toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - MAY 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This bottle founds it’s way to Santee, California from England via Scottland, DLD, Ohio, and to me. Wow! alot of work but worth it. Pours dark with no head. Aroma of dark fruit, malt, and wood. Flavors were much the same. Very nice.
fletchfighters (1158) - 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 (1014) - 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 (339) - 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.
bursprak (836) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2012 vintage. Pour is pitch black with a small beautiful tan head, reminds me a lot of thick dirty motor oil. Nose has loads of cocoa, vanilla and some light ash. Taste is super smooth! Again some cocoa powder, vanilla fudge, light licorice, some tar. ABV is super well hidden, really good stuff!!
rouhlas (424) - GREECE - DEC 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
275ml bottle at home, 2010 vintage, courtesy of Alex (Nightfall). Black color with very nice frothy creamy brown head. Aroma is roasted malty, chocolate and coffee, wood notes, rum like light alcohol, dark fruits - prunes - raisins. Taste is sweet and bitter, like the aroma but slightly better, chocolate again, light coffee, wood ad dark fruits. full body oily to creamy, soft carbonation, nice roasted malty finish with chocolate coffee and fruits. I drank the whole bottle in 10 minutes and I want more! thanks Alex!
ItyMeuh (36) - Danderhall, SCOTLAND - NOV 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An excellent craft beer from Old Chimneys but not in fact my favourite from the must try Eebria case. The aging does do wonders for the beer, but not imho the best in England.
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Ferris (5267) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Vintage 2012 - Sticky molasses, toffee and some dark chocolate. Deep inky brown black with a light brown head. Dark roast, berry notes, light bitterness and a long chocolate finish.
Clownoisseur (289) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 vintage, 275 ml bottle courtesy of DocJitsu (Thanks Dennis!) . Pours black with a thin tan head. Oily with decent legs. Dark brown hues. Aromas of big bourbon and oak. Dark Fruits, char and barley. Taste is a bit more subdued than the nose suggests. Sweet molasses, dark fruits, bourbon, dry oak, char.....almost more in barley wine territory. Slightly hot finish, moderate bitterness. Medium carbonation, medium-heavy bodied. Really good stuff.
Mr_Pink_152 (1221) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
275ml bottle at home. 2012 vintage. Thick black colour with deep tan head. Aroma has toasted malt and chocolate. The taste has chocolate too but with drak fruits.
ABT_S54 (219) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2014 275cl bottle served in a snifter. Pours a pitch black oily beer with a dark beige head which last a few minutes. Aroma is powerful malty dried (dark fruits). Much more rounded that the standard version but with no oaky hints to hint at being barrel aged. Hugely skilful arrangement of flavours and predominant sweetness which complements the massive mouthfeel perfectly. Hugely impressive and one of the best imperial stouts I have tried - in fact probably the best non-bourbon barrel aged one I have tried. Close to perfection.