northropfrye (2460) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Brauhaus, Edinburgh. Dark body white lacing. Coffee aroma, dark chocolate, a bit sweet, nice stout.
tmrmwel (1172) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a finger thick creamy and mocha coloured head. Aroma is sweet of bread and syrup, with roasted malts, chocolate, leather and tobacco. Medium body with quite soft carbonation. Flavour is burned malts with chocolate, tobacco and oak, as well as some grain giving a long and sweet toffee finish.
graham_murphy (402) - - JUN 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pretty much how a stout should be. Creamy with warm roasted malts and fresh hops. Lots of smaller notes in the flavours - coffee, chocolate, vanilla, berries. Not too sweet and very smooth considering its strength.
Idiosynkrasie (4575) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUN 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle [this time 9.9% abv]. Darkest brown colour with late awakening, average, creamy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, brown head. Dark malty aroma has a grainy touch, hints of treacle, coffee, a touch of roast. Taste is moderately sweet fruity and dark malty, hints of red and dark berries, blue grapes, plum, dark chocolate, a touch of roast, some treacle, bitter and slightly herbal hoppy overtones, roasty coffee finish. Lasting finish, sticky palate. Very well balanced, complex, but integrated and concentrated. Yeeeeees!
rozsoma (524) - Győr, HUNGARY - JUN 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,33l bottle, gift from London.
Very strong coffee flavour with a hint of roasty cereals. Smokely and bitter chocolate, full body with oily texture. Flat carbonation. Great and imperial.
The_Osprey (2845) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2015
June 2013 - Bottle, 5 months old. Pours medium for style, no head. Aroma has lots of roasted barley, booze, yeast. Mouthfeel is medium, smooth. Taste has barley, some coffee and salt. Alcohol is not really noticeable. Dry spicy finish. Decent enough. (3.8)
Jan 2015 - Bottled May 2012 as ’Imperial Brown Stout 10%’. No mention of 1856 back then. Pours thick black and forms no head at all. Aroma is hazelnut chocolate, coffee, leather, toffee. Body is medium to full, rich, smooth, oily, low carbonation. Taste is smooth semisweet malt, charred wood, soft chocolate, more hazelnut, burnt coffee, medium hoppy bitterness. Really moreish stuff and ultra-drinkable. Excellent. (4.5)
maneliquor (3393) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from BrewDog Camden. Pours heavy brown bordering on black with almost no head, just a light khaki ring around the edge. Nose shows heavy liquorice/aniseed with light espresso and vanilla. Taste is light liquorice, molasses, milk chocolate, bread. Quite a bit of heat on the finish. Thinnish mouth feel. Ok but not great
MarshallStaxx (8) - - JUN 11, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at The Chequers pub in Walthamstow, London. Pours very dark drown with a frothy tan head. Lively nose with caramel and coffee notes. Taste is sweet toffee and bitter black coffee, followed up with a massive punch of warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is very pleasing and lively on the tongue. Great beer.
makromaniak (141) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown to black with a beige head. Taste is sweet roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, liquorice, nuts and hay. Nice dry roasted bittersweet finish. Easy going but really nice.
PriorL (2460) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Found back tasting notes from Borets Festival 2012. Only putting them in now.
APPEARANCE: very oily black beer, little head.
NOSE: coffee, burned malts, chocolate.
TASTE: coffee, vanilla, little smoked. Very balanced and amazing brew!