BlackHaddock (6090) - Shropshire, - NOV 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle with a best before date of May 2013: poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 7th Nov 2012.
Really, really black, we are talking jet here: the full, rich head was a dark tanned foam blanket that trapped the beer in the glass.
The aroma is one of burnt toast and over roasted malt loaves, both of which have been dipped in strong black coffee.
The taste is full on roasted malts: semi-bitter and sharp but with a smooth body feel and some dark chocolate notes to calm everything down a little. Most enjoyable, this brewery is growing on me.
SarkyNorthener (3923) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask@st Matthews Hall, Walsall. Black beer with medium tan head and decent lacing. Aroma of roast malts and light chocolate. Taste is burnt malts, bitter coffee, chocolate and dark fruits. Medium bodied. Very good.
Towey1989 (1662) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at The Green Dragon, Leek (JDW) A deep brown to black colour with a frothy tan head. Aroma of raisin, sultana, liquorice, some coffee, slight roasted malts, a little chocolate and subtle spicy blackberry. Taste of raisin, sultana, other dark fruits, liquorice, roasted malts, some coffee, slight chocolate, a little black pepper, weird leathery taste and subtle herbal hops. Full bodied and an oily texture. A dry, leathery, dark fruit bitterness in the finish. Quite a boozy stout, very fruity. Subtle roastiness and hop too. Not sure if I like it or not. May have to try again somewhere else.
zacgillbanks (4233) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. This is an inky black beer that pours with no head. It has a rich liquorice and chocolate flavour, nutty and coffee notes followed by ginger and blackberry on the roasted finish. Excellent!
minutemat (4039) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from Beer Me Up Scotty, Shrewsbury. Pours dark. Nice thick liquorice malt nose. Taste continues with leather, earth and coffee coming through. Not bad.
Vighals (2932) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - MAR 29, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Svart fingerhøyt beige skum. Lukter kaffe, jord, pepper og sjokolade. Smaker bitter mørk sjokolade og kakaopulver, søtlig brunt sukker.
olsvammel (5722) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the distributor (Best of Midlands). Dark toasted smell with dark chocolate, coffee and roasted bread. Similar taste with a touch of caramel. Rounded flavours and easy to drink. Low carbonation. Nice beer, not really an imperial stout though as the sticker says but nothing I put into the score.
VictorStr (1740) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flaska 500 ml (Best of Midlands - Winter edition. Från Systembolaget). Mörka toner, chocklad och kaffe i aromen. Bra balans i smaken, del besk. Kroppen är fantastiskt bra för ABVn.
mzaar (2705) - Varberg, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaska 500 ml (Best of Midlands - Winter edition. Från Systembolaget). Svart öl med ett moccafärgat skum, som snart lägger sig. Dofter av kaffe, kakao, lakrits och läder. Smakinslag av kaffe, peppar, aska och lakrits. Medel mot stor kropp. En mycket bra stout.
DanielBrown (4353) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Wellington, Birmingham. Really pleasant. Viscous, leathery stout. Gently warming. Balanced, light, but earthy. Some oil.
ABT_S54 (352) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500cl bottle shared in a Leffe glass. Pours black with a light beige coloured head which last longer than most. Aroma is quite powerful with dark fruit notes hitting first. Taste is more of the same with quite a sour black cherry note to it which compliments the richness of the other flavours. Really quite complex with the amount of flavours however, less balanced than the Belgian/American counterparts. Mouthfeel is really very god particularly considering the ABV is "only" 6.66% - which in IMperial Stout terms is about as low as I have tried. One of the better English beers I have tried.