Brewed by Fullerís
Style: Imperial Stout
London, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 399   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 321   ABV: 10.7%
Mainly bottle conditioned; Special. Has been seen on cask.

This limited edition brew is a unique collaboration between brewery and beer writer. Melissa Cole brought her vast experience to the tasting table and helped us deliver a stout worth writing home about.

Brewed in the traditional style that became a favourite royal court, this limited edition Imperial Stout has been specially created as a single brew. In a unique addition to the historic recipe, the floral character of the Centennial hops is enhanced by the inclusion of rose buds, lending a hint of Turkish delight flavour to the beer. This Imperial Stout has a rich, dark appearance with strong chocolate and deep cherry notes which lead to a lighter, bitter finish.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VamboladeTolly (1877) - Tartu, ESTONIA - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle @ deTolly, Tartu. Pours dark brown with nice brown head. Aroma is bitter, coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark riped berries, slight toffee, sweet dark plums, raisins, Taste is is bitter with some sweetness, coffee, roasted, toffee, dark chocolate, some water in taste, slight alcohol. Full bode, Coffee bitter finish. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoufCustom (1920) - HONG KONG - OCT 3, 2015

500 ml boxed bottle bought at Gorgeous Wine & Cigar in Yuen Long.

Looks: Clear deep blackish brown colour with a thin ring of yeast sediments; One finger head with crumpety beige foam which lasted for 90 seconds; Excellent sticky lacing with barely notable slight carbonation.

Aroma: Rich, fragrant and sweet strongly-roasted malt, with plum, strong caramel and toffee, cream, floral, dark chocolate, sugar, quite strong alcohol, yeast and light grass. Complex and subtle!

Taste: Strong sweet, strongly-roasted dark malt, with strong black coffee, dark chocolate, strong plums, strong burnt toast, strong caramel, soy sauce, sugar, strong alcohol, yeast, liquorice, strong lemon, strong bitter hops and sharp grass. Impressive!

Body: Medium body; Quite thin but slick palate.

Mouth Feel: Dark malt attack right away! Very strong and roasty, yet in a rather thin background. Complex taste starts with initially strong soy sauce, then the cream, sugar, strong booze and liquorices, followed by strong plums, burnt toast, lemony bitter hops, strong black coffee and caramel. Not much rose bud or oatís smoothness. You can identify all the taste sequentially. The 10.7% booze is very well hidden, easy to go down with strong liquorice and no knock-on. Very nice!

Hoppiness: Floral and light grass in nose. Strong lemon and sharp grass in taste; Bitterness is already strong and boosted by roasty maltís burnt toast for a lasting, high astringent sweet-bitter finish.

After Taste: Slightly dry. Very roasty, sweet and malty to mouth.

Comments: When it comes to big beers, Fullerís seems to do them majestically. With this RIS, its aroma and taste are intense and complex at all fronts, yet without going mind-blistering like the American craft brews. The best thing is that it can be subtle when it matters, namely the booze, citrusy hops, sweetness and even malt richness. It doesnít hit me as much as North Coastís Old Rasputin, but itís definitely a classy RIS, and I love it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kajser27 (1707) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 27, 2015
Pitch black colored, moderate tan creamy lasting head. Aroma is very strong on licorice and dark fruits, chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is moderate to strong sweet chocolate and roasted malt, tar, strong licorice, dark fruits, roasted dry finish, moderate bitterness, alcohol and alcohol warming sensation. Full bodied and thick, moderate carbonation. (bottle,Pivoljub, Ljubljana, SLO)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LomYst (872) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2015
Geweldige stout... dik olieachtig maar heel drinkbaar, aroma vol chocola koffie en gebrande mout en donker fruit, mooie balans...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
simonblaine (576) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 15, 2015
Pours black, medium sized head. Aroma of cherry chocolate. Taste is licorice, dark cherries, rum, chocolate. Thick mouth feel, very little carbonation. Strong finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kauge (1879) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 13, 2015
Bottle at Hell Hunt in Tallinn (Ä 10). BB 2023. Full on black. Thick dark beigeish head. Drops rather quickly, leaving a thin layer. Really roasty, plums and balsamic sauce, only slightly alcoholic at first, more later on. Thick, sticky, sweet, light, grainy palate. Nettley herbal bitterness in the finish. Itís very good but far from being excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hrabren (1144) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 13, 2015
Bottle from Pivoteka, Zagreb. Thanks Vi?nja 666! Black with ruby tint, small to medium lasting tan head. Roasty, caramel, smoke, barrel, nuts, dry fruits, chocolate. Barrel aroma deeply present. Wood, nuts, heavily roasted, background hops. Alcohol well hidden, although present in the finish. Woody dryness. Medium to full body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DYCSoccer17 (3683) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 11, 2015
500mL bottle purchased at Viti in Vancouver, BC. The aroma on this is very nice with hints of molasses and vanilla extract. Some chocolate is also present as well as an oxidized envelope glue like note. Quite pleasant and very quaffable. Scantly transparent dark mahogany body present with a small, khaki-colored head. Starts with a hefty, full-bodied sweet roastiness with lots of dark chocolate. The middle has some wood and a little oxidation present. Finishes with a bit of an interesting almost saltiness. Could stand to have just a little more carbonation. Warming. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
klm1 (1412) - Bled/SF, - SEP 3, 2015
Pours oily black opaque colour with creamy, stable brown head. Aroma with mild noticable alcohol and with hints of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Flavor: alcohol is mild noticable, with strong note of coffee and chocolate, hints of vanilla, dried dark fruits. Malt sweetness is medium, hop bitterness also ( esters of dark fruits and grapefruit). Body is mouth-coating, carbonation is low. Very proper imperial stout, made in modern english manire, but still somehow one-dimensional in comparison with very best examples of its style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlackerMads (3296) - DENMARK - AUG 22, 2015
Bottle. Black with a large brown head. Nose has molasses, chalk, chocolate, roasted malt, light caramel. The flavour is more roasted that expected from the nose. Wood, vanilla, roasted malt, charcoal, cocoa, brown sugar. Full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Light salty, filling sweetness, balanced bitterness, warming alcohol. Good.

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