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Brewed by Old Chimneys
Style: Imperial Stout
Diss, England
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RATINGS: 425   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Bottle; Unfiltered.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
knickskicks (1143) - - JUL 20, 2012
2009 vintage. Pours jet black, no head. Aroma is a box of dark chocolate covered raisins, wood, leather. Taste is dark chocolate covered raspberries, vanilla, chilies in the finish. Drinks as smooth as satin. God bless this brewery.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dreamflower (763) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 24, 2013
Bottle shared with northropfrye. This is an absolutely fabulous beer. Pitch dark, with lots of woody bourbon aroma and lots of sweet flavour. One of my favourites!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SilverfoX (871) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2014
Aromas of chocolate, christmas pudding, bread, raisin, black cola like body hazy with a thin head, flavours of christmas pudding, plums, raisins, full body, thick feel. this is the best.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
glengroudle (1) - - AUG 18, 2014 does not count
I admit to being a fan of strong dark beers and this is the tops, Never, never, never drink this masterpiece chilled, drink at room temperature. For complete enjoyment, pour slowly into large jug in one pour leaving sediment behind, I know it will be hard but leave it for an hour, then pour into bulbous glass, I often use a Douglas Scotch Ale thistle glass. ENJOY. It may of course be kept for up to 10 years, can you leave it that long ???

