JorisPPattyn (9132) - Ursel, - DEC 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Smithld1 (136) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
As below cask in the rake via the cellar. Lovely drop. Raisins, alcohol, stewed fruit. Quite a treat.
evergreen0199 (2820) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask (cellar run) at The Rake, Borough Market, London. A very dark brown/black coloured pour with a thin beige head on top. Rich roasty, malty, chocolate, coffee aroma. Tastes similar, rich, roasty, malty, chocolate, coffee, a little caramel, soft and sweet. This was incredibly easy to drink, a quite marvellous Imperial Stout.
rood (69) - Borgerhout, BELGIUM - APR 1, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nose is molasses, figs and chocolate malts. Taste is a wonderful counterbalance between sweet (mollasses, sugar), bitterness (hop, bitter chocolate malt) and umami (leather). Reminds me of Black Albert in the good old days. A perfect beer. Gimme more gimme more!!!.Thanks berntholer for sharing
Mjp12 (1264) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from the bottle, leaving all the sediment behind in the bottle. Rich coffe, chocolate and licorice notes on the aroma. Lots of sweet dark fruit in the flavour, but there is enough bitterness in the finish to make you come back for more.
digitalviking (59) - - MAR 21, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful labeling and beautiful beer. I got a really big head because I think I overcarbonated it. Mostly molasses and bubblegum aroma. Really good stuff.
bytemesis (6132) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 14, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - thanks Santa! Pours opaque black with a medium creamy brown head that lasts and laces well. Aroma is licorice and roasted malts. Flavor is lots of anise, molasses, some cocoa, roasted malts, hints of tobacco. Quite sweet and medium bitter. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. A little high on licorice for me to truly enjoy.
BlackHaddock (5732) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1st Rate of 2016: 330ml bottle (Lot 825 BBE 10/2016). Poured into a Westmalle chalice just after midnight early hours of 1st Jan. What a great way to start a year. Drank with a ’Double Decker’ chocolate bar, really worked. The deep malty brew with it’s chocolate and coffee flavours were complimented by the sweeter, lighter confectionary and it was a fitting nightcap to an English tasting session I held with myself throughout New Years Eve cumulating with this fine Imp Stout. Would have preferred the head to be deeper and richer, but that is a small consideration compared to the overall enjoyment of such a flavoursome beer.
Scottishchris (628) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via eebria. Pitch black, thin brown head. Coffee, chocolate, molasses. Full body, thick mouthfeel, good carbonation. Sweet Demerara sugar and some liquorice. Long finish.
Nocturne (1674) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Aroma is molasses, chocolate, stone fruit, smoke. Taste is quite similar. Dark chocolatey with some bitterness. Kind of thick and oily on the tongue and feels nicely put together. Not as superb as the Special Reserve but still a very good beer.
Zakoon (477) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle enjoyed @ home, thanks to Gary. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma is raisins, plums, prunes, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and molasses. Flavour is sweet and light bitter. Full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation. Finish is a little too sweet and warming alcohol.