Brewed by Arbor
Style: Imperial Stout
Bristol, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
Cask; Occasional. Also available bottled conditioned.
A lot of thought has gone into this beer - we’ve 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
gowdy (1115) - Erskine, - MAR 23, 2013
Keg at the Hanging Bat. Dark (very) with off white, almost brown, and small head. Fairly heavy.

mudfly (89) - - JUL 23, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2017 Bottiglia 50cl, nera opaca con schiuma fine color nocciola. Malto tostato, caffè, cioccolato, corpo medio solido, una stout interessantissima.

hohops (1047) - Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2017
Appearance- pretty much black, opaque, a small beige head which quickly disappears. Aroma- lots of milk chocolate, rich coffee, toffee, fudge cake, cocoa powder, hints of vanilla, chocolate malt. Taste- lots of milk chocolate, cocoa powder, mixed with dusty roast coffee, chocolate fudge cake, roasted dark malt, sweet malt comes through towards the finish. Mouthfeel is full, the oat presence is very noticeable. Bittersweet moreish finish. Very good.

CacheManyHose (749) - HONG KONG - JUL 16, 2017
Pours an opaque brown-black with almost no head - tiny bit of tan fizz that fades. Lots of dark roast coffee, baking chocolate, biscuity sweet lightly syrupy lactose. Warming booze. Body has very dark roast acidity and light chocolate sweetness, but also a chalkiness/bicarbonate, faintly grassy with a boozy bite.

HKdIPA (832) - HONG KONG - JUL 16, 2017
Bottle from Brewcraft at home with shakshuka for lunch. Dark black pour, fine tan head. Aroma is coffee and roasted chocolate with some dark booziness. Taste is quite bitter raw chocolate with some coffee and booze. Palate a bit chalky unfortunately. Otherwise a very solid breakfast stout.

Nisse666 (7681) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2017
Bottle from Beer Gonzo cons 2017-06-18 Uddingston AR: coffe, hard roasted malt, pumpernickel bread AP: dark brown, stouty cream brown lid F: caramel, dark coffey with nice milk, bakers chocolate

imdownthepub (14983) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2017
Keg at The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer, Bristol, Gloucs. Very dark brown with cream head. There is a full, roasty body to this with a faint smoked, bacon like note, coffee grounds and chocolate come through with a touch of milkiness. Full on chocolate bitterness later along with alcohol. A really decent beer indeed.

ipabr (225) - Somerset, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2017
Yeah coffee and chocolate all over. I’m smoking atm so the flavour will be masked a little but it’s very good, not heavy but the burp reminds you its strong

colui72 (1071) - HONG KONG - FEB 24, 2017
Pours black with a small brown head, some legs. Aroma is all roasted coffee beans and cocoa. Very smooth to the palate, with some roast malts, oat, strong coffee and chocolate. Soft carbonation and good balance between sweet and bitter, taste increases as it warms up. Very nice stout, borderline with imperial.

john44 (3202) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2017
Cask Half Pint at White Horse Old Ale Festival 2012, Parsons Green, London in Nov 2015 - Black in colour. Small tan head. Very Malty; roasty malts, lots of coffee, espresso, oaty, some chocolate, caramel, smoke notes. Moderately bitter roast coffee malty throughout. Lacking depth and body for an Impy Stout, but it is a very good and tasty Coffee Stout! (2015-11-23)

Steven_B (249) - East Kilbride, SCOTLAND - DEC 27, 2016
Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is lots of coffee and hints of chocolate. Flavour is very similar with a nice smooth bitter finish. Enjoyable.

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