stevebristol (2) - BRISTOL, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2017 Bottle from brewery kept until yesterday. I pours very very dark brown to black with very transient brown head. Very low carbonation. Aroma of roast malts and slight coffee hint. Tastes of roast and other dark malts much more subdued than previous tasting some while back. Flavours persist for a long time giving time to enjoy and savour. The mouthfeel is oily and 'feels' dark on the tongue. It has developed over the years into something special. Looking forward to trying one of the last bottles in another year or so. tkrjukoff (4334) - SWEDEN - SEP 16, 2012
Tap @ Seven Stars. 6 month BA ipmerial stout that just happened to be on tap when I popped in the pub. my lucky day it was. Pours oily pitch black with a small creamy brownish head leaving small laces. Aroma is intense fruity, a bit boozy, roasted malty a bit acidy sweet dark fruits fidges coffee and chocolate all in a fantastic mix of barrel character. Flavor is velvety smooth, just like aroma, a mix and well balanced orchestra of sweet bitter roasted malts fruits... you name it. Finishes with a longlived bitter roasted fruity sweet aftertaste. Did return 2 days later for another glass of this superb brew. dantheman278 (1365) - SCOTLAND - NOV 18, 2012
Keg at Hanging Bat. Viscous jet black, thin tan head. Nose is a face full of stewed fruits, big cocoa, charred malts, surprising cherry fruit too. Super rich, sweet chocolate, big stewed fruits, amazing thick viscous body, loads of deep sweet coffee flavours, long luxurious boozy roasty finish that almost gets cloying but not quite. Sublime! FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2012
Bottle from Beer Ritz, Leeds. Pours an inky black, small ring of coffee brown head. Aroma is beautiful - mocha, deep raisin and sultana notes, plums, coffee and chocolate. Taste is fantastic as well: rich chocolate, hop spice and coffee bitterness up front, with the dark fruits deep under there as well. A really nice clovey/cinnamon kinda thing, as well. Big, flavourful coffee aftertaste that lasts for years. Full, viscous body, flat with a little CO2 sparkle. Given Arbor’s inconsistency, it’s surprising that this is seriously, seriously good. rlgk (18843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2013
Bottle from Kris Wines, London. Pitch black beer with an ok brownish head. Roasted caramel aroma, vanilla, chocolate, creamy, cocoa powder, licorice notes, hazelnuts, toffee, coffee, cookie dough, raisins, soot, some alcohol, some prunes. Roasted cocoa powder flavor, raisins, prunes, vanilla, warming alcohol, salty, soot, coffee notes, creamy, chocolate, some woody notes. Full bodied. Very nice roasted finish with prunes, soot, tar, chocolate and some bitterness. Lovely beer!
bbblood (35) - - JAN 18, 2013
Chocolate and malts are kicking down the door. Quite fortified caramel, roasty, chocolate, coffee, tastes with a heavy alcohol punch. Dry finish licorice notes. Lovely beer! 77ships (11482) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 1, 2013
50 cl. bottle sampled @ RBESG 2013. Thx! to chriso & Boudicca. A Freestyle Fridays brew – a beer brewed with left-over ingredients from the week. Black with mocha bubbles on the sides. Nose is very sweet creamy mocha, vanilla, cold coffee, very nice. Taste is sweet mocha, brown sugar, touch liquorish, some bitter roast, chocolate & cacao, light herbs in the finish, very dry, almost hint of ash. Creamy body, mmm very nice, great leftovers. caesar (7401) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 30, 2013
Bottled @ RBESG 2013 Grand Tasting. Dark color, short head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolat, mocha, fruity yeast. Taste is sweet with biscuity malts, bit grainy. Very bitter palate. Reminds me of the Kernel Imperial Brown Stout, which is one of my favorites. Great stuff! Countbeer (6589) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2013
Bottle @ RBESG’13 Grand Tasting @ De Molen: Served in a Molen taster: Thanks for sharing chriso/Boudicca:
Medium to what smaller sized brown dark beige foamy hea that changes into some bubbles on top of a really black colored beer.
Aroma is mix of mealy with roast, cream, chalk, barley roast, cacoa, chococlate and soya.
Flavours are a mix of roast, coffee, barley roast, good bitter, creamy, some liquorice and dark chocolate. Round and dark!
Aftertaste is a mix of coffee, roast, barley roast, bitter, some dark chocolate and cream. Really good.
Low carbo, soft silky mouthfeel, full body and a creamy texture.
Smooth, dark and balanced!
Jacob23_5 (128) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with thin tan head. Amazing nose, coffee/dark chocolate with a buttery edge, very rich. Tastes (perhaps surprisingly) bitter, with layers of nuts, sweet but not too much so, rounded. Really great beer, very complex and very enjoyable.