GenDV138 (5503) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (2011) during the hotel lobby share after the RBWG 2015 bus tour. Dark brownish black with tan head. Aromas of caramel, spice, chocolate, dark fruit. Tastes of chocolate, roast. Medium-light body with a dry finish.
stoutnick (824) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle in trade (thanks Erik!). Black with no head. Aroma is phenomenal - rich sweet tobacco, stewed dark fruits, mild aromatic anise. Taste is perfect balance of sweet and savoury - dark fruits, molasses, mild soy sauce, little oxidised but works for it; mild charred barrel, some easygoing port qualities coming through (it’s still beer people!). Medium carbonation on the palate but not full bodied. Overall, great beer - was expecting something totally overhyped in the usual British beer tradition, but they nailed it!
rdixon77 (2136) - Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at RBWG post-grand tasting. Last beer of the night…probably didn’t give it the respect it deserved. Black pour. Extremely rich. Boozy, ashy, dark chocolate, sweet chocolate, leathery. Excellent.
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted during RBWG post-grand tasting shit-show hotel-tasting. Small bottle. Black color. Minimal off-white head. Bits of lace. Bigger body. Kind of slick. Light carbonation. Bigger roast malt, some dark fruit. Bigger sweet taste, lighter bitter. Mild heat. A pretty solid english imperial stout.
djd07 (8778) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 bottle thanks to Colin! Pours a black with small beige head. The aroma is oak, cocoa, booze, ash, char. Medium mouth, nice roast, char, light bourbon, smoke finish, very impressive.
MrTipple (3099) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: intense chocolate, dark cacao, sweet, ripe berries, black forest cake. Appearance: black, no head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: dark chocolate continues, very sweet, cacao, very light coffee, soft carbonation, full body. Overall: exceptional Imperial Stout, chocolate flavours in aroma and palate are remarkable. Bottle from the brewery via Eebria, Diss.
hackobock (3213) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
January 31, 2015. Bottle at home,vintage 2012. Received in a trade with Beersiveknown, thanks Steve!
Black with a very small brown head quickly dissipating. Aroma is dominated by wet oak with chocolate, soy, vanilla, licorice, dark fruits and hints of peat in the background. Taste is medium sweet with dark fruits, vanilla notes, bitter chocolate, salty soy and licorice notes. The wet oak notes takes over in the finish. Medium to full bodied, average carbonation. Too heavy on the oak treatment.
fletchfighters (1383) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
273 ML bottle
Thanks to Owen for sharing this.
Motor oil black, thick and vicious, dark leather head, good retention before falling to a collar. No lacing.
Nose is Toasted oak, toasted vanilla, dark fruits, chocolate marshmallow, fudge, ash, burnt rubber, and roasted malts. Oak is very in your face.
Taste is lots of dry, toasted oak, toasted vanilla, dark fruits, ash, tires, burnt malts, leather, fudge and marshmallow. Very drinkable though. Hides the ABV well.
Massive Oak bomb and the character from the barrel. Quite drinkable though. Prefer the Regular version just a tad bit more but this is excellent
CraftBeerNick (1774) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home, 20th December 14. 2012 Vintage, this poured a surprising large head, the beer is black. The aroma gives ash, some barrel, liquorice, leather, good. Taste is smooth, and the palate perfect, plenty of the oak comes through, and the taste is ashy, slightly smokey, leather. Very good and far superior to the un aged version. Will save the other bottles for a few years.
chimpgibbon (531) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2012 bottle. Lovely rich, viscous pour with smallish tan head. Oak, dark berries, cocoa, boozy richness. Hint of coffee. Vanilla, oaky mellow choccy. Smoother than any other stout ice had apart from maybe Speedway. As good as I’d imagined.