Lots of coffee and mocha on the nose, little light on the palate even though its 11%, flavours are there, coffee, chocolate, mocha, some tobacco oddly! Still a smashing beer, will be buying to age maybe one or two :)

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pizd (432) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2014
(Bottle): Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of coffee beans, liquorice, molasses, chocolate. Flavour is so rich and sweet, lots of coffee, liquorice, treacle, chocolate, soy sauce, huge dark fruit notes, subdued vanilla, charred wood - and a lot more I canít put my finger on. Body is slick, thick and oily. A huge and delicious surprise but the big sweetness makes it tough to finish the bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zimbo (525) - SCOTLAND - JAN 16, 2014
Finally opening this having had in since a Cumbrian visit in 2012. Donít think it was new when I bought it. Some deep brown head. Smells of concrete, Spice, Cola & some heat. Suave thick slick sappy oily body & tastes of intense dark black chocolate, earth with just the tiniest of fizzle on the way down. Pretty damn fine really. And Unbelievablely alcoholic.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (2740) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 27, 2013
330ml bottle form brewery online shop. BBE Jan 2015. Jet black, nae head. Tiny bubbles form if you swirl it around. Looks like crude oil does in films. Packs a dirty coffee punch in the aroma, alongside faint vanilla and blackcurrant. Hidden booze. Full body, creamy to sticky texture, pretty flat, but no bad thing. Long fruity finish. Pretty, pretty goood.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuu666 (1371) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 23, 2013
Bottle at Craigís tasting. Huge coffee nose, sweet coffee, chocolate, roasty taste, light vanilla.


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