Leighton (18700) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the ChrisO Flags of Many Nations Easter Tasting - London. Big thanks to K-Bird for this impy stout. Pours oily black with a fine, light brown cream head. Charred-roasted malt nose, some burnt marshmallow. Medium to big sweet flavor with cocoa, moderate roast, faint raisins and other dark fruits, light alcohol, char. Medium to full bodied with average, creamy carbonation. Warming finish with further charred malts, light burnt meat, dark chocolate, burnt earth bitterness, dark sugars. Nice.
Bule (1854) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a dark black color with a thick brown head. Good well balanced hop, roasted malt with some sweetness. Not too bitter.
blutt59 (6511) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, shared at bu11zeye tasting, dark brown pour , has a lot of waffles, chocolate malted milk balls,going on, nice finish
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, thick oil black pour with brownie, dark chocolate colored head, nice looking, thin and lacing. Aroma brought big notes of baker’s chocolate, espresso, green coffee bean, slight dark fruits, plums, figs, hints of a slight anise note in there as well, slight touch of roast. Taste is a mix of dark chocolate, espresso, astringent coffee, bitter roast moving into slight dark fruits, anise, very slight molasses note, finishing fairly bitter, dry, more bitter chocolate. Very nicely done.
budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark with a ring of tan foam. Aroma is roasted chocolate and toasted malt. Taste is soy sauce, chocolate, roasted malt, and licorice. Light to medium body. Decent.
Chrishrt30 (102) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deepest dark brown, almost black. A mocha head which dissipates quickly to leave a brown ring of lace.
Probably served too cold, but strong aromas of plum, aniseed and coffee bean.
Thick and milky, strong strong dark chocolate and coffee bean bitterness. Christmas cake fruits, plum, raisin and brown sugar, this is a real treat of a stout. The alcohol is warming, but not unpleasant, it lets you know it's there.
The finish is warm and bitter, the thick milky body coats the mouth and leaves you wanting more
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
dwyerpg (5673) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 8, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I absolutely loved this. Looks great, has a thick black color with dark tan head. The flavor is chewy and thick, yet it doesn’t make you feel fat. I could drink this all the time. A home run.
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - MAY 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with thin tan head and some lace. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, dark coffee, taste follows suit with aroma well and alcohol peeks through as it warms. lively carbonation, sticky finish
ALLOVATE (2911) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 7, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cellar temperature and into a snifter. Appearance of used motor oil. Muddy brown-trimmed black with no head. Smoky and peaty is the initial waft from the glass. Nuances of Bovril, kelp, cocoa powder, dank weeds, leather and topsoil fill it out, giving a uniqueness. Sticky, sweet and rounded on the palate. Rich, caramelised and burnt sugars, charred stonefruit, leather, bitter dark chocolate and bonfire ash sum it up nicely. Carbonation is prickly, the finish oily and viscous. Not huge in body but it is definitely well rounded. The burnt malt notes dominate the palate giving it a hefty bitterness that lasts long between each sip. A little cloying by the end. Alcohol is masked way to well which is a shame as it does need that warmth. Overall it is an Impy and that is all. Average! (12fl.Oz., no date stamp, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
daleharshman (1045) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle bought a year ago at Bine & Vine ($3.49). First rating for this local brewery. Pours pitch black with one finger of quite dark brown foam. Aroma of grainy roasted malts, lots of dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted nuts, and coffee. Flavor of creamy but bittersweet chocolate, smoky dark roasted malts, fudge, rich caramel, vanilla marshmallow, some dark sticky fruit, and moderate roast coffee. Smooth and surprisingly soft on the palate for such a big beer. The high ABV is completely hidden. Quite a good rendition of the style...I think the year of aging helped, too. (168, 789)