DruncanVeasey (8226) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2012
Last tick from the ’12 Stouts’ selection box. That lasted all of 3 nights. Spectacular, glossy pour with a towering mousse of tan foam. Ridiculous, saliva-prompting aroma mingling blackcurrant, custard, strawberry bubblegum, bitter chocolate, coconut and expensive rum. Rummed-up, Malibu-streaked Caribbean cocktail flavour with plenty enough bitter chocolate and burnt toast to remind you you’re drinking a stout. Feels deceptively sessionable. Truly, a magnificent festive sipper and the pick of 12 way-above-average stouts. GhostHardware (9) - Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2012 does not count
330ml bottle direct from the brewery. Opaque, liquorice-black beer. Thin but lasting, light brown head with a tint of blood-red. Aroma roasted malt, milk chocolate, nice, earthy oak, slight dark fruit and just a touch of alcohol.Very tempting. Body full but not too viscous. Carbonation perfect (med/low). Flavours of chocolate and dark malt and berries. Lovely finish of oak tannins and bourbon. I’m in the barrel. Beautiful. Hermod (7844) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
33cl bottle, bbe 11/2015. gallows bird. Black color, brown head. Vanilla, oaky aroma, "innis&gunn" like. Flavor is vanilla, wood, roasted malt, alcohol. Super smooth. Very easy to drink. Too easy even. wow.best imperial in a while RexTalionis (3747) - FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle 33 cl, BBE 08/11/2015. Pours dark reddish brown, thick creamy tan head. Licorice mostly in aroma at first with some oaky barrel whiskey notes coming through. Loads of vanilla in aroma too. Bitter chocolate, vanilla and some roasted coffee notes in aftertaste as well. Really smooth and scaringly easy to drink. Sweet bourbon notes in finish. One of the better imperial stouts that has come around lately. DanielBrown (4502) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2013
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Brum. Supremely smooth mouthfeel - delightful. This is subtle, yet deliciously flavoured. I have no clue about whisky, but the flavour is unmistakeable here, and delicious. Not sure the base Impy is actually that spectacular, but with the barrel ageing it becomes very tasty.
tommann (3751) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2012
330ml bottle. Pours jet black with a diminishing tan head. Aroma is soft bourbon, oak and mint chocolate ice cream. Hints of banana foam sweets. Taste has milk chocolate to start. Bourbon and chocolate in the finish. Masks the alcohol. Countbeer (6592) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 1, 2013
Bottle: Thanks MadMitch: Served in a Chouffe glass: Deep dark brown to black pour. Medium to bigger sized brown foamy head, that is thick and slowly changing, on top of a black colored beer.
Aromas of bourbon, butter, vanilla, brett, some spices, oatmeal and roasted malts.
Flavours of bitters, vanilla, spices, roasted barley malts, wood, light butterscotch, hint of cacoa, butter, hint of yeast, creamy and bitter with a roasted backbone.
Aftertaste is a mix of bitters, spices, roasted malts, light creamy, butter, chalk and creamy.
Low carbo, soft creamy close to silky mouthfeel, full body and an oily light sticky texture.
Easy drinkable and just a bit of the Bourbon bit still a very good and even black colored. Theydon_Bois (19490) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2012
Bottle at home (from Bristol Beer Factory online) 04/12/12.
Mid black pour with a dirty tan head that clears to the edges as bubbles and leaves a small film atop the glass.
Nose is roast malts, milk chocolate, light wood, touch of bourbon.
Taste comprises roast malts, milk chocolate, wood tones, a little booze, molasses, a little leather.
Mouthfeel is par excellence - fine carbonation, smooth on the palate leading to a sweet and roasted boozey finish.
A really well made Imperial Stout in which the alcohol is well disguised. Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2012
12 stouts of Christmas 2012 tasting with Craig and Ben. Pours a very dark brown colour with a fair, light tan head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, oak, vanilla, caramel and roasty malt. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Lovely. Beersiveknown (5284) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle at home. Dark tar brown with fluffy tan head that soon collapses. Rich vanilla and coconut nose with an underlying hint of marmite. Gentle carbonation with cola first then tonnes of woody vanilla with some meaty yeast and soft cream cheese notes. Long sticky warming finish.