overall
98
76
style
Brewed by Arbor
Style: Imperial Stout
Bristol, England
Serve in Snifter

bottled
available

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Occasional. Also available bottled conditioned.
A lot of thought has gone into this beer - weve been working on the recipe for well over a year! So, it started out as an Imperial Stout. How about a few oats? How about a hell of a lot of oats?! Some smoked malt maybe - just a little. All good so far. A few specialty German grains should round off the mash quite nicely. Then onto the boil. With our very own coffee roaster here in Bristol, it seemed a shame not to use them. We played around with a few samples from Brian Wogan Coffee and finally settled on some freshly roasted Brazilian Santos beans. Awesome coffee! Just needed something a bit chocolaty to finish it off. How about some chocolate? How about some organic raw cacao nibs?! Job done. Just a long slow fermenation and conditioning period and the result is outstanding.

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrjez (508) - Osaka, JAPAN - NOV 23, 2016
Bottle @ Lingua tasting, thanks to Mick. Pours near black with lots of tan lacing. A big inviting coffee aroma, plenty of chocolate, an undercurrent of oats. The flavour is roasted coffee over roasted dark malts with a dark bitter chocolate. Has a slight chalky feel but its smoothed out by the oats in the second half. Not too heavy, lingering bitterness. Tasty enjoyable stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4761) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 23, 2016
A brown so deep its almost black with a creamy tan head. Coffee, roasty, crisp burnt bacon and chipotle aroma. The taste is roasted coffee beans, a touch of pepper heat and some dark bitter chocolate. A roasted beast thats beautifully drinkable.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StoutHead (948) - DENMARK - OCT 30, 2016
Bottle. Pours black with a nice big brown head. An awesome aroma dominated by the chocolate and coffee. The taste is equally fantastic - all the usual suspects but with coffee and chocolate dominating. Id hoped for more body but hey - its "only" 7.4%. Carbonation is just right though. Smooth and very drinkable with a bitter chocolate-y finish. Phenomenal.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lonick (1773) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 25, 2016
Keg @The Hanging Bat, Edinburgh. [Ratings Backlog:Jan 2016] Pours black with a beige head which lasted all the way down. Nose is coffee, that is all i could get. taste is coffee, some dark chocolate, lots of coffee but its not as harsh as the nose.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
weordie (947) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2016
Pours black with a tan head. The aroma is just huge hits of roasted coffee. The flavour is a very bitter coffee, like a coffee that has been burnt. Its nice but Ive had better breakfast stouts.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ShivanDragon (3584) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2016
bottle, black with a nice brown head. Aroma of wheat, full dark chocolate, some milk chocolate, coffee, roasted and toasted malts. Taste has some vanilla, quite some coffee, roasted and toasted malts, slick/smooth, cacao, chocolate, oily trexture, low co2, long milkchocolate finsh, firm body, nice

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ManVsBeer (8809) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2016
Keg @ Victorian Craft Beer Caf, Halifax. Black with a thin off-white head. Has a robust roasted malt with a dry coffee flavour that lingers. Its not as stated in its aroma as its taste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrTipple (3814) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2015
Aroma: intense toasted malts, some molasses, weak coffee, cacao, chocolate. Appearance: black, hardly any head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: chocolate sweets continue, coffee, dark malts, light dark fruits, light bitter finish. Overall: beautiful Stout, outstanding palate. Pint at the White Horse, Parsons Green.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fombe89 (2389) - Asturias, SPAIN - OCT 22, 2015
On tap. @El Cabann, Avils 21/10/2015 Color negro, espuma beige, aromas cafe, torrefacto, sabor torrefacto, cuerpo medio.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamscoopa (2) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2015 does not count
Intense, rich and smooth. Largely coffee and chocolate tastes. Pretty tasty.


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