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


on tap

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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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%

JorisPPattyn's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8095) - Antwerpen, - DEC 20, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2003 Jet black; virtually no head, just brown rim. Nose gives ink, wild mushrooms, dark chocolate, apple. Taste is dominated by burnt malts, but main taste is quite sweet all the same. Fruity flavours as blueberries. Retronasal more bitter than before. Syrupy mouthfeel, very well 'filled' beer. Aftertaste comes up with cigarette ashes and brambles. good stout. Just a bit less than Imperial in the way Harveys or the Americans do it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drsandman (438) - 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 (2315) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fletchfighters (1158) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 13, 2015
Thanks to Owen for sharing 330 ML bottle 2012 vintage Black pour, some ruby highlights, light tan head that falls to a thick collar. Some spotted lacing. Brilliant nose, licorice, dark cherry, dark chocolate, roast, tar, burnt tires. Highly complex nose. Taste is just as fun. Cherry ripe, dark chocolate, roasted malts, tar, tobacco, tires, and some ash. Full bodied, chewy, slick and oily. Light carbonation. Brilliant imperial stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
McNeillR (1391) - SCOTLAND - JAN 3, 2015
Dark opaque brown, thick set body with no head and oily lacing. Slip of liquorice, soft roast and tarry black pepper. Real thick mouthfeel is impossible to escape, rich thick tarmac and soft dark choc. Earthy and a little brighter sweetness than I remember. Soy tang towards the just but brown sugar sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ItyMeuh (36) - Danderhall, SCOTLAND - NOV 30, 2014
An excellent Imperial Stout more mellow and moreish than its reserved brother. I like this more, in fact. Lovely sweet stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8831) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 27, 2014
[ Bottle ][ 33cl ][ Theydon_Bois ][ Trade ][ Pizza Boy Snifter ][ 11.27.14 ]
>> Last beer of Thanksgiving. Thank you Colin for this treat! Deep clear sepia pour, medium rocky beige foam. Okay retention and spotty lace. Nose is grape soda, plum, roast, alcohol, sweet rum, flash of smoke/savoriness. Taste is bitter cocoa, grape soda, plum. Medium bodied, medium bitterness. Carbonation is lively, finish is dry. Fairly straightforward, but too much grape and plum for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (7474) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
330mL bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma reveals notes of oak, wood, cocoa, dark fruits and some roast. Flavour is complex, with notes of dark fruit, cocoa, and some roasted malt. Finishes lightly sweet with notes of raisins and cocoa. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (5265) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle - Lot 721 - Roast malts, molasses and Berry notes. Deep brown black with a decent brown head. Herbal, cocoa and some fruity berry notes, rich and nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CraftBeerNick (1014) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2014
Bottle at home, 26th October 14. Pours jet black. Aroma roasted malts, slight liquorice, a touch of leather. The taste is rich, bitter, and dry, roasted, toasted malts. Good imperial Stout

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5759) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 22, 2014
33cl, exclusive English brew, thx alot to Tad for bringing this over!, very complex Stout, roasted and slightly spicy/fruity/sweet, balanced, hazy, good head, very good brew, yet expensive!

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