johndoughty (5438) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2013
Bottle. Black with a small head. Slightly sweet with traces of liquorice and chocolate. Very well balanced and dangerous because it doesn’t drink like a ten per center. Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - NOV 6, 2013
11/5/2013. From bottle. Pours black with a beige head. Aromas of sweet roasted malt, caramel, licorice and spice. Smoky flavors with lots of malt, chocolate. Finishes bitter. Excellent stout. Hanoi (951) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2013
2012: Nose is sweet smoke, treacle, caramel, cherry, figs, plum, very inviting. Taste is smoke, leading to treacle, figs, plum, sugar, pears and coffee. It’s got a thick cream like mouthfeel. Very enjoyable I’d like to try a bottle which has been aged. Bahumat (159) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 3, 2013
Wow! This is a big beer, well deserving of the Imperial title. Big chocolate and malt roast aromas, beautiful black pour with a thin, lingering tan head. Taste is intensely roasted malt but not at all burnt; with smokey chocolate and lingering medium coffee notes. The palate is perhaps the only letdown of the beer; while silky-smooth and wonderful on the tongue and teeth, the lack of any apparent carbonation except for long-lingering fizz drags this score down.
Overall? An unstoppable stout, definitely due to be a favourite for those who enjoy their stouts heavily roasted and sweet. Definitely well worth a 4+ rating. Radek Kliber (7359) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 28, 2013
Where and how: Cask Days 2013
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2013
Aroma medium intense. Semi- dry malty with very slight smoke hint on caramel base. Hinted alcohol at end.
Top: medium sized , off-white.
Base: hazy garnet.
Palate : medium full bodied. easy going for size. Lighter carbonation with average plus finish.
Taste: complex malty blend accented by plums , biscuit. Drying feel of alcohol. Still overall quiet mild.
Other notes refined feel.
Several bottles/glasses at the Amsterdam/Young and Wells Brewers dinner (a million thanks to Iain for the invite). Deep dark brown pour with a creamy tan head. The nose is awesome. Loads of dark plum, cherry and some heavy charry roastiness. Lightly boozy with intensely chewy malt along with a touch of raisin and some ashy notes. Intense and chewy with a lot of lingering sweetness. Absolutely delicious. jercraigs (10365) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2013
2013-10-19. Black body with a quick tan head. 3+ Aroma of dark malt, lightly alcoholic with a sort of a green hop accent and a weird mix of something I can’t place. 7+ Flavour is a touch odd as well, sweet dark malt base, light roast and an odd not quite peppery undertone to it that eventually turns to a chocolatey cocoa quality. Average plus bodied palate, low carbonation. Bit disappointing given its reputation and my expectations but still decent. I look forward to trying it again in a bottle sometime. Session 2, Cask Days 2013, Torontosolidfunk (8941) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 22, 2013
"So there’s no simple explanation for anything important any of us do
and yea the human tragedy consists in the necessity of living with the consequences" - Gord Downie
Pours syrupy thick black, like coffee. Aromas of dark chocolate, espresso. Thick on palate with a light dose of syrup. Candied and roast malt, sweet and bitter finish. Great mix of stuff. Some booze as well, but well-disguised. Candied apple as well. Cask Days 2013. lukin (627) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2013
cask. Deep black, dark brown foamy head. Espresso, chocolate, sour berries? Very interesting. Lubiere (13900) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2013
A deep dark stout with a thin mocha head. In aroma, smooth sweet fruity chocolate malt with light bourbon notes, and light cork. In mouth, a superb sweet fruity chocolate malt with light licorice, treacle, alcohol warmth and iodine, quite well done. Cask Days 2013.