The_Osprey (9120) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2016
Bottle share at Leighton’s, many thanks to our host! As ’Loch Ness Prince of DarkNESS’, 10%. Black, foamy brown head, dotted lacing. Aroma is pine, dark chocolate, meaty sugars. Body is a little frothy, soft carbonation. Taste is toasted brown breads, liquorice, spicy finish. Quite smooth with a rounded flavour. Tasty. Grew on me quite a lot. Theydon_Bois (20607) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2016
Bottle at LKS Heights, thanks to LKS, 14/04/16.
Pitch black topped with a dirty tan head.
Nose is rich roast, dark fruit rinds, Xmas cake, chocolate, light charr.
Taste comprises chocolate, roast malt, molasses, earthy hop notes, fruit loaf.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close with light warming alcohol.
Decent old skool impy. madmitch76 (25537) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2016
14th April 2016mR_fr0g (13475) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2016
Bottleshare at Mr Smith’s pad. Thanks to Leighton. Opaque dark brown beer, thin pale tan head. Palate is smooth and semi dry, reasonable fine carbonation. Tangy dark malts, a little dark chocolate. Mild coffee. Spicy licorice. Light semi dry finish. Okay.
Bottle shared at Leighton’s place 14/04/2016. Many thanks to Leighton for this one. . Pitch black viscous pour with a lasting ING really dark tan head. Aroma is sweet roast, damp, smokey whiskey, sea salt. Palate is viscous silky, full bodied, lowish carbonation. Very smooth. Flavour is composed of rich dark choc, tart cherry fruit, berry. Black forest gateau. Very good. teorn88 (8066) - Rimini, ITALY - APR 15, 2016
33cl bottle shared at the mid-April tasting @Leighton’s. Many thanks to Leighton for this one. It pours a dark brown color with a minimal brown head. Aroma is rich chocolatey and roasty with cocoa nibs and red berries. Taste is sweet upfront and then sharp bitter with more cocoa and roasted malts. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, tasty
Leighton (22301) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2016
Bottle shared in W2 - picked up at some bottle shop. Pours oily black with a frothy beige head. Big burnt wood in the nose, some charred herbs, dark chocolate. Medium sweet flavour with strong ashy roast, bitter baking cocoa, aged charred wood, scorched earth, old raisins. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly chewy. Somewhat warming on the finish, with more bitter charred wood, baking cocoa, earth, aged berries. A bit rough-edged but not bad. Iznogud (4322) - CROATIA - MAR 2, 2016
Cask, at the Plockton Hotel real ale festival. Pours black with tan had. Roasted malts, coffee, hint of alcohol, bit acidic, bitter finish. Medium to full bodied. Not an easy one to drink. Expected more really. PotjeBier (3734) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 4, 2015
Gravity cask @ In De Wildeman. Black color. Frothy beige head, with quite good retention (!). Aroma’s: chocolate, dark berries, roasted malts. Warming up, the berries become less apparent and there’s more roast. Retronasal it’s roasted, umami, moderare bitter, dark chocolate, mocha. Flavor is light sweet, roasted, umami, cocoa. Alcohol feel is rather mild, body is medium, carbonation is low. Finishes with lots of roast, ground coffee, dark chocolate, light bitter. Quite complex and a classic UK Imperial Russian Stout. nihtila (3912) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2015
Cask at SRAF. Pours black, tiny brown head, oily texture. Nose is roasted malts, plenty of malts, quite muted for the abv. Taste is very malty, cocoa powder, chocolate, light liquorice. A bit watery for the abv, dry cocoa roasty. AshtonMcCobb (6897) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 10, 2015
On cask at the sraf. Close to opaque black with a nice crema head. Dark chocolate and booze. Rich dark chocolate with a coconut underbelly. Big tar finish. It’s not elegant but there is beauty.