chrisv10 (17288) - DENMARK - FEB 28, 2010
50 cl bottle. Almost black body with small tan head. Flavour is roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. planky84 (3214) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2010
Bottle from Kris Wines. Pitch black beer with no head. Aromas of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, ginger, burnt wood, roasted malts, caramel. Interesting. Flavours of coffee, caramel, butterscotch,licorice, dark chocolate, quite vinous. Man alive! You can certainly feel the alcohol in this one. Good throat warming qualities. Dry, warm finish. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2009
Cask Stillage from the Cellar at the Prince Of Wales, Foxfield 03/10/2009
Big coffee roast and fruit aromas. Black rich on the palate strong in alcohol and a little sweet on the palate. A little dryness in a crisp bitter and warming chocolate and vanilla malt finish. jonno (2751) - JAPAN - OCT 24, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2009 2005 bottle. Nose is of burnt wood, chocolate and vinious qualities. Reasonably intense. Pitch black pour with no head. Mouthfeel is silky. Flavour profile of chocolate, coffee and a bit of port. Not quite as good as the nose. A short finish. Well made Impy, but certainly not earth shattering. MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2009
Bottle (500ml). Poured black with a good sized dense, tanned, frothy head which lasted very well. A complex aroma with notes of treacle, roasted malts, toast, smoke, coffee beans, Belgian truffles, raisins and fleshly ground black pepper. Flavor was of toasted malts with a good level of bitterness, lactic/sour milk notes, bitter black coffee, large notes of black pepper, homemade liquorice, molasses, dark rum & raisin chocolate, currents, pleasant earthy notes and a superb dry finish. Noticeable alcohol content. Very full bodied with soft carbonation, an oily texture, thick/ chewy mouthfeel and a long finish. A truly remarkable Imperial Stout.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2009
Bottle. Pours Almost jet black with a slight tan head that is gone almost instantly. Aroma strongly features cherry, chocolate, boiled sweets. Tastes nowhere near as sweet as the nose suggests but has a beautifully rounded flavour. A very smooth, creamy palate reveals caramel, cocoa, cherry liqueur chocolate, vanilla, with the slightest hint of saltiness. Alcohol very well hidden. Fairly complex stout that goes excellently with desserts like creme brulee and sticky date pudding. Highly recommended. Christian (13605) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2009
Black with a lasting off-white head. Fruity aroma with dates and figs. Sweet caramel flavour with fruity notes. RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2009
500ml Bottle, Rehills, Newcastle. Deeply chocolatey and rich. Instantly warming with a fruity, vineous flavour.There’s cough mixture, treacle, cherry and fruit cake all prominent in this amazing beer and the strong, sharp aroma of malt whisky creeps in, late on. The alcohol doesn’t smack you in the face but is superbly balanced. A perfect winter ale that tastes great in mid June and has that high quality Durham aroma and taste. DruncanVeasey (8225) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2009
Bottle from St. Aidan’s Winery, Holy Island. Satin coal pour with a narrow ivory lid persisting for seconds. Cherry liqueur chocolates from a metre away aroma dusting with coal, cakey banana and booze. The alcohol smacks you in the face but the cushioning black cherry, roast, chocolate and sulphur make you realise you can handle it. Flimsy English body, but close your eyes and you could almost be being attacked by a Belgian. In a habit. Bite of English coal, bittersweet liquorice, raisiny cocoa and marzipan mashed up with roasted barley. Ends up belonging in a pint pot, not the gold-rimmed Westvleteren snifter. Bog standard smoky English stout, with the alcohol turned up to ten. Seriously enjoyable. Muggus69 (2435) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - MAY 3, 2009
500ml bottle. BB Dec 2010
Opaque pitch black body, small bit of tan collar atop.
Vinous aroma, bit of dried fruit and sherry, rich roasted malts, vegemite yeastiness, touch of alcohol.
Oily texture, full bodied though not as lengthy as you’d expect from the strength, reasonably low carbonation. Alcohol and grain astringency well masked.
Smooth flavour of roasted malts and vinous aged complexities. Dark chocolate, liquorice, berry fruits, and other dark fruits. Notes of wood, sherry towards a slightly warming finish with mild drying bitterness.
Big rich ale with a definitive aged character and smoothness.