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Brewed by Hardknott
Style: Imperial Stout
Millom, England
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RATINGS: 64   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 (3682) - 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7638) - 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 cgarvieukís, Edinburgh

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (3876) - 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 (7316) - 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 didnít give me wood. 837315

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
elbernays (416) - 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 (1135) - 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 (800) - 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.


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