thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009. Pours like thick used motor oil with a thin dark tan head. Aroma is sweet malts, chocolate, coffee, alcohol. taste follows suit with aroma with a touch of spiciness. Full body with lively carbonation and a sweet, sticky finish
ianwelby (1021) - SCOTLAND - JUN 24, 2016
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black beer, odd smell that I can’t place. Flavour is basically if you took a rich, malty stout and threw some tangy fruit in there. A bit sour, but nice. Very nice
Stuartyboy (1361) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUN 24, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask @ GRAF 2016 a deep brown almost black beer with treacle and coffee aroma flavour is dark chocolate roasted malt coffee liquorice and treacle rich dark with treacle predominant flavour
danlo (2302) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
275ml bottle from Tuckers Maltings. Black colour, beige foam head leaving lacing and aroma of dark fruits, sourish, with liquorice, roast, spice. Taste is roasted malt, nutty, dark fruits & liquorice, leather, tangy with some earthy bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry roast bitter finish. Quite drinkable.
pushkinwow (2495) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from my sister. Black pour with a dark brown head that mostly disappears. A fairly fruity and molasses malt aroma, an odd tang or sourness that I guess is supposed to be there, some pomegranate, soy, ash and leather. Mild carbonation and full body, prune, tobacco. Very unique.
mbgrayson (703) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - MAY 1, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle cap is stamped ’2013’. Pours very dark brown with tan head. Aroma of leather and malt. Taste is the same, of roasted malts. Packed with rich notes of aged barley. Palate is long lasting and dense. Not my favorite of the style, but still a thumbs up.
Sledutah (6839) - Utah, USA - MAR 6, 2016
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1999 bottle at Mikes 50th
Dark brown with a small tan head, no lacing. Aroma of soy sauce and chocolate. Taste of dark malts, leather and whiskey
I held up pretty good for a 17yrs old Imp stout
trequites (5) - Exeter, Devon, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2016 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2016 Feb 2016. I have just uncorked a bottle of 2000 Imperial Extra Double Stout, bottled March 2001, Best before end 2004. No condition. Very black, intense raisiny aroma, similar to an aged sherry. Slight liquorice taste. Dry finish, very warming. Very drinkable even after all these years and probably would have been good for more years yet if I hadn’t opened it.
ThirstyBird (2533) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Many thanks to erzengel for sharing! Pours a super dark brown with faint orange highlights and a loose dark tan head. The beer smells of big rich fruit, roast, char. The taste is rich, toasty, dark malts, fruit going into char and dryness on the end. Full bodies and having mild carbonation. A workout for the senses.
Erzengel (7324) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle bought at the Royal Oak. Intense plums and malt. Extreme thick and dense. Malt, dried plums. Very dry, hints of typical Stout-sourness. Burned, dry, roast. Not too much bitterness in the end, but a nice malt-bitterness from the roasted malt together with a bit of hops.
Long dry malty sticky deep aftertaste on the tongue. Fruit, burned malt, very dense! Fascinating!
bnokk (431) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2015
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(1999 and 2009 bottles in 2015) APPEARANCE-
(Both) pitch black. (’99) no head, carbonation is about gone. Fairly thick, and a lot of sediment on the side of the glass when I swirl it. (’09) light carbonation.
(’99) robust scent lacking any sweetness, with notes balancing between alcohol and vinegar. (’09) hardly any scent.
FLAVOR- (’99) extremely dark/robust flavor that I can’t put my finger on. My friend suggested pipe tobacco... maybe. (’09) slow to build, especially compared to the ’99, but it’s growing on me. Tiny bit of anise peeks through the complex and robust flavors.
Perhpas I should have tried it within one year. The complexity of the really old beer intreagues me, but I’m probably not going to seek more of newer vintages out soon.