Brewed by Old Chimneys
Style: Imperial Stout
Diss, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 426   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Bottle; Unfiltered.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - APR 5, 2010
Miniature bottle courtesy of nimbleprop. Pours almost pitch black with a thin, deep brown head. Aroma is full of oak, resin, sap, peat, sherry, almost Bordeaux. Taste is acidic, red wine, sherry, hot alcohol, sour fruits. Nice deviation from the norm.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bullit (4460) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAR 17, 2010
Bottle, courtesy of Cgarvieuk. Much appreciated! Black colour, tan head. Massive nose of roasted malts, raisins and fruits, vanilla. Flavour of roasted malts, sour fruits, raisins, plums. Well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - MAR 16, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2011 RBESG Sheffield 2009 Grand Tasting at the Harlequin. Vintage 2006. I was more than happy to bring 2 bottles to the Grand tasting since i had a few spare. Pitch black with no head at all. Wonderful aroma dominated by coffee, caramel, raisins, prunes and alcohol notes. Full bodied with roasted malt flavors, ripe fruit, some port. Very complex and tasty. I could drink this every day !

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
planky84 (2876) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2010
Right, the correct ambience and surroundings are nicely in place. The wife and littleun are away for the night. The lights are dimmed in my back bar, mellow tunes are permeating the room. The scene is set, the best beer in Britain deserves the utmost respect.Ok, let’s get this bastard open! Blacker than night pour with no head. My word, the nose from this one can be sniffed from the other side of the room! What an aroma! Dark chocolate, coffee, wood, very peaty, caramel, roasted malts, rose petals, banana, toffee. Quite an oily texture. Rich, warming flavours of burnt caramel, full on dark chocolate, coffee notes, toffee, caramel, quite vinous. The barrel aging shines through in this one like a thousand supernovas. Peaty, dry mouthfeel. Very pleasing, warming effect. Exceedingly complex brew. Decided to drink this ’young’ and am extremely impressed with the results. Huge alcohol burn in the finish, warms the throat and reaches right down into the recesses of the body gently massaging every conceivable orafice. Wonderful beer! Deserves it’s praise.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maria (10213) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 24, 2010
Courtesy of Cgarvieuk, thanks Craig! It’s a vintage 2005. The color is pitch black and it has a small, dark brown and creamy head. The aroma has notes of oak, roasted malt, licorice, dark fruits, berries and vanilla. The mouthfeel is nice and oily. The flavour has a light sweetness and notes of roasted malt, oak, vanilla, licorice, light soy sauce, dark fruits, berries and the finish is dry with a lot of licorice. It’s a very harmonic and nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2010
275 ml bottle, 2006. My 1500th rating! Dark brown with a tan splotch. Nose is fudge brownie, oak and plum. Soft and creamy medium body with a whisper of carb. Taste is bittersweet chocolate, a touch of molasses, mocha and sherry. Zesty citrus juice, lightly sweet sour, adds some balance. Alcohol barely noticeable; more apparent in the aroma. Lingering oak, coconut and peel. A great stout that doesn’t overwhelm. Quite impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
asheft (2989) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2010
[bottle @ RBESG 2009, Grand Tasting] Sweet black molasses aroma with some burnt almond and vanilla. Oily black with no top. Slightly salty, smooth, velvety molasses flavour with sweet pumpernickel and not a lick of ethanol. Thick body and sweet but not cloying; low carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2009
2007 bottle. Pours a dark, rich black-brown colour from which no light may escape. Nearly flat on the pour with a hint of brown head. Crazy strong aroma of bourbon and oak with rock sugar and vanilla. This may be the finest stout aroma I have ever experienced. The flavour is well balanced with lighter vanilla bourbon, green grapes, milk chocolate, and some nice roasted malt and earthy hops to finish. As much as I do enjoy the flavour, it is just a touch thin for the style. However, I am amazed at how well the alcohol is concealed and the balance between sweet and sour flavours. A very fine brew that is a real pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Bottle of the 2007. Black pour with little head. Dense, multi-layered aroma of smoke, dark chocolate liqueur, whiskey, vanilla, espresso and charcoal. Flavor is very lightly sweet, surprisingly dry, really, and not quite as multi-dimensional. Hints of scotch, charcoal, dried licorice root. Elegant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rodders (137) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2009
One of the darkest beers I’ve ever seen with no head, thick and rich looking. Big Rich vine smell some roast malt and alchohol too. Red fruit and some whisky. Very rich and fruity on the tongue, chocolately, strong coffee bitterness mixed with sweet red fruit and red wine. Some vanilla and alcohol warming. Excellent!

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