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


on tap

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RATINGS: 404   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Bottle; Unfiltered.

onystrom's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onystrom (1321) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, - DEC 3, 2011
2008 edition. Courtesy of Torben Mathews. I had a whole bottle to myself :-) Black color with almost no head. Very rich flavor with dark chocolate and licorice. A hint of whisky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (7859) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Bottle at Dadís for the half marathon tasting (thanks Leighton!). Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Big roast, huge cocoa, chocolate, warm wood. Long smokey roast, warm chocolate. Long chocolate, roast, cocoa.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ctipping (214) - Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2015
275 mL bottle to a Kate the Great snifter. 2009 vintage, brewed 11/16/2009 (a), whatever the (a) means. Huge thanks to Paul for this bottle. Viscous looking black with almost no bubbles until I begin to pour into the glass vertically. A mocha ring around the beer with some lovely legs. Easily one of the most compelling stouts Iíve ever smelled. Chocolate malt and probably the two most dominant aromas, but dark fruits pierce through with oak and a slight smokiness that adds an earthy complexity that is just wonderful. Perhaps the nose was a high standard to set. It lacks a bit of the refinement of the aroma. Oak immediately permeates a dark chocolate flavor that becomes bitter and smokey as it lingers. The oak dominates the aftertaste, giving it a slight astringent and vinous character. I feel itís a touch thin. Maybe the oak makes it feel that way. Low carbonation helps simulate some body. It would be unfair to say I was let down by the taste, but it just smells so wonderful. The flavors are all there in the taste, but at different proportions from the aroma. If it lived up to the nose, it would be one of the best stouts out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steasy66 (1086) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Black, small tan head. 2009 side by side with 2012. Boozy bourbon aroma. Coats my mouth with chocolate, bourbon, and a hint of licorice. 12 has much higher carbonation, more licorice. Very nice,.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drsandman (611) - New York, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Big thanks to Leighton. Pours a deep brown black, med brown head. Aroma is deep sweet malt, bourbon, raisin, prune, chocolate, cocoa nib. Flavor is big smooth bourbon chocolate cake, prune and dark fruits, big sweet. Full body, exceptionally smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zakoon (238) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2015
275ml bottle enjoyed @ home, 2011 vintage thanks to cgarvieuk. Pours deep brown almost black with a small brown head. Aroma is oak, dark fruits, coffee, roasted malt, leather, chocolate and vanilla. Flavour is sweet, slightly bitter with some woody tannin. Full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation. Finish is dry and woody.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (13227) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 25, 2015
Bottle @ home. Thanks Bobby and Colin. Deep black color with a khaki head. A whole or roast, cocoa, and licorice. Some oak, soy, and a lot of red grape. Big time fruits. Flavor is a little on the sweet and fruity side. Cocoa, licorice, and grape jelly on the tongue. Nice burnt sugar on the palate. Pretty enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
reggiedunlop (3449) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2015
Black pour with a thin and tight mocha head. Awesome rich oakiness with notes of vanilla and toasted coconut that blend beautifully with mild dark fruits, subtle coffee, brown sugar and toffee. The roastiness and touches of smoke and tannins keep this from getting too sweet. Amazing creamy and silky mouthfeel. Truly one of the best Imperial Stouts Ive tasted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (2233) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2015
2012 - dark brown pour slight tan head dark fruit aroma slight heat in the taste. Itís a bit abrasive. Euro stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (1574) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2015
Bottle shared thanks to artmcd8. Poured almost black cola with light ring of beige. Aroma sweet dark fruit currant. Light carb med bod. Taste complex sweet fruit euro stout some wood tannic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stravale (2495) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - MAR 15, 2015
Bottle from Eebria [050214]
Pitch black, large tan head, some lacing
Aroma of rich deep dark malts, savoury soy, oak wood, leather, smooth deep mellow roast, complex, tad of dark fruits, woody
Taste of very rich dark malts, deep mellow roast, savoury notes, very oaky, dark chocolate, tar, complex, very savoury, yeast, too oaky for me
Palate - Full body, fairly sweet, alcohol a bit noticeable. Finish as main flavour, lingering rich dark malts, lots of oak
Overall - Well I tried it at last...very rich and complex but its too oaky and woody - and Iím not that keen on that oaky flavour - its a bit astringent. I prefer the plain GKH - itís more drinkable. Maybe other years are better. Going on this year alone itís not the best UK impy. I ordered 2 bottles and came to the same conclusion with both.

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