john44 (3101) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2017
Bottle. BBE date Aug 2013; Drank Oct 2010 - Pitch Black in colour. Very Malty; roasty (slightly burnt) malts, dark chocolate, espresso coffee, caramel, liquorice, vanilla. Fruity; grapefruit citrus and dark fruits. Hoppy; good balancing hops; nice hop bite. Viscous. Oily. Salty. Alcohol quite evident. Bitter roast/burnt malty throughout with a strong hop presence. Long dry roast malty finish. Terrific Imperial Stout! (2010-10)
ABT_S54 (352) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2015
50cl bottle served in a snifter. Pours dark brown with a tan ,moderately bubbly head which stays for a short while. Aroma is dry chocolate and malts. Taste is a little watery for the style and its ABV. Very disappointing and not a match for the Nogne Imperial Stout which I had as a direct comparison - which given the price disparity is unforgiveable. I had high hopes for this but it is closer to export stouts I have had rather than imperial stouts. DenverLogan (1212) - LA, California, USA - MAR 30, 2015
From a botttle at World of Beer Sept 20, 2014. Listed at 10.5%. Pours near black with small head and lace. Aroma of dark roasted malt and malt balls. Moderate carbonation and big mouthfeel. Flavors of dark roasted malts, burnt malts, bitter roots. Overall rich, complex, tasty but a bit rough. gregwilsonstl (2498) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Dark black. Much better than blueberry version. Roasted but not very burnt. Raisins. Crockett (1117) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2015
Pours very very dark brown/black with ruby fringes. Short tan frothy head. Aroma of coffee, and bitter chocolate is evident, as my daughter just dumped this all over my desk. Sticky. Somewhat simplistic, yet stylish coffee, chocolate, salted toffee nose. Translates fluidly to the palate. Notes of funk, and cheese ride along. Plenty of carbonation in this 2 year old selection. Pepper in the finish. It’s well crafted, but safe.
coachd (834) - Missouri, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle aged three years purchased from Royal Wine & Spirits. Aroma is an interesting red wine mixed with oak, leather and vanilla. Not what you would expect from an IS but interesting nonetheless. Pours a very dark brown color with a creamy tan head. Tastes woodsy with a good amount of roast. The coffee flavors coming through are creamy cappuccino, not dark coffee like many stouts. Decent alcohol burn to let you know it’s 10% ABV. Loses a point for having such a funky aftertaste - it’s an iron/stainless steel flavor that does the beer no justice. One thing I cannot disparage is the palate, which is absolutely spot on. Unique take on an Imperial Stout, overall enjoyable but I prefer the traditional style. fugitive (2005) - Athens, GREECE - JAN 30, 2015
Bottle. Color black with brown head. Aroma malt, some hop, citrus, chocolate Taste malt, citrus, roasted, bitter, chocolate. Travlr (24651) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Draft. Opaque maroon brown color, brown head. Aroma of cocoa powder. Taste is rich chocolate, espresso. Tasty. douglas88 (9174) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle from Beaumont. Pours a jet black color with a small brown head. Very viscous slick body. The aroma is big roast and coffee, charred wood, vanilla. This is one hell of a beer: massive smoke, char, dark fruit, toffee, vanilla, sweetness of course but the base here is a massive roast, metal, some heavy smoked dark fruit. Chewy at times. The tobacco in this is massive, leather. This tastes like a piece of meat left in a smoldering fire covered with coal and ash. Ummm. Yeah, that’s what I like! 4theluvofbeer (115) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
Dark pour with a thin tan head. Chocolate, coffee and vanilla aroma. Flavor starts with a chocolate sweetness and ends with a roasted bitter coffee taste. It was good but lacked a little depth.