uhre (384) - - JUN 25, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of caramel and also prunes. There is not head, but very thick. The flavor is full of prunes and alcohol.
tombyars (1579) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JUL 4, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted this at the Glasgow Real Ale Festival on the 24th June 2016. Cask, handpump dispense. Dull black in colour with a dark tan head which faded fast. Strong, vinous malty aroma with sweet sherry notes long on the nose. Thin but creamy mouthfeel and very poor lacing. Strong whack of complex dark malts deliver a smooth fruitloaf base. Expecting the traditional notes of coffee, treacle, liquorice and dark chocolate in this Imperial Stout but was completely thrown by this. Instead you have an intense, strong and sweet flavour of fruit with dates, raisins and sultanas very much in evidence. Struggling to find any evidence of hop resin in the aftertaste as malt completely dominates through to the finish. Strong imposing notes of Port come through in the mouth, giving warming booze notes laced with fermenting fruit. Thought this tasted far more like an Old Ale in style than an Imperial Stout. This was beer of the festival for me and was highly popular as it quickly ran out that night. Highly recommended.
ianwelby (1039) - 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 (1386) - 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 (2375) - 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 (2513) - 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 (708) - 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 (6885) - 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 (6) - 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 (2566) - 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 (7384) - 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!