RichTheVillan (1910) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2010 vintage 275 ml bottle; dark brown pour, glorious velvet like tan full bodied head, rich coffee chocolate aroma, taste is like heaven, amazing balance of rich malts chocolate and coffee, slight smokiness, carbonation is just about perfect with a real slick mouth feel, this English beer lives up to the deseved hype.
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Scopey. 2010 version. Cheers Paul. A thick Black almost oily pour with a tiny Dark Brown head. The nose is pretty vinoes with heavy wooden notes. Choco-chips and mild vanilla notes adds to the sweet side. Brown sugar and a touch of Highland whisky. The mouthfeel is both creamy and oily. Lovely. The taste is clearly like a traditionel imp. Stout with fine salty notes and impressions of oily riggs, hardly roasted coffee and brown real toffees, caufing medicine topped with a deep malty and roasty bitter feeling. A finish that is long with a picking attitude from the alcohol. This is a beauty. Would love to have a few of This one in my celler.
pushkinwow (1805) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
250ml bottle 2009 sent by Agnst in Secret Santa - huge thanks as this has been a big want for a while and so happy to get to try this. Pours a viscous black with a thin brown covering that ends up as a ring around the glass and a puddle in the middle; yet with a small swirl a gorgeous creamy head quickly appears. Charred malt, chocolate, anise, tobacco, some dark berries, bit of campfire smoke. Moderate to low carbonation with a full body, more dark and somewhat overripe fruit, sherry, becomes very dry, tangy fruity malt. Very happy to have tried this one.
HenrikO (27) - London, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Old tick. Sugar and dark fruit on the nose, continues in the mouth. Plum pudding, molasses, dried fruit, dark berries, hint of spice. Oily mouthfeel, hardly any carbonation. Good but I found it a bit one-note, to be honest.
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zimbo (465) - SCOTLAND - JAN 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Maybe a bit too thick. Medicinal. Dry heat. Sappy treacly cake. Still young. Needs lots more time. Two years at least.
Theydon_Bois (6429) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home (post ChrisO Xmas tasting - to wash away my sins, because Iím worth it etc etc ... thanks to Craig Garvie) 30/12/12 2010 Vintage.
Pitch black with a thin tan head that soon dissipates to nyadda, small puddles cling on to seek attention!
Nose is dark malts, dark fruits, molasses, treacle toffee, dark sugars, leather, tar. touch of burnt toffee.
Taste comprises rich full on roast malt, dark fruits, light smoke, prunes, dates, raisens, wood, dark treacle toffee (Bonfire night 1980ís school boy stylee), dark bitter chocolate, molasses.
Full bodied, minimal fine carbonation, smooth as, sweet, boozey, roasty finish,
Great complex dark fruit infused imperial stout. Well balanced and boozey.
Plovmand (6122) - Helsinge, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle traded with Nightfall. 2009 edition. Thanks! Pours opaque black with a creamy brown head. The aroma is sweet hard roasted malt, ripe fruit, tobacco, light tar and charcoal. Intense roasted malty flavour. Chocolate, tar, soy, burned wood, tobacco and ripe fruit in the flavour. This is very very good! Im glad I finally had the chance to taste it. Thanks Alex.
Nocturne (603) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
275ml bottle, 2009 vintage. Forms a short brown head upon pouring. The aroma is dominated by a sherry-like fruitiness with chocolate malt and wisps of smoke. Itís seductive and understated, although quite unlike the majority of imperial stouts, so it takes some getting used to. Rich, oily and decadent mouthfeel with a nice blend of chocolate, coffee and dark fruit. A little lacking in the taste department compared to the aroma but still very tasty. Some moderate heat and more sherry notes as it finishes. A really nice and different imperial stout that has definitely taken on a new dimension thanks to the barrel treatment.
theSlipperyPen (230) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours severe black with a dark brown head. Aromas of oak and whiskey dominate throughout, but thereís a complexity here of ash and leather, chocolate and vanilla and port-like malts. In the mouth itís sensuous and boozey, with a nuttiness added to the whiskey and bitter element. The mouthfeel is stunning - so thick and velvety. Finishes with a bitter chocolate and oak. Wonderful beer. A real showstopper.
GothGargoyle (892) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle of the 2006, thanks to fonefan. Pours black with a minimal beige head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, wood, leather, soy sauce, dates. Slick and oily mouthfeel, no noticeable carbonation, sweet on the palate with an umami and slightly warming finish. Taste is tiramisu, molasses, dates, figs, chocolate and vanilla.