a_cross (600) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was labelled simply Imperial Brown Stout, 10%; dark, dark brown, no head to speak of; aroma of coffee and milk chocolate; oily texture; bitter espresso coffee, rich dark fruit, raisins, perhaps some cherry; sweetish; it’s perhaps most characterised by an underpinning salty, peaty flavour which somehow works; long finish; very drinkable for 10%; in a word - lush.
SlackerMads (1574) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet roasted malt, dark fruits, rum soaked raisins, caramel, light licorice, biscuit, herbal hops. Taste is medium+ sweet and medium bitter. Medium/full body, oily/sticky texture, soft carbonation. Light dry and roasted finish with some warming alcohol.
thewolf (11180) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, bought @ Zombier, Spain. Pours opaque black with a small, staying, creamy, beige head. Aroma has lots of cocoa, chocolate, hazelnuts, walnuts, mild vinious. Low carbonation, wonderful creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has cocoa, vinious, plums, port, chocolate, cocoa. Lots of character all around. Mild vinious, chocolate, light roasted. Truly magnificent.
brief_smile (110) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black, small tan head. Aroma: espresso, roasted malts, liqourice, leather, booze. Taste: lots of espresso, rich dark fruits, dark chocolate, vanilla, wood. Finish is lingering, bitter and warming. Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Stunning.
note666 (1129) - Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS - MAR 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2013 - 03 - 22 330ml bottle. hazy black colour. medium, tan head. roasty coffee in aroma. bitter taste. lasting palate...
teddybeer (2223) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled @ Animal. Opaque black colour with minimal beige head. Aroma is strong coffee, roasted and toasted malts, slightly smoky as well. Flavor has notes of toasted malts, coffee, black chocolate. In the final alcohol is compensated and hidden by coffee notes, and chocolate plumbcake.
jamestulloch (1357) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 19, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma: Very boozy, liqueur-like aroma. A little salty.
Appearance: Intimidating jet black body with a small tan head that fades. Light lacing marks.
Taste: Raisin, dark chocolate, salt, caramel and tangy prune. Sweet and sugary with a slow-building bitter finish. Strong, warming alcohol.
Palate: Medium to full body with a syrupy, slightly oily texture. Soft carbonation.
Overall: I’m Kernel’s biggest fan, but this tastes a bit too sweet and boozy for my liking. It’s definitely a sipper. My bottle was 10% ABV and labelled ’Imperial Brown Stout’ (bottled in May 2012)
essexcalf (172) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On keg at BrewDog bar Shoreditch, 14/03/13. 9.9%. Opaque, dark brown. Piney, hop oil & sweet, dark, choc malt aroma. Taste - Woody oil, choc and light roast, heavy, sweet malt. Piney, spicy citrus hop (good). Strong, aromatic woodiness. Tangy hop finish. Full body. Satisfying & delicious.
RichTheVillan (2777) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Cotteridge; dark brown pour with minimal tan head, malt and smokey aroma, quite sweet taste with smoke, leather, liquorice and dried fruits complex and rewarding.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark bown with garnet hues. Aroma is cocoa, fudge, and roast. Taste is semi-sweet and bitter. Dry finish. Not my cup of tea.