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rood (82) - Borgerhout, BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2015
2012 bottle. Pours thick. In aroma a lot of cacao, brown sugar, muscovado. In taste beautiful sweet cacao, nice bitter from the black malts but like in a good espresso bitter, muscovado, minerals, salty, and a beautiful earthy flavour. No barrel effect perceived. The beer is beautifully balanced. Very very nice in palate, nice balance between sweet, salt, bitter and velvet mouthfeel. One of the best RIS I’ve drank ever ever. Thanks berntholer for sharing this great one.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cgarvieuk (21036) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 26, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2016 For my historical ratings see my wifes account sgarvieUK <br >the 2000 anniversary drunk 2013.... Deep brown... Thin tan head.. Soft roast... Deep roast.. Dark malts... Sweet toffee... Honey malts nose... Rich malts sweet toffee... Soft sweet toffee... Deep rich oxidation... Lightest soya... Dark malts... Complex and interesting 4.3 2011 ... deep black ... light head ...head dissappears .... soft sweet berries fruit nose ... big roast ... big berries ... deep roast ... fig and plums ... juicy roast malts ... soft sweet roast fruits little more alcohol ... softer smoother ... big oily body ... 4.6------- -2011 drunk 10/13... deepblack ... small tan head ... deep roasrt ... chocolate malts ... big berries ... big oak ... plums ...soft chocolate nose ... soft smooth chocolate ... light alcohol ... mellow chocolate ... plums and cherry chocolate ... mellow soft and smooth ... deep malts ... coffee .. its so deep rich roast but smooth ... cracking 4.7 ... loving it-- Bottle at Home 11/2013.... Hand laced with an Aji Limon ~6 weeks ago ... deep black ... and thin tan head .. not much less than a fresh bottle ...soft roast ... massive capsicum nose ... light meaty malts .. deep roast ... massive massive chilli ...im surprised how much its got a kick ... (more than my Aji Chilli sauce)... i have a non chilli bottle open but im nottasting much now... so gonna pass but the chilli one scores 4.4 man i love the burn Bottle at home ... Feb 2014 ... 2011 vintage .. deep black ... thin tan head ... soft meaty chocolate almost rum nose ... light meaty overtones nose ...dark malts ... sweet roast ... plums and figs ... light mellow malts ... ligth sweet malt ... soft toffee ... plums ...biog soft oak ,,, nice and soft .. quite a big oaky finish 4.6 Bottle at home ... March 5th .. deep black ... thin tan head ... soft dark roast .. plums and chocolate ...sweet berry chocolate bars ... dry oak nose ... big roast ... big berry fruits ... light roast body ... figgy ... rich roast ... chocolate ... soft oaky finish ... im noticing the oak much more this time havingh missed it in the regular just a few dayts ago 4.6 Bottles(may 2014) at home 2009 ... deep black .... thin tan lacing ... soft black currant roast ... dry chocolate ... roast nose ... dry chocolate ... big chocolate ... soft smooth malt ... big berry fruit ... very dry ... woody malts ... light dry cranberry dry fruit finish 4.1 2011... deep black ... thin tan lacing ... soft mellow malts ... soft chocolate no berry nose .. sweet malts ... socft chocolate .. big roast ... litght dry roast ... very soft ... very rich oak ... soft malt ... 4.6 bottle at home ... June 2014 ... 2011 bottle ... deep black ... thinest tan lacing ... soft blackcurrent roast ,.. dark malts ... dark roast ... chocolate roast ... soft smooth roast ... big mellow chocolatre ... I Love this beer. 4.8 bottle at home 2009 version drunk 2014 (june) .. deep black ... thin tan head ... soft roast ... big oak nose ... dark malts ... sweet fruits ... dark malts .. deep rich roast ... soft malt .. sweet blackcurrant fruits ... mellow fruits ... soft fruit roast 4.3 Bottle at home 2011 vintage, drunk july 2014...Deep black... Thin tan head... Dark roast... Dry sweet dark chocolate nose... Oily body... Actually quite slimmy mouthfeel... Dark chocolate... Very oaky... Very chocolate much more than other 11s... Light bovril... Light blackberry fruits... 4.0 Bottle at home 2011 vintage drunk july 2014 (same day as previous) no slimmy mouthfeel... Dark wood chocolate malts nose... Rich roast..big oak... Big chocolate... Dark malts... Deep chocolate 4.5 2011...drunk aug 14...deep black... Thin tan lacing... Dark berries... Big oaky woody nose... Sweet meaty malts... Dark berries roast... Massive malt... Big chocolate... Soft oak 4.6 2008...drunk aug 14...deep black... Thin tan lacing... Soft chocolate roast malts... Dry roast... Light plum... Woody roast.. Dark sweet chocolate roast 4.3 2011 vintage .. drunk sept 2014 ... deep black ... thin tan head ... dark chocolate roast ... dark malts ... dark roast ... chewy malts .. soft chocolate ... dark figgy malt roast ... heavy malts ... big chocolate ..... deep heavy malts .. dark roast ,.. dark malts... heavy roast ... nice soft malts .4.3 2011 vintage drunk oct13 2014 at bens... Deep black... Thin tan lacing... Massive soft berry blackcurrant chocolate nose... Dark roast... Soft chocolate... Dark roast... Dark malts... Soft sweet plummy chocolate... 4.3 Bottle at home Oct 14 2014 days later 2008 Vintage... Damn ratebeer app managed to overwrite that one... but it was cracking and i gave it 4.6.. very oaky as i remember. most depressed that i lost the info 05 Drunk 17/10/14 ... deep black .. thin tan lacing...soft oaky woody ...big berry ... soft sherry nose .. dark roast ... oaky woods ... light cardboard tones ... soft blackcurrant fruits ...ligth berry fruit .. again light shrry ... but definite big oxidiesed 4.2 07 Drunk 17/10/14... deep black .. almost no lcaing...dark soft wood ... open chocolatey nose ..dark malts ... dark roast ... dark chocolate ... dark malts ... soft roast ... dark soft sweet ... 4.7 12 Drunk 17/10/14... Deep black ... small tan head ...intense oaky chocolate ... very open oaky fruits nose... light fizz .. dark woddy oak malts ... soft chocolate ... light licorice maltss ... soft roast ... fuller body... rich figgy malts ... massive oak ... 4.4 3 year blend ... 17/10/14 ... Deep black .. thin tan lacing ... soft berry oak fruit nose ... dark roast .. dark fruits ... berry fruits... dark roaky roast ... dark malts .. dark chocolate ... woody malts ... deep roast 4.7 rest of bottle after using in Christmas cake and aji sauce...2011 version... Deep black thin tan lacing... Soft dark meaty roast malts nose... Mellow oak chocolate.. Dark roast.. Rich malt... Soft oak.. Soft body.. With light carbonation... Nice 4.7 Bottle at home 2012 vintage drunk 31/12....deep black .. bit tan head ... colapsing to thin tan lacing ... massive oak (having had normal yesterday oak is so apparent ) soft chocolate roast nose ... again massive oak .... wow suck oak .. dark roast ... light sweet chcolate roast .. i think i really like the extra oakyness... dark fruits ... 4.7 bottle at home blind Number 6 Bottle 1... dark black ... thin tan lacing ... dark roast chocolate malt .. light blackcurrnt roast ...soft chocolate mats ... dark berries ... dark chcolate nose ... soft malt s.. meaty malts ... osft roast ... silky body ... soft sweet chocolate roast... dark malt roast ... id have said the henry but not the resrve ... 4.3 not getting much oak Bottle at home 2011 drunk oct 2015.. To celebrate ordering 2013 version... Dark black... Thin tan lacing.. Soft meaty.. Big big oak.. Dark chocolate roast malts nose... Big oak woody malts.. Soft sweet woody chocolate.. Meaty malts... Big woody malts 4.4 Bottle at home... The first of the 2013.. Drunk 23 Oct 15....dark chocolate... Small tan head... Soft dark chocolate.. Big oak.. Big chocolate roast malts nose... Dark malts.. Dark chocolate.. Dark roast.. Big chocolate... Long soft oak... Soft mellow chocolate roast .. Light dry chocolate roast.....4.5 Followed by an 2012...dark black... Thin tan lacing... Dark berries.. Soft oak... Soft sweet plum chocolate roast nose... Dark roast chocolate roast malts... Dark sweet malts fruits... 4.7 Bottle at home Feb 2016 ... 2011 Vintage ... drunk after being interviewed about it ... Dark black ... small tan head ... massive oak ... big chocolate roast malt nose ... soft woody chocolate rost malt ... light pine ... big oaky wood ... dry roast ... raisins .. dark chocolate roast ... long oaky finish 4.5 Botttle at home 1 Day later Feb 2015 ... 2013 vintage ... dark black ... thin tan lacing .. massive woody oak roast malt nose ...low carbonation .. full rounded mouth feel.... deep rich chocolate malts ... soft oak ... mellow dark chocolate ... darlk fruit roast ... sweet chocolate malts ..nice full rich roast 4.6 Bottle at home ... 2012 vintage ... july 2016 ... dark black ... thick tan head .. soft mellow oaky roast chocolate malts .. dark roast chocolate malt ... rich roast ... heavy malts ... big soft oak ... oh yeh babby its GKHR for the Win 4.6Bottle at home 2011 vintage ... july 2016(~week later) dark black ... thin tan head .. soft rich chocolate oak roast malt nose ... dark fruit .. soft juicy roast malt ... big soft chocolate .. mellow oak woody malts .. rich chocolate 4.7 This really is one of my FAV beersBottle at home ... 2012 vintage ... july 7th 2016 ... Daark Black ... thin tan head .. dark oaky chocolate roast... soft toffee chocolate nose .. carbonation on this one a bit light...dark chocolate .. very berries roast malt .. rich chocolate .. massive oak roast 4.4 .. this bottle just doesnt seem tohave held up as well as last weeks 2012


