john44 (3456) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2017 Scopey (16277) - Croydon, Greater London, - NOV 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at the 13th Egham Beer Fest. It pours opaque very dark brown with a small tan head. The nose is toast, soft dark fruit, chocolate, touch of manure, baking cocoa and earth. The taste is roasted malt, coffee, charcoal, dark chocolate, gateaux, dark fruit and earth with a dry, roasty finish. Full body, soft carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Nice chocolate aspect. Dangerously drinkable. An impressive brew from Downton.
Cask Half Pint at White Horse Old Ale Festival 2012, Parsons Green, London in Nov 2012 - Opaque Black in colour. Very malty: roasty/burnt malts, chocolate, roasted coffee, some liquorice, toffee. Fruity; some dark fruits, Hoppy; earthy and resinous hops. Tangy roast malty throughout. Decent. (2012-11-25)
Swaroga (2224) - Warszawa, POLAND - DEC 1, 2016
50cl bottle bought at the Winchester X-mas market. It has a dark brown, almost black color. There is almost no head. The body is very light for an RIS. It’s like whole milk with delicate bubbles. The flavors are light for this style. Much less intensive and welcoming then the aroma that vehicles strong toffee, vanilla, burned caramel, desert coffee, nuts etc. Taste ? Nothing like that. It tastes like a simple, watery stout with some alcohol in it. Still it doesn’t feel like 9%. But then It doesn’t feel like a 9% RIS .... SilkTork (5926) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2016
500ml dark bottle, unfiltered, from the brewer at Winchester Christmas Market. He said it was Roman in memory of his Italian grandmother who liked strong dark beers. It’s robust with a good body and some blackcurrant and chocolate flavours. There’s little sweetness - the dark roast asserts itself quite soon, followed by strong hops. It’s OK, drinkable, but just a little dry and heavy. There’s no awareness of this being an Imperial Stout, it’s more like a robust dry stout. There’s no sign of the abv, and none of the normal interesting balsamic vinegar flavour of a good Imperial Stout. For all the body and strength of flavour and alcohol, this is a little disappointing. More than that, the unredeeming bitterness and soberness is too much for me. Halfway through the bottle I have now given up, and put in two big spoons of sugar. That’s better! So, all in all, not my sort of beer. Shame, I was looking forward to it. johndoughty (5600) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2016
Bottle. Black with no head and virtually lifeless. Some chocolate and coffee flavours. Not one of the best examples of this style I have come across.Bought from the Christmas market at Salisbury. Lowenbrau (4815) - Asturias, SPAIN - NOV 20, 2014
500ml bottle @Wyndham Arms, Salisbury. 08-08-2014.
RichTheVillan (8457) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2014
In short: nice flat Imp. Stout.
Pours flat black, almost no head, no lacing. Roasty, chocolate, coffee aromas. Medium body, soft carbonation.Taste follows the nose. Viscous texture. Bitter aftertaste.Enjoyable.
Cask at the Wellington; dark brown pour with a bubbly dark tan head, sweet treacle aroma, taste has dark fruit, stewed plums, roast malts, coffee, a hint of chocolate. SaintMatty (7612) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2014
500ml Bottle - Black in colour. Plain chocolate, roasted malt and coffee in the aroma. Rich yet smooth taste with coffee and plain chocolate dominating and some slightly hoppy and soapy notes being noticeable in the finish. Beese (3306) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2014
Cask at the Le Gothique Wandsworth Beer Festival on 29 March 2012. Poured black, with a rocky tan head. Aroma was slightly subdued, but there was definite roasted malt, dark cocoa and slight Oxo. Thick, full palate. Dark fruit flavours, with oily bitterness and coffee. Finish was dark fruit, burnt malt and toasted bread. Mr_Pink_152 (5779) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2014
500ml bottle from the Grumpy Goat Reading. Black colour with a tiny beige head. aroma has Toasted malt, chocolate, and coffee coupled with a dark roast coffee flavour. downender (9008) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2014
Cask-conditioned, on gravity, at Bristol Beer Festival, March 2014. Near black with a thin, off-white head. Dense, roasted malts, some dark chocolate and a touch of hedgerow hops, before a toasty finish. Good.