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Summer Wine KopiKat Imperial Stout - Caol Ila 27yr

Formerly brewed at Summer Wine
Style: Imperial Stout
Holmfirth, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Barrel aged 6 months in Caol Ila 27yr old barrels.

Benjii's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, - NOV 10, 2012
In bottle at Craig’s. Pours a very dark brown colour with a decent tan head. Aroma of coconut, chocolate, soy sauce and alcohol. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (2122) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is chocolate, peat, taste is sweet chocolate, dry and smoky, vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (3003) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2014
Bottle thnx to dennoman . Pours black , good grey head . Smell is peated , plastic . Taste is peated , but balanced , roasted malts , bitter . Ok

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (13598) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2014
Bottle thanks graciously to Toby at The Kernel. Black beer with a HUGE tan head. Really no need for that level of carbonation. Strong Caol Ila whisky smoked peaty aroma. Now much against common opinion that doesn’t mean that I will take an instant disliking to this beer just cos it’s barrel aged and in an Islay whisky cask. Although the aroma is strongly individualistic it isn’t completely overpowering nor unbalanced. I think it’s pretty damn good and that’s cos the base beer is big and well constructed enough to carry the barrel ageing. Muscular dark malts underpin this beer. Goes well with chicken tikka and ciabatta bread. Classy beer with big intense aromas and flavours. . Impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (4257) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 8, 2013
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Birmingham. Poured a dark mahogany with a bubbly tan head. The aroma is big medicinal hop, roasted malt. The flavour is strong bitter with a huge alcohol bitter palate. The alcohol really dominates this beer for sure. I liked it, but barrel aged beers normally deliver so much more. Barrel aged beers need to compliment a beer, not dominate it, which is what happens here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (4945) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 8, 2013
Bottle shared thanks to jmgreenuk. Pours near black with a thick beige head. Aroma of Caol Ila, massive and overpowering anything else. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter. Behind the Caol Ila in the palate there is roast, dark chocolate and caramel. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Simply too overpowered by the scotch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (5189) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 8, 2013
33cl bottle courtesy of and shared with jmgreenuk. decent creany tan head, clear black pour. Lots of coal illa in the aftertaste. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8239) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Bottle thanks to Colin. Pours very dark brown with brown head. Nose and taste of roast chocolate, whiskey, oak, vanilla, crunchy nuts and earth. A touch heavy on the whiskey but not overly boozy. Medium body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (4391) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2013
Bottle: Thanks Theydon Bois: Served in a Chouffe glass: Pitch black pour. Pitch black beer with a medium sized ashy brown foamy head on top. Aromas of malt roast, flowers, some earth, some peat, iodine, bandage, wood roast, some coffee and coal. Flavours of peated malts, roasted malts, roasted wood, iodine, some wood aged berries, chalk, light dry and light spicy, coal, bitters, hint of bandage and some dry nutty roast tones. Aftertaste is a mix of malt roast, some wood roast, chalk, bitters, spices and wood/coffee roast. Low carbo, creamy to silky mouthfeel, full body and a creamy lightly thicker texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (4548) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 19, 2013
2/VII/13 - 33cl bottle @ De Hopduvel (Gent) - BB: 31/XII/13 (2013-595) Thanks to Bobochamp for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown beer, no head. Aroma: vanilla, peated, brown sugar, cane sugar, some cocoa powder, little boozy, caramel. MF: soft to no carbon, medium to full body. Taste: alcohol, pretty bitter, very earthy, some cocoa powder, peated, vanilla. Aftertaste: bitter, peated, mocha, some coffee, alcohol, more peat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (2930) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2013
12 ounce bottle
Thanks to BoBoChamp for sharing some of this rather interesting imperial stout. It was not my favorite but how often do you get to try something aged in a 27 year old whiskey barrel? I’ll have to see if I can track down some other Summer Wine on cask as a comparison to see what their more standard beers are like.

Aroma / Appearance - The brownish black base is slick with sheer legs that are a bit light for a big beer. Scotch, vanilla, black coffee, and anise tickle the senses. The smoky undertones add some depth yet it lacks the punch of a big complex imperial stout.

Flavor / Palate - Coffee, ash, and anise sweep across the palate. Like melting ice water they leave a mark but not one that is super memorable. The oaky finish gives away the barrel aging the most though I am sure some scotch aspects are hidden in there somewhere. If this is a one off grab a bottle and share it with a few friends.

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