Bottles at fins August 2016 05 - dark black.. Thin tan lacing... Dark rich chocolate roast malts nose... Dark soya... Rich chocolate... Light thin.. Soft fruits bitter odd thin body 3.8 06 - dark black.. No lacing... Rich sweet chocolate roast malts nose meaty chocolate roast malts.. Smother roast.. Dark chocolate fruit malts ..Light oak 4.3 09 - dark black... Thin tan lacing... Soft woody.. Dark Berries plum fruit nose... Rich dark fruit.. Big oak.. Woody chocolate roast malts.. Heavy roast .. Way more oak than 11.. Big molasis... 4.5 11 - dark black.. Small tan head.. Only one with real head... Dark chocolate. Big sweet oak.. Rich chocolate roast.. Plums figs nose... Dark rich.. Sweet rich chocolate roast 4.7 13 - dark black... Thick tan head.. Dark rich chocolate roast malts ... Dark chocolate roast dry roast malts nose rich chocolate.. Thich rich body.. Rich chocolate heavy chocolate roast.. Thich rich heavy chocolate 4.6

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
medallaisla (91) - PUERTO RICO - AUG 8, 2012
2009 bottle with husband. Black as night, no head or carbonation. Smells like rich berries and dark chocolate. Tastes like chocolate, berries, and fruit cake. Really viscous. A treat!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
badgerben (4849) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2015 RBSG 2007; Rating 2300. Chris_o brought this bottle over to share. Apparently the only way to get this beer is to trek to the brewery and basically get it from the hand of the brewer himself. You are a saint for having brought this. Black color with no head. Great aroma of molasses and brown sugar. The taste… god the taste… slightly burnt and roasted malts, very salty (almost like bacon), rum and a little oak. Feels like velvet. This is probably a solid tan head away from becoming a new number one for me. The sad part is, I only had a few sips, and I’ll probably never have it again. I am going to go cry in a much inferior beer. 8/4/9/5/20

Brewed 13.11.2008; Opened 10.2.2015. In 2011, Cgarvieuk was a kind enough soul to trade two bottles of this to me. I waited forever for the right moment to final open one. Writing a brewery business plan was the time. Thanks, Craig. Jet black color with wisps of a head. Huge aroma of oak and vanilla. Very rummy with molasses notes. Pronounced alcohol, despite the age. The flavor... Merciful Odin the flavor... Strong, sweet malt. Big vanilla. Suggestive of bourbon, even though it was in virgin oak. Light chocolate. Plenty of molasses and brown sugar. Alcohol is ridiculously hidden. Hints of bitterness from barley, but this is incredibly port-like. Thick, velvety body. Some almost vinous, raw oak as it warms. This is just friggin glorious. 9/4/10/5/20

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2007
It is hard to put into words my feelings for this beer. From the moment I saw it in the glass I was drooling, and I still drool now nearly 6 months down the track thinking about it. I have loved licorice ever since I was a young boy, with especially a fondness for licorice ice cream. Seeing this beer in the glass it just looked like liquid licorice, and on having a whiff my delight escalated in realising it was there in substance. There were also some delicious chocolate notes and a touch of soy sauce. On tasting it was exceptionally smooth, with some lovely sweet and roasted malt. At the time of tasting this it was by far and away the best beer I ever had, although the very next beer bridged that gap slightly (Mikkeller Black Hole). It will take an utterly amazing beer to depose this from the top of my list.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
daknole (10847) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 4, 2009
2006 Bottle from Craig. Thanks! Black pour wtih barely any head at all. Aroma is great. Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, raisins, prunes, and toffee on the nose. Wow, then the flavor...amazing. Vanilla, bourbon, raisins, prunes, dates, brown sugar, oak, and a hint of Columbian coffee. Wow what a beer!!!!


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