CraftBeerNick (2829) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2012
Bottle at home watching bonfire night fireworks, 10th November 2012, been looking forward to this one, poured a pitch black, small smooth head, aroma is rich, liquorice, tar, caramel, some coffee. Taste is salty liquorice initially, some smooth whiskey undertones some oak, drinks smoothly and easily. Very good impi stout yespr (47567) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2012
33 cl bottle. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty and smooth whiskey. Smooth roasted malty, bitter and chocolate malty. Bitter, dark roasted and dense chocolate. Smooth and light whiskey finish. stravale (3145) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - OCT 18, 2012
Bottle @ Caley, Edinburgh 171012 BBF Tap Takeover
FatPhil (17080) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 28, 2012
Thanks to the guys at BBF for the tasting!
Pitch black, slight lacing
Aroma - soft whisky nose, soft dark malts, some chocolate, light liquorice
Taste - soft dark roast malts, liquorice, soft whisky which is not over done here, fruity dark malts, this is quite fruity...sweet rich dark fruity malts...mellow...not overly complex though to me
Palate - soft carb, bit sticky, medium to full body. Finish - smooth fruity dark malts, red berries, soft speyside whisky
Overall - Mellow smooth fruity smooth imperial stout with a well done soft whisky
330ml bottle (Bottle Shop, Canterbury)tommann (3948) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2012
Rich stout roast, wafts of anonymous whisky. Sweet, a touch chocolatey. And that’s just the aroma. Jet balck, tight persistent tan head. Super smooth palate, lovely gentle carbonation. Soft milkt feel, Luscious. Taste is just like the aroma, but with a touch more whisky perhaps. Chocolate cake-like in places. Finish heavily burnt, a bit bitter, but not stringent or ashy. Whisky kept well restrained. Beautiful balance. 10.2% well hidden. So well crafted, no flaws at all. While much of the world is doing charicatured whisky beers which taste like they just cracked a bottle of teachers into the vat, this is a shining example of how to do it well. World class.
330ml bottle. Pours jet black with a thin head. Aroma is mild chocolate and roast, with some faint whisky. Taste has some chocolate to start and a warming, subtle whisky finish. Not intense, easy drinking.
Leighton (22307) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2012
Bottle at Pat’s Birthday Tasting at Chriso’s, London. Pours oily black-brown with a faint foam head. Subtle wood and hard alcohol aroma. Great flavor, with the barrel aging supplementing rather than dominating the character of the stout. Rich chocolate and moderate roast, some burnt wood and mild earth. Medium to full in body with soft, fine carbonation. Slight warmth at the end with a mild booze sting, some moderate roast and good chocolate. Very solid imperial stout. GhostHardware (9) - Maryland, USA - MAY 26, 2012 does not count
330 ml bottle direct from the brewery. With a high pour one can rouse a thin coffee-coloured head that lasts. Beer is black as night. Hot, whisky and dark, roasted aroma. Mouthfeel is thick and full. Burnt and bitter gives way to a lovely, fiery whisky flavour and heat that lingers. Unquestionable whisky content. Rich, satisfying, and dangerous. The perfect nightcap. jackl (8423) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2012
Bottle at Scopey’s Pre-CBC tune-up. The pour’s deep brown with a tiny tan head. The nose is mild bourbon wood and deep milk chocolate sweetness. It’s a light nose, but I also get some leather and salty driftwood. The taste is lightly tangy sugary whiskey backed up by large notes of deep chocolate and harvest fruits. The beer’s lightly vinous, full-bodied and strong. Overall, one of the better Bristol stouts I tried on the night. Scopey (15725) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2012
Bottle at my Pre-CBC Tune-Up Tasting. It pours very dark brown, with a thin beige head. The nose is honey, whisky, vanilla, marshmallow and toasted coconut. The taste is roasted malt, charcoal, caramel, toffee, toast, marshmallow, whisky, honey and citrus peel, with a long warming finish. Medium-full body and moderate carbonation. I really enjoyed this one, the Glenlivet comes through pretty well. DruncanVeasey (8283) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2012
UPDATED: APR 23, 2012 330ml bottle from Alexander Wines, Coventry. Glossy black with a loose-bubbled tan head. Brackish, coal-dusted, Baltic aroma with underlying bramble and coffee. Sweet and warming with a dominant liquorice character tipping into occasional sourness. The liquorice is somewhat overpowering. Decent brew with streaks of sweet oak, spiritous heat, TCP and blackcurrant...but a touch too Allsorts-flavoured for my liking.