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


on tap

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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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Cask; Occasional. Also available bottle conditioned.
"The colour and deep luscious flavour derive largely from roasted barley."
Bottled by hand.
Cask version 9.0%

EdKing's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdKing (2097) - London, Greater London, - OCT 28, 2011
UPDATED: APR 21, 2014 Bottle from Old Chimneys. Pours thin black, dark brown at the edges and tan brown head, which dissipates quickly. Nose is plumy pruney dark fruit, fairly potent alcohol. Possibly some chocolate behind all that. Taste is dark chocolate, then dark fruit: prune, raisin, stewed plum. Roasted bitterness. Wow, finish is really alcoholic and potent with some bitterness. Chocolate and sticky on the finish too. Really grows on the palate as it warms up. 3.9 Re-rate 22/4/14 - surprised by how alcoholic this is. Lots of plummy, dark fruit, lots of alcohol, lots of roasted malt, deep dark chocolate, buttery and lactic milky. It’s very rich. Has to be the best non-barrel aged British imperial stout? 4.1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (3065) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2015
(Old Chimneys Good King Henry ) Bottle 275 ml at home. Batch 514, BB3/2014, from cgarvieuk , thanks Craig! Served into a snifter, ABV 9.6% Pitch black colour, one finger of thick brown head sitting on top with good retention, leaving a foam island on the beer’s surface and light lacing around the glass. Lots of malts on the aroma, prunes, chocolate, figs, light leather, alcohol after a deep sniff. Taste of toasted malts, prunes, leather, light smoke, chocolate cake, dried figs, a touch of spice, chocolate, some coffee. Medium thick body with good carbonation, creamy and smooth texture. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdiBeer (1911) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2015
Aroma: dark berry jam, light milk, caramel, light coffee. Appearance: black, small, beige head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: at first sweets continue, milk coffee, then turning to coffee and light bitter, dry, cacao finish. Bottle firm the brewery via Eebria, Diss.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Homer321 (2551) - Melboring, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2015
bottle thanks to cgarvieuk. Nose is a huge chocolate bomb with a little bit of tobacco. Pitch black in color with a medium brown head, leaves a film on top and a ring clinging to the edge, very fine bubbles. Taste is decadent like dark chocolate with just a touch of coffee and roast to dry out the finish. A light tartness in the finish as it warms. Very light, very smooth alcohol warming, all pleasant. Truly a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (393) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2015
Pours an opaque black with a large, consistent mocha head which recedes to a bubbly lacing within 5 minutes. Aroma is roast coffee, caramel and a hint of alcohol burn on the nostrils along with some figs. Taste is dark berries, figs, raisin, slight liquorice and slightly smoky. The alcohol warmth makes you wish you had a fireplace to sit next to. Full bodied and very rich.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (6673) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2015
thanks theydon_bois, ya groggy wanker .. . black .. mild headring .. . deep dark fruit, pit, soil, and black coco .. . mouth is silky, nice calming finish .. very good, can see why the reserve is such a killer .. . .you taking the piss? yeah, he took it all..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (5403) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle thanks to Colin during RBWG lobby share. Pours a black with small beige head. The aroma is licorice and roast. Similar flavor as aroma with dark chocolate and light booze.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (15111) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle. Hotel beer, RBWG 2014 Tampa. Exceedingly dark brown color. Aroma of fruity licorice. Taste is fruity coffee. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
planky84 (2338) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2015
Bottle from Eebria. Black pour with a light tan head. Licorice toffee, dark chocolate and raisin aroma. Flavours of dark chocolate, smoke and raisin. Rich warming taste. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drsandman (580) - New York, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle, thanks to the great and powerful Leighton. Pours deep black/brown with medium brown head. Aroma is caramel, cocoa, toffee, raspberry, cedar, light smoke. Flavor is deep sweet malt, raisin, prune, cocoa. Big sweet full body, quite nice fruity finish. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stravale (2430) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JAN 14, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2015 Bottle from Eebria [100115]
Pitch black, dirty tan frothy head, good lacing
Aroma of rich dark malts, mellow roast, savoury, yeasty, bit meaty
Taste of rich deep dark malts, mellow roast, dark fruits, rich dark chocolate, figs, really rich malts, not demanding
Palate - soft carb, full body, very smooth, rich dense texture, fairly sweet. Finish as main flavour, dark dense fruity malts, soft alcohol
Overall - Very well made impy, smooth, superb palate. I think I prefer this to the Special Reserve which I find a bit over oaky (but considerably more complex) , but will be doing another rate of that to decide whether its better or not

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