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Brewed by Old Chimneys
Style: Imperial Stout
Diss, England
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RATINGS: 363   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2012
275ml bottle courtesy of biggsbowler. Thanks Randall! Been hunting this one for awhile. Pours black, small off white head. Nose is amazing with bourbon, sherry, port notes and chocolate with a hint of biscuit. Flavor is silky smooth, with hints of smoke, chocolate, whiskey. Palate is full but not boozy in the least. This is an amazing beer.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
popery (1419) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 7, 2014
2010. The beer is black with a small medium brown head. Wisps of bubbles after a minute. The aroma is chocolate forward with a strong, rich caramel backbone. Milky chocolate. More milk chocolate in the taste. Excellent caramel sweetness. Nice and rich. Some tobacco character. Very mild acidity, quite good for an aged beer. Little oxidation character for a ~4 year old stout. Mild roast, shows through in the finish. Smooth feel. No real alcohol heat. Some cola in there. Solid beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (736) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Bottle of 2010 vintage, thanks Gunnar! Aroma is rich and full of chocolate and roast with some light smoke notes. Hints of anise, leather and tobacco. Light dark fruit esters. Pours black with a small, faint, dark mocha head that doesn’t move leaving a thin film on the edges and the center. Flavor is moderately sweet with quite a bit of chocolate complexity. Some medium light roast with some smokey notes. Low notes of tobacco and leather. Medium low dark fruit esters of plums, prunes and dried cherries. Hints of raisins. Some light alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium low alcohol. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, a really nice beer with a great dark malt character with some balanced smoke notes.The leather and tobacco notes work well without becoming soy sauce. Lots of chocolate without being overly sweet and diabetes-like.

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 ???

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Philym (999) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2014
Appearance: Black with cm thick tan head. Aroma: Fruity, treacle, vanilla, liquorice, treacle, woody. Taste: Medium bitterness and sweetness with low sourness. Palate: Thick smooth texture, thick body, lingering chocolaty, treacle, liquroice, vanilla, fruity finish with alcohol warmth. Comments: Lovely.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rxeight (1313) - Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Big thanks to Robert Dale for hooking me up with this one. 2010 bottle. 275ml. Black with a finger of mocha head that recedes into a ring. Sweetness, chocolate candy, caramel, malted milk balls, some boozy heat, werthers, chewy body possibly over carbonated body. Some of the sour barrel notes at the end. Pretty good stuff, not sure it’s as high as the ratings but glad to try it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub (10235) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2014
Bottled, 275ml, 2005 version kindly given to me by Fin, cheers buddy. My 10k rating. Jet black with brown head. This is thick on the palate, almost syrupy with a couch medicine character, rich darkly roasted bitter malts with a heavy tarrry presence. Full on throughout the beer but then there is a big fruitiness along with an acrid woodiness. Loads of character to this and still perfect with the ageing, 9 yrs. Superb.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (1482) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Notes. Pours black and thick minimal tan head. Strong burnt sugar aroma. Lots of sweet toffee and vanilla, nice wood tannins.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SilverfoX (267) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niall73 (1778) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2014
275ml bottle from brewery via eebria. Brewed 09/11/11, BB 09/11/21. Pours a very dark brown with a tan head (which fades to nothing fast, no lacing), very slight hint of red under light. Aroma has a lot prunes/prune juice, soy/teriyaki as well as light coffee, light liquorice, and a touch of grass. Full body, light carbonation. A big sticky beer with, unsurprisingly, a fair amount going on. There’s a grassiness in the background, while up front you have soy, beef jerky, teriyaki, treacle, wood, rum, coke, booze, dark chocolate/espresso bitterness, a little vanilla... The balance leans heavily towards the soy/teriyaki flavours. It’s a good imperial stout, enjoyable enough.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (1332) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2014
Bottle from the brewery, via Eebria. Just about black. Halo of tan head. Blackcurrant. Muscovado sugar. Black treacle. Vine fruits. Christmas pudding. Light smoke. Taste is chewy, smoky sweetness. Some dry bitterness follows. Palate is thick, tooth clinging oiliness. In lovely condition. Worthy of the hype.


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