Beersiveknown (3052) - NORTHERN IRELAND - AUG 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home from alesela
Opaque dark brown with dense mocha brown head that hangs around. Plums and coffee on the nose. Some slight meaty umami and roasted barley notes. Full bodied but not heavy, high cocoa chocolate, touch of vanilla seguing intoroasty toasty barley and burnt blackberry crumble finish. Licorice. Low carbonation.
Beese (1905) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled at Fergus’ tasting on 26 July. Poured a thick black, with a thin white head. Big aroma of roasted malt, coffee and liquorice. Dark chocolate and burnt malt flavours, with some rich treacle. Nice, full mouth feel. Finish was espresso, tar, light smokiness and a little grassy hop.
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014-07-10. Black body modest tan head. 3+ Aroma is fruity, mild dark malt. Light alcohol. Flavour is fruity, bitter finish dark malt core, lingering herbal roast in finish. Bitterness grows on subsequent sips. Alcohol is restrained and mostly hidden by the bitterness. Average plus bodied palate, modest carbonation. Cask at Scottish Real Ale Festival
jamestulloch (1443) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Scottish Real Ale Festival 2014. Black body with a thin beige head. Aroma of rich chocolate and liqueur. Flavour of roasted malts, chocolate, a hint of smoke and a bitter, grassy finish. Medium body with a smooth texture. Quite bitter for an Imperial Stout, which I like.
Stuu666 (2838) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at SRAF. Pours black, nose is smoky, meaty, chocolate, taste is sweet and thin, dry, tablet, liquorice, chocolate, very bitter.
allmyvinyl (3601) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at The Scottish Real Ale Festival 2014. Pours black, no head. Aromas of coffee and chocolate, light raw booze. Taste brings some ash, charcoal, more coffee. Quite sweet. Seemed a bit fresh, but still good.
Stuartyboy (672) - SCOTLAND - JUL 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On cask @ SRAF 2014 a dark opquae ale spicy coffee aroma flavour is sweetffermented dark fruit coffee and dark chocolate sweet but bitter on finish
Scopey (7054) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Alesela. It pours jet black black with a thick dark tan head. The nose is rich roast, coffee, dark chocolate, mild acidity and a touch of tang. The taste is rich roast, coffee, earth, touch of spice, jammy fruit, salted caramel, some acidity, alcohol warmth and chocolate with a bitter-sweet finish. Full body, fine carbonation and velvety mouth-feel. Drinks well for the abv. Smooth and well balanced. Nice work.
Sockamania (43) - - JUL 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very dark beer, reasonable nice but not as nice as I would expect for a 10% beer to be.
stravale (2123) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - OCT 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask @ Benleva Hotel, Drum
Pitch black, bubbly dark tan head with some lacing
Aroma - soft dark roast malts, touch of chocolate, surprisingly light aroma, no alcohol at all
Taste - soft deep dark malts, rich dark chocolate malts, soft earthy malts, touch of dark berry fruits, very soft coffee, alcohol well hidden, quite complex, smooth flavour
Palate - very soft carb, medium to full body, powdery texture. Finish - rather dry, bit powdery with soft deep rich and quite sweet roasted chocolate malt....also some soft burnt earthy roast
Overall - Well made imperial stout - it’s not hard to drink for the abv