Brewed by Marble
Style: Imperial Stout
Manchester, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
Bottled; Occasional.
Originally brewed at 8.2% in 2007 (released in 2008) to celebrate the brewery’s 10th anniversary. Brewed again in 2009 at 8.7% and with slight differences in the ingredients, but it is essentially the same beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13616) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Bottle 750 c&c shared by Marcus. Pours dark brown/black with a slight transient dark tan head. Aroma is smoky, mildly fruity with mildly oaky, smooth burnt malt. Med body. Flavor is mild fruit, wood, smoke, dark malt. A very laid back IS. Quite nice. Subtle is the word.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (13278) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose and taste of roast chocolate malt, cocoa, vanilla, dark fruits, slight sherry oxidation and coffee roast. Touch of molasses. Medium body. Well balanced. Subtle oxidation actually plays well with this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (12554) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2010 Black with a lasting light brown head. Aroma is both roast malt and dried fruit, with a hint of wood and smoke. Semi sweet and very roast flavour, with a bunch of hops, and a slightly burnt finish. Very well balanced and drinkable.

Cask at Borefts Beer Festival 2010: Enough dry hopping to make it borderline Black IPA. Also a 4.1 in this delicious version

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (12378) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2011
Sampled at Borefts Beer Festival @ De Molen, Bodegraven. Pitch black, opaque color, small off-white head. Smell hops and smoke. Taste bitterness and hops: fantastic! Good balance, medium carbonation, medium to full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (11949) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2010
Cask @ BBF 2010. 2009 version. Deep dark brown color. Dried fruit, chocolate in the aroma. Roastflavor with loads of dark chocolate, but also earthy and fruity hops. Long earthy hopbitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11881) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2008
Bottle @ the RBESG08 Grand Tasting.
Pours deep black with a small, creamy, dark-beige head. Aroma is sweet, vinious and good roasted. Low carbonation, nice creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is good, though a bit one-sided, some yeast, roasted malts, dark chocolate. Feels a bit sharp and unbalanced overall - still good though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (11561) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2012
Cask at IndyManBeerCon, 2012. It pours opaque black, with a medium tan head. The nose is roasted malt, spice, plum, raisin, currant, treacle, light tanginess, toast and saltiness. The taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, cherry, raisin, plum, sour fruitiness, varnish, toast, subtle balsamic vinegar, saltiness, spice and umami aspect, with a bitter-sweet finish. Full body and soft carbonation. Smooth, complex and well-balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (11117) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 9, 2008
(6/29/08) Bottle sample at RBESG08 grand tasting in Plzen. Black-colored. Aroma of roasted malt and quite a lot of hops with some citrus notes. Flavor starts a bit sweetish and malty and finishes with a lot of juicy hoppiness. Medium to full-bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (10703) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2013
Half pint, as Decadence Imperial Russian Stout 8,4 % abv., poured from cask at the Marble Arch Inn. Cream-like, tan-colured head. Fragile lacing. Devil-black body. Mocha chocolate to the nose. Fine taste character of cocoa, plums, and woody vanilla. Lingering bittersweet finish with warming alcohol. Velvety mouthfeel. Full bodied. Enjoying sipper (Manchester, 27.01.2013).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2008
Bottle… Thinkin’ ‘Bout Thirteen Hours O’ Drinkin’ (tew man wrecking crew)This beer rocks!… Midnight black ale with a frothy, brown head. Excellent retention. Fruity, chocolaty aroma. Notes of blueberry or blackberry. Medium to full-bodied with a 2%-milk mouthfeel. Bitter, burnt and acidic. Charcoal and tart berries. Mostly burnt and bitter finish with plenty of tartness thrown in. Huge THANKS to Magic_dave6 for shipping this beauty across the pond!

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