chinchill (1018) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Oak aged, bottle conditioned Imperial stout hand bottled on 11 Sept. 2012.
Poured nearly black with a durable head. The glass is nicely coated upon tilting.
Aroma: wild ale with coffee and toasted grains.
Taste: an off(?) sour note; rich and complex; coffee and funk, anong other flavors.
Scopey (4617) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Bruceís, thanks to jackl. It pours very dark brown with a bubbly beige head. The nose is rather restrained, wood, earth, light roast, dull chocolate and cola bottles sweets. The taste is roasted malt, toast, earth, wood, faint smoke, medicinal, burnt notes and dull ash with a very dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Not a whole lot of depth to it. So-so.
maneliquor (2284) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Jackís farewell at Bruceís. Pours chestnut brown, a touch darker even, with a light tan rim of a head giving away some spotty lacing. Nose is heavy on the bitter coffee beans with some light tangy fruits - orange & tangerine. Tangy fruits not coming through overly in the taste - focuses more on mocha drive to it with additions of bread, light spice and some burnt/ashy tones. Quite thin on the palate with some sharp bitterness. Not bad but nothing special
jackl (3476) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Bruceís. The pourís deep brown with a small head. The nose is charred wood, roast, some ash, dark chocolate. The taste is rich roast, vanilla, german chocolate cake. Full body, oily, soft carbonation. Overall, OK.
Leighton (8685) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Bruceís during The first stop of Jackís Farewell - big thanks to Jack. Pours mostly clear, dark brown with a frothy tan head. Nose holds some lightly tangy, dried and burnt wood, hints of bitter cocoa, mild roast. Medium sweet flavor, fairly dry, dirt, roast, burnt wood, modest alcohol bump, some tangy berries. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming finish, further tangy dry wood, some oily chocolate, light bitter earth. Very nice beer. Good nuance here.
jamestulloch (829) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Chocolate ice cream, vanilla, Marmite, ash, bubblegum and plum.
Appearance: Dense black body with a massive tan head that holds really well. Excellent lacing.
Taste: Very tangy. Hints of smoke, wet wood and stone fruits. Itís really smooth - no harshness at all.
Palate: Medium body with a very oily mouthfeel. Soft carbonation.
Overall: A rich, boozy, complex Imperial Stout.
Ungstrup (27689) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at ACBF 2012. A dark brown beer with only minimal head. The aroma has notes of chocolate, malt, bread, and hops. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, chocolate, bread, and hops, leading to a bitter finish.
worldbeertaste (1365) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Solid black and I mean black tha no light can penetrate. Thick creamy lasting thick tan head. Smells of deep roast, chocolate and coffee. Rather medium oily thin body. Taste of roast that fills the mouth and lasts. Coffee, liquorish and chocolate. Sweet treacle and dark fruit. It is incredibly good but unfortunatly the alcohol feels clearly preasent. Needs a year or two of maturing an it would be one of the best beers in the world.
realalechamp (41) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Had on hand pump at Pivni. What a fine dark ale. It has rich roasts, chocolate, and coffee: everything a strong dark ale should be. I would perhaps prefer more thickness to the body, but otherwise this is sensational. Rumour has it more Hawkshead ales are coming to Pivni. I canít wait!
medallaisla (91) - PUERTO RICO - AUG 11, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Jet black with a tan lasting head.
Aroma: Lots of roasted malts and dark fruits and some hops.
The taste is quite similar to the aroma, with some sweet carob/cocoa. Itís no wonder this is one of the hottest breweries in the UK at present.