RATINGS: 2155   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
A fine companion to end a meal or relax in front of the hearth with, this robust ale will cellar well for years. Brewed with ten varieties of malted barley this stout is extremely smooth, complex and rich in body. We recommend serving at cellar temperature. Sit back and enjoy its richness and complexity, you’re about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jd10 (68) - Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA - APR 14, 2013
black pour with small, dark brown head; obviously quite viscous. aroma is is chocolate (bittersweet and milk), roast, and maybe a touch of coffee. rich, thick texture, with strong tar and smoke notes up front. follows with chocolate, coffee, and caramel, with a bitter finish of hops and coffee.

GoufCustom (2007) - HONG KONG - JUL 28, 2017

355 ml bottle bought at HK Brewcraft in Central.

Looks: Opaque deep brownish black colour; Less than one-quarter finger head with residual soapy dark beige foam which fades in 30 seconds; Very good sticky lacing with no carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant dark malt, with very strong roastyness, strong dark chocolate / cocoa powder, strong caramel, strong sticky toffee, red fruits, cream, alcohol, floral, strong molasses, spices, earth, biscuits, light lemon and grass. Rich as hell!

Taste: Mid to strong sweet rich dark malt, with very strong roastyness, nuts, burnt toast, strong caramel, toffee, strong black coffee, strong dark chocolate, alcohol, liquorices, floral, strong molasses, strong spices, earth, herbs, biscuits, lemon, strong bitter hops and sharp grass.

Body: Full body. Oily palate.

Mouth Feel: Rich dark maltyness in a thick and very slick background. Loads of roastyness from start to finish. Good burnt toast pairs with caramel and toffee, combined with tasty strong black coffee and dark chocolate. Flowery with strong sweetness, spicy earthy biscuit with herbal lemon to round. Very fulfilling!

Alcohol: the 10.5% booze is notable but not too domineering, with liquorices contributed some of the bitterness. Quite easily for a RIS. Not bad!

Hoppiness: Floral, spices, earth, light lemon and grass in nose. Floral, strong spices, earth, herbs, lemon and sharp grass in taste; Bitterness - burnt malt, liquorices and hops - is strong for a lasting, high astringent sweet-bitter roast malty finish.

After Taste: Fairly Dry. Herbal spicy and strong bitter to mouth.

Comments: This pure RIS is damn rich in hot chocolate araoma, nice burnt toast roasty malty taste, not too boozy, with a nice herbal hoppy finish. It doen?y need any barrel aging and it?s impressively dark and lovable. Highly recommended!

nutjes (965) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - JUL 11, 2017
35,5cl-fles van bij saveur-biere.com U: Zwart met een donkerbruine schuimkraag. G: Chocolade, koffie en geroosterd. Alles wat een RIS moet hebben. S: Zoet met een mooie moutbitterheid. Geroosterd, koffie en chocolade. M: Volmondig, sticky en lichte carbonatie.

MrTipple (5017) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2017
Dark, intense chocolate, dark, most pralines, cacao nibs, dark toasted malts, sweet bourbon, toffee, caramel, alcohol. Hazy, very dark brown, small, creamy, beige head. Light bitter and bitter. More dark chocolate, dark, sweet, toasted malts, soft carbonation, full bodied. Beautiful Impy, rich and complex. Keg at The Understudy, Waterloo.

VDuquerroux (1691) - Airvault, Haut-Poitou, FRANCE - JUN 28, 2017
Bottle, 355mL. Home. A shining pitch black beer with a big oily brown foamy head ; good retention. Roast, black chocolate (+), coffee, alcohol, toasty notes. Medium round sweet, medium to sharp dry bitter, warming background. Full body, oily creamy texture, soft carbonation, roasty chocolate dry lasting strong finish. Overall, delciious :)

ardeo (430) - Flémalle, BELGIUM - JUN 19, 2017
Bottle. Liquide épais, noir, visqueux avec mousse brune abondante et stable laissant des dentelles sur mon verre ’tulip’. Fines bulles. Arômes : café, réglisse, raisin, vanille ensuite porto, fumé, un peu chocolat. Saveurs : frais, sur le café, les malts torréfiés, l’alcool et une impériale amertume. Costaude cette excellente Impy !

DougsBeer (12) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 17, 2017
These are my comments I hope they are 75 characters long. Apparently they are not. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

ZodiacM (1190) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2017
LCI. Uit de fles geschonken. Mooie imp stout, smaken van geroosterde mout, chocola en koffie. Medium dikke textuur, mooie volle smaak. Heerlijk!

nogva (82) - NORWAY - JUN 3, 2017
Pours blacker than the innermost parts of Khazad-dûm with a brown creamy head that dissipates quickly leaving only a thin lacing. Rich aroma of coffee, brown sugar, burnt wood, some alcohol and even the sea. Full body, oily feel, soft carbonation. Intense taste of salty licorice, bitter chocolate, roasted malt, cough syrup and a touch of dark fruits(?) with a dry and intense finish. Beware of the ABV ’cause this is seriously drinkable!

josanguapo (1685) - SPAIN - JUN 1, 2017
From Mikkeller Shop. In Teku glass. Watching Looper. Amazing in all aspects. Thick, with a delicious dark fruits profile. I found myself drinking it in small sips so that it never ends

alteregoo (1453) - Kalisz, POLAND - JUN 1, 2017
Piana brązowa, obfita, drobna i trwała. Kolor czarny jak smoła, nieprzejrzysty. W zapachu głównie intensywne nuty palone, kawowe, truflowe i toffi. W smaku słodkie, gładkie, są praliny, kakao, karmelki, kawa, jest likier karmelowy a w kontrze tytoniowo palona, dość wysoka i długa goryczka. Wysycenie nieco powyżej niskiego, w odbiorze dość gęste, oleiste, lekko wyklejające, z mocno rozgrzewającym alkoholem.
Bardzo intensywny, wręcz agresywny w odbiorze RIS, aczkolwiek z miękką, aksamitną fakturą. Chyba najbardziej przypomina mi pierwsze, najlepsze warki Black z Mikkellera...

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