Arbor FF #21- Impy Stout

Formerly brewed at Arbor
Style: Imperial Stout
Bristol, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Cask, keg and bottled Occasional; Freestyle Fridays #21

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FaithHealer1 (358) - - NOV 28, 2012
Bottle from Beer Ritz, Leeds. Pours an inky black, small ring of coffee brown head. Aroma is beautiful - mocha, deep raisin and sultana notes, plums, coffee and chocolate. Taste is fantastic as well: rich chocolate, hop spice and coffee bitterness up front, with the dark fruits deep under there as well. A really nice clovey/cinnamon kinda thing, as well. Big, flavourful coffee aftertaste that lasts for years. Full, viscous body, flat with a little CO2 sparkle. Given Arbors inconsistency, its surprising that this is seriously, seriously good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (13702) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Bottle thanks to Leighton during RBWG. Pours a dark brown with small beige head. The aroma is roast and vanilla. Sweet malt and roast, very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marduk (7182) - Reval, ESTONIA - JAN 1, 2015
330ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Pitch black color. No head. Bisquits, wet socks, wooly, sweet, roast in aroma. Nice roast, nutty, spicy hops, bit ashy in taste. Soft carbonation. Nice roast in aftertaste. Nice one! Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuu666 (12532) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is chocolate, liquorice, dark fruits, taste is similar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Finn (7039) - Troms, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2014
Flaske 0,33l. Gave fra fonefan. Delt med Rune under seanse hos ham 27 Nov 13. Svart. Lavt mokkafarget skum. God sherryaroma. Lite kullsyre. Smaken sammensatt av plommer, svisker & sherry. Veldig godt integrert. Avslutter trt. Toppl! Hjertelig takk til Jan!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Short: An uncarbonated Bells Expedition clone

Origin: 330mL Size: 6oz Glass: Pizza Boy snifter Price: Gift Date: 1/21/14
Long: Thank you Leighton for this gem. Pours inky but totally flat with no bubbles or anything. Thick, syrupy, jet black stream of liquid. Nose is quite excellent with Bells Expedition like tar, vanilla extract, flashes of dry cured black olive, melted drinking chocolate. Taste is bitter dark chocolate, again it reminds me of Bells Expedition. Rich with a mouthful of unsweetened cocoa powder. Without any bubbles to brighten the palate, the end result is quite bitter and chalky, but no paper or any other flaws.
Flaws: Uncarbonated
Remedy: Carbonate that bitch

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (12071) - Troms, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2013
330ml bottle many thanks to fonefan for this beer gift. Shared with Finn. Coal black body with a deep ruby shade. Bubbly, low, tan-coloured head. Mild roasted, dark malts on the nose, herbal dry. Mid-sweet dark chocolate flavours joined by notes of coffee, and bittersweet dark fruits to a lingering finish. Full bodied. Strong beer with warming alcohol burning down the throat. Very nice sipper (Troms 27.11.2013).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
The_Osprey (7731) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2013
Bottle, BB yesterday (01/11/13) apparently, though Im sure this would age well over the next few years. Pours a viscous black, never threatens even the smallest head. Smell - oil, roast, marzipan, whisky. Body is smooth and quite big, really coats the mouth. Taste is chocolate and ash, dates, salty, some astringency and bitter tannins in the finish. Quite a hoppy impy, despite the age. Alcohol well hidden. Sticky and drying. Good. Im on a roll tonight.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansjelaah (1747) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2013
Gedronken @ RBESG 13 Grand Tasting, zwarte kleur met een bruine/crme kleurige schuimkraag, snel weg, ruikt en smaakt een beetje naar melk, chocolade, koffie, bitter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76 (24187) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2013
24th November 2012
Opaque dark brown beer, residual tan head. Smooth palate with no real carbonation. Semi sweet dark malts, smooth rich coffee. Trace of red berry fruits. Semi dry smooth finish. Really well joined up!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Martinus (4588) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2013
Black as night, tan head. Malty aroma, roasted malts, caramel, lots of chocolate, coffee. Bitter flavour, coffee, roasted malts, touch of hops, molasses. Bitter finish, roasted malts, dark chocolate.
(From 33cL bottle @ RBESG 2013 Grand Tasting, Bodegraven. Thanks for sharing, chriso & Boudicca!)

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