DruncanVeasey (6179) - NUNEATON, Blue Square Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle purchased at the brewery shop, lot number 104, 9.6%. Black as nothing, outlandish filthy tan hat collapsing to a slender cap. Dense, resolving, minutely bubbled slickness like Belgium, Black Albert maybe. Just look at it. Neopolitan ice cream,red apple, raisiny cocoa, custard and oak sweetness aroma. Black silky milk biting with charred barley, burnt toast, bitter bittering and truly stouty dry hop and full-on cocoa attack behind the opening oaky sweetness and delicate wreathes of cigar smoke. Get the toast out of the bin and spread it with melted 80% Lindt Excellence. The dirtiest tan-dappled legs youíve ever seen in your life. Smokehead, intensified. Cherry liqueur chocs, venerable English oak, single malt, condensed Dragon Smoke and hot-faced nonsense kicking in now itís disappearing. Bit of burnt plastic. None of the salt, soy, sourness and complication I was expecting, but a singed, velvety, cocoa-sodden treat drifting across the Atlantic in itís intensity. Quite simply one of the best English beers Iíve ever had, and at this moment I canít conceive of how the Special Reserve is going to top it..
johndoughty (3293) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with low carbonation and very easy to drink.poured with a small head.Quite sweet with malts and chocolate present. Nice.
anders37 (12965) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ chrisoís Pre-GBBF Shindig 2008. Rating #3300. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee aroma with some hints of dark fruit. Roasted malty chocolate and coffee flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee finish.
Guerde (1077) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle shared by Stine, thanks Eben!) Dark brown pour with a thin tan head that dissipated quickly. Aroma of beef jerky, dark roasted malt, slightly ashy, light prune, and ample booze. Flavor is rather disappointing, with a lot of soy sauce, green pepper, a light tartness, that yields to a finish of roasted malt and salt. Thick mouthfeel with smooth carbonation. This mustíve been an off batch.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
275ml bottle. BB 01.11.09 Heavy molasses aroma. A bit of diacetyl. Some wet, charred wood. Lots of vanilla extract. A touch of soy. Oily roasted malt. Decent, but unspectacular. Pours a thick, dark brown, with oily yellow legs capped by a thin grey film. Flavor is loaded with soy and butterscotch. Salty brine. Slightly sour. Some green peppers. Vanilla and caramel (or is it butterscotch)? Thick and cloying on the tongue with a salty and soy finish. Really not all that great... Thanks anyway Eben!
hellomynameis (872) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark, dark brown with nothing more than a hint of tan head. Aroma is slightly soy like with a bit of butter. Flavour is very odd in comparison to the aroma. It is very bright but has some toffee/buttery like flavours. Almost seems like it has a bit of potential, but thereís really nothing much there to appreciate.
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2009
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks Mike for splitting. I am on Mike with this one. Was looking forward to trying this, but the bottle was in bad shape. Pour and aroma werenít too bad...some diacetyl. Flavor was way off. Pretty much a butterscotch bomb. It was undrinkable for the most part. Hope I can re-rate this someday.
AgentSteve (1613) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 30, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from CGarvieUK, pours a perfect viscous black with a dark pancake colored, smooth creamy head. The nose is chocolate malt, like whoppers, with a touch of roast and some dark fruits. Flavor is chocolate and a tangy vinous fruit influence, with a coffee like subtle bitternes in the finish. Creamy mouthfeel.
beerbill (3047) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
275 ml bottle courtesy of a trade with cgarvieuk and consumed Christmas night. Thanks, Craig! Pours a deep black with virtually no head. Very pleasant aroma of plums, dried prunes, chocolate, roasted malt, and cabernet. The flavor is equally lovely with the aforementioned dark fruit, chocolate and roasted malt up front. This is then followed by a tangy combination of cabernet and citric acid. The tanginess lingers for quite a bit after the swallow. Some mild warming from the alcohol at the finish as well, particularly as the beer warms. A very different and enjoyable imperial stout.
KAggie97 (3533) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from reakt. Thanks! Pours a deceptively thin and viscous motor oil black with an arom of Aqua Net chocolate, cranberry, raspberry, and alcohol. Flavor is sour chocolate red wine with canned prunes. Thin mouthfeel, but it is assertive and coating. Very interesting; not what I expected from an imperial stout.