flying_pig (1074) - - JAN 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle for £3.49 from Peckhams (Glasgow,):
Roasted malts and a sweet, burnt sugar aroma along with some coffee and chocolate. It also seems to have some darker fruits lingering in the background and overall it is a pleasant aroma that could have used being a little stronger.
Mahogany brown colour with a few red tinges in there and a huge, three fingers tall head that is a thick looking, foamy, light brown with great retention.
A strong roasted malt presence initially but what follows is a lot sweeter than I was expecting, there is a touch of coffee along with some chocolate and sugar. The dark fruits from the nose are in the taste as well and there is some licorice complimented by some caramel; a very sweet and hoppy tasting imperial stout.
Lighter than usual for the style, falling somewhere around medium bodied with mild to medium carbonation levels. There is also more sweetness to it than your usual imperial stout.
Lighter in many ways than what I was expecting, the aroma was quite subdued but not exactly weak and the body was a lot lighter too but it was an excellent beer and one that I’d probably have again. The 7.4% alcohol content was very well hidden and goes by pretty much unnoticed.
nordic (135) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAY 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark color, small head. Complex, rich taste. Good example of imperial stout. Liked it.
Lele (216) - Padova, ITALY - MAY 3, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
ASPETTO: marrone scurissimo, praticamente impenetrabile. Schiuma beige, finissima, abbondante e decisamente persistente (ne rimane sempre un po’ nel bicchiere). AROMA: piacevole e abbastanza intenso. Soprattutto cioccolato e tostato, ma anche con un leggero marzapane e un lieve tocco di liquoroso. GUSTO: in pratica si sentono gli stessi sentori percepiti al naso. Abbondante cioccolato (sia dolce che amaro), tostato (soprattutto in chiusura), marzapane e un lievissimo liquoroso, quanto basta per riscaldare piacevolmente la bevuta. L’amaro si sente soprattutto nella parte finale del sorso, un amaro soprattutto da tostato, che però è sempre equilibrato con il dolce del malto. Birra che stranamente ripulisce abbastanza bene la bocca. Corpo tra medio e strutturato, carbonizzaizone abbastanza bassa, direi il giusto. CONCLUSIONE: ancora una volta la Thornbridge stupisce per il suo sapore e il suo equilibrio. Una birra che si fa ricordare. Semplice ma allo stesso tempo gustosa...un capolavoro di armonia.
mrbigpappa (9) - - APR 18, 2015 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from 500ml bottle at Metro in Lahti Finland.
It was good but not great. A bit more bitter after taste than I would like in an Imperial Stout. It finishes like an IPA. which is great but not in this style.
kerenmk (3050) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Max’ place. Thanks Excellent Little Brother for the delivery! Black with a white head. Lots of chocolate, some cherry and some vanilla in the nose, mild bitterness, mildly roasty and fully malty taste. A little alcoholic finish, no carbonation, full body.
erickok (4095) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - APR 10, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark, creamy head. Hard roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, rye, dry, pecans. String bitterness, very full flavoured. Loads of roast over a body that is lighter than often in such heavy tasting imperial stouts, but certainly not watery. I like how it’s rich and still quite drinkable, also because of the high carbonation. Excellent brew, great quality. (50cl bottle from Saveur Bière)
tomer (2060) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - APR 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
At a tasting, thanks, quite stable creamy bubbly brown head, opaque black color, aroma of dark bread, prunes, some smoke and light herbal notes in back, flavor of shrubs, dark chocolate and dark fruits, with some roasted coffee. Fair and drinkable but not really exciting.
MrBlueSky93 (362) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Beer Central, Sheffield.
Pours dark brown/black with half a finger tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits, touch of chocolate. Initial roasted malts on the flavour, then chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee, some creaminess too. Great brew!
klm1 (352) - - APR 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep dark oily colour, aroma of dark chocolate, with little sugar and some liqueur notes. Taste of coffee, a bit too watery like De Molens Mout&mocca. Maybe also despite the relatively low ABV, which is too low for me.
radiomgb (2463) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle purchased at Knightly Spirits in Orlando, Florida. Near black in colour with a thin but lasting tan head, excellent lacing. Aroma is quite roasty, lots of coffee, dark fruits, some molasses. Flavour is roasty, creamy, some milk chocolate, coffee, light alcohol. Roasty mouthfeel, medium body, moderate carbonation. Finishes long, moderately bitter, roasty. Nice stuff. Well balanced and highly drinkable.
mzaar (1924) - Varberg, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flaska. Svart med ett stort smutsvitt skum. Dofter av citrus, kaffe och rostad malt. Smakinslag av kaffe, lakrits, rostad malt och lingon. Kolsyrig och lätt bubblig munkänsla.