Theydon_Bois (5279) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle purchased at the brewery and consumed at home - Jan í12 @ 9.8% ABV.
Pours a very dark rich borwn colour with a creamy off white/beige/light brown head.
The head soon reduces to a rim around the glass and a small pond with bubbles floating off centre!
Chocolate dominates the malty aroma of this beer, perhaps a little liquourice and coffee also and a vague wood smell.
Taste is dominated once more by chocolate then roasted malts, slightly burnt sugar, background coffee and caramel. The chocolate is sweet but bitter.
Excellent mouthfeel to this beer, full bodied but silky smooth and caresses the throat leaving it wanting more and more (and more!)
Overall an excellent imperial stout, doesnít feel like you are drinking one at around the 10% mark at all, they donít come much better than this!!!
stravale (1691) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - AUG 4, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ The Caley, Edinburgh 310712 10%
Black, thin tan rimaround glass, some lacing
Aroma - Deep rich dark malts, lots of chocolate, smooth, soft dark fruits, light woody, hardly any booze, great aroma
Taste - Dark rich malts, smooth chocolate, smooth rich malts, dark fruits, mellow, booze is so well hidden, fantastic flavour, toooo easy to drink
Palate - soft carb, full rich body, silky smooth. Finish - smooth silky chocolate and dark fruity malts, then a touch of warming alcohol.
Overall - This is world class. A masterpiece of brewing from the brillant Kernel Brewery.
swoopjones (4902) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Euston Tap, London. Dark black pour. Tootsie roll aroma, chocolate, light burnt coffee. Big roasty, liquid tootsie rolls, extremely flavorful. Medium mouthfeel. So impressed by this brewery
thepeter (275) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful pour with a dark body and a golden brown head that lasts and cascades down the glass. Smells of cocoa and coffee and citrus and dark malt, Peat, and dark fruit and goodness. tastes much of the same, very complex and delicate not at all living up to the sturdy 10.1% in terms of character. smooth and oh so drinkable, like a 6% beer at the most, Dangerous! Overall this is a fantastic beer which I would drink over an over! Loved it!
teorn88 (1620) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at Craft Beer Co. It pours a deep dark brown/black-ish colour with a big foamy brown head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malts, wood and caramel. Taste is similar with coffee, roasted malts, slight booze, liquorice, wood and caramel. Bitter-sweet finish. Soft carbonation and full bodied. Complex and tasy brew, nice one.
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, brown head. Aroma is really roasty, some bitter chocolate notes, charcoal, ash. Flavor is dominated by roast, ash, espresso, chocolate. Pretty good, a bit too roasty for my personal taste.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2013 My Bottom Line :
This wealthy Imperial Stout develops plenty of chocolate, brown and roasted malt aromas and flavors, leading to a balanced bitterness nudged by alcohol heat and peat smoke saltiness.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A sheet of foam tops the blackness.
-Red grape fruitiness appears here and there.
-The finishing bitterness seems to be mostly the contribution of the roasted malts.
-The brown malt flavors are akin to toasted pumpernickel bread sometimes.
-These guys seem to really have a knack for brewing Stouts and Porters.
BOLTZ7555 (2600) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
160 year old beer that tastes like it was brewed last year! Brought to Nickís Bachelor Party by ibrew2or3...loads of coffee, cocoa, an bite of alcohol. Pretty good.
pivnizub (8370) - Bochum, PorķřŪ, GERMANY - MAY 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Literally black, small and lacy tanned head, coffee, roasted malt and dried fruits in the nose, some caramel and malt, too; moderate to solid bitter-sweet flavour, full bodied, what else; soft and lingering fruity-molassy finish with a very distinctive bitterness in the aftertaste. What a solid brew....
sfhodense (4793) - Odense Nō, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, alcohol, mineral and chocolate. Flavour is roasted malt, alcohol, dry, chocolate, coffee and mineral notes.