zacgillbanks (5429) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2017
Bottle from Binns, Darlington. 2001 Vintage aged for around 16 years and drank on 2017-01-01. Opaque inky black with no head at all and no carbonation. It has a very strong leather, oak and bitter chocolate flavour followed by a smooth dark chocolate, liquorice and leather finish. Pretty good considering the age. RichTheVillan (8110) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2016
Bottle as an Xmas gift from Sarkynorthener cheers Martin; black pour with a bubbly tan head, aroma has rich chocolate and some dark fruits, taste has deep roast, hints of liquorice, chocolate, dark fruits, some coffee. s_hartshorne (2796) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2016
Bottle shared with sarky northerner cheers Martin. Sour fruits dark malts treacle soy sauce and lots of spice nice sticky mouthfeel. Decent not my cup of tea a bit too much SarkyNorthener (4765) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2016
Bottle from beerhawk and shared with s_Hartshorne at the family Christmas gathering. Black beer with medium tan head. Aroma of roast malts and chocolate. Taste is sourish, roast malts, chocolate and some dark fruit. Full bodied. Very good. wheresthepath (2371) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2016
Bottle from the BeerHawk stand at the Good Food Show at Birmingham NEC. Black with a moderate brown head. Viscous yet ultra-smooth. Massive aromas and flavours- chocolate, red wine, leather, bitumen, blackberries and loads more. Hugely complex and satisfying, yet still strangely drinkable and more-ish. A fantastic beer.
uckelman (813) - Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2016
Pours black, totally opaque. No head. Very strong raisin aroma along with some sour notes. Basically smells like port. Not nearly as full bodied as I was anticipating. Somewhat mineral on the finish. Moderately sweet, but not cloying. Warming. sarauckelman (550) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2016
Strong sour aroma, really delightful. Deep dark brown, no head. Fierce, fiery, with a strongly alcoholic undertone (but not overdone). Sour and malty and just fantastic. Perfectly bodied. gopherfan99 (2000) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2016
Bottle; pours black with a ring of mocha foam around the edge of the glass; roasted aroma of malt, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla with hints of molasses and dark fruits; taste is slightly bitter with some roasted malt notes, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and hints of dark fruits and coffee, finish is bitter with hints of booze and slightly dry prawlie (1644) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2016
Bottle. Flat, no head. Vinous, dry . Smells ’spontaneous’, like a wild yeast has been used. Deep roast comes through at the finish. Its reasonable but not as exciting as I’d hoped for. tombyars (1749) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JUL 4, 2016
Tasted this at the Glasgow Real Ale Festival on the 24th June 2016. Cask, handpump dispense. Dull black in colour with a dark tan head which faded fast. Strong, vinous malty aroma with sweet sherry notes long on the nose. Thin but creamy mouthfeel and very poor lacing. Strong whack of complex dark malts deliver a smooth fruitloaf base. Expecting the traditional notes of coffee, treacle, liquorice and dark chocolate in this Imperial Stout but was completely thrown by this. Instead you have an intense, strong and sweet flavour of fruit with dates, raisins and sultanas very much in evidence. Struggling to find any evidence of hop resin in the aftertaste as malt completely dominates through to the finish. Strong imposing notes of Port come through in the mouth, giving warming booze notes laced with fermenting fruit. Thought this tasted far more like an Old Ale in style than an Imperial Stout. This was beer of the festival for me and was highly popular as it quickly ran out that night. Highly recommended.