wilshire87 (12) - Avella (AV), - JAN 26, 2014
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Noise:big babbol. Black, head cappuccino. Not great body. Really sweet taste. Not great presence of alcohol. Not bad, but not a great example of double stout.
likeatrainwreck (421) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not great... Iím not sure how a 9.3% stout can be watery, but this is... sweet... soy... some dried fruit... no real roasted character... Not unpleasant, but not very good at all.
Grumbo (1199) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Beer Emporiumís bottle shop, Bristol. Pours a deep maroon brown with a milk chocolate brown head. Aroma of rich roasted chocolate, plum, blackberry, raspberry, vanilla with an alcohol edge, well it is 9.3%. Light sweetness, medium roasted bitterness, touch of sour developing. Full body, slick texture, soft carbonation. Finish is sweeter with lasting roasting and fruitiness. Very drinkable.
phaleslu (9255) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2016
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle left behind by one of the Brits since they left our Hyatt Vineyard Creek hotel room on Friday afternoon and the other three of us left Saturday morning. Pours an opaque brown, with a finger of tan head that settles into a film and a thick ring. Notes of dark chocolate, earth, dark fruits, light soy, and fudge. Medium-full bodied, with moderate to medium soft carbonation and a fudgy, fruity, smooth mouthfeel. Fairly simple and not much depth for the size. But the important note on this one is that itís the final beer for me of RBWG 2016. I couldíve popped a few more bottles and poured the remainders, but I was exhausted. Done. Spent. This is it for me. Thanks to VsXsV, Homer321, Leighton, Theydon_Bois and everyone else I spent time with, met, and shared beers with over the week-plus event. The backlog took me a solid month to get through, and this is the end. Cheers!
Hanoi (803) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Suprising head for an imperial double stout. Nose is tobacco, ash, beech, fruity notes (blueberry?) and bubble gum. Taste is cherry, cola, strong fruity notes with pronounced blueberry, more of the bubble gum, a little of the smoke from the nose in the finish. Further sips bring in salt, and licorice, with some further dark fruits.
This is a very disjointed imperial stout which lacks depth, the fruit notes are off style and overwhelm the rest of the beer to itís detriment. Poor.
gegwilson (3033) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Open All Hours in Keswick. Pours black with a thin tan head. Peppery chocolate aroma. The taste is spicy with rich chocolate notes. Some fruitiness too. Too so much in the way of roast flavours. Nice enough, but not a great example of the style.
jamesie1857 (1921) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle from bottle shop in Keswick - A jet-black body, almost oil-like, with a dirty looking thick brown head which last some time. The nose is chocolate, liquorice, blackcurrants, coffee, very complex as new notes hit the nostrils. The taste is the same, a bit of vanilla, cherry and some spices come through as well. Oily in the mouth, a boozy warmth at the end. I like this a lot.
erickok (5190) - Leuven, BELGIUM - APR 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, thick body. Tar, sweet candy sugar, simple, un cleanly fermented. Sweet, English yeast. Reminds me of a Belgian stout. Luscious but not refined at all. (33cl bottle from North Bar Leeds)
KyotoLefty (9040) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Fruity nose, berries, mushrooms, umami, savory. Opaque, putch black. flavors of chocolate, mushrooms, fruits, raisin, plum, salt, some licorice. Original and interesting.
TimE (4886) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black color. Sweet malty nose, with salt water toffee, Worcester sauce, mushrooms, really interesting. Big malty character, plums, black licorice, salt water toffee, semi-sweet dark chocolate, very smooth. Highly drinkable, complex and interesting beer. Excellent.