MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2011
Gift from SJ. WOW! Imperial stout, my favorite.
Pours a thick black pour with beige head / reddish hues. Big aromas of roasted malt, cocoa, nuts and chocolate.
Big flavors of Oak, vanialla, chocolate and dark fruit. All tihs goodness wrapped in a perfect malted blend of heaven.
Scopey (16274) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2011
Bottle, thanks to generosity of tdtm82. 2008 Vintage. It pours opaque black with a thin dark tan head, The nose is charcoal, oak, leather, almond, marzipan, caramel, toffee and some dark berry. The taste is sesame seed, small amount of soy, charcoal, coconut, vanilla, some dark chocolate, sticky dark cherry, subtle wood notes, caramel and rich-roast coffee. It’s really, really smooth and the alcohol is well hidden. A very classy beer, not brash and sickeningly sweet like many imperial stouts. Mighty complex and just so well balanced. Looking forward to drinking this again in the future! hrking (141) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2011
Great well made stout not too heavy on anything with well balanced chocolate overtones smooth and dangerously drinkable. Perfect carbonation for a stout and this one could easily be a beer I could drink over and over again if it was more readily available. Thanks to an English gent for this one! Worth seeking out if you’re lucky enough.. 50belair (3700) - Florida, USA - APR 2, 2011
Bottle ’08 from a friend in foggy London town. Dark brown pour with a minuscule tan head. Expresso, wood and fudge aromas. The taste is silky smooth (think Shaft and I’m talking about Richard Roundtree not Samuel jackson) and sweet with amaretto, chocolate, molasses, toffee, and caramel malt flavors. Outstanding.....
chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Big thanks to Mike for letting us try this on a random Monday night...Pours dark brown with almost no carbonation at all, few bubbles here and there on the side of the tulip...The aroma to me smells like a really expensive bourbon, more of a spirit than a beer. Really nice oak, vanilla, bourbon, very buttery. I’d love this as a bourbon night cap, as a beer, I’m struggling with it...The taste is dead on with the aroma, very spirit like. Butter velvet feel and taste, lots of oak and bourbon.
Everyone else pretty much loved this, I just don’t get it. Its not beer like in aroma, taste or texture. Doesn’t necessarily taste bad, just not what I’m looking for. A rare tick probably worth trying but I would not actively search this out.
Countbeer (6589) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2011
Pitch black beer with some brown airy bubbles in the middle and some quick disappearing vast brown foam sticking on the glass.
Smell is a wonderfull soft and smooth mix of whiskey, some wood, vanilla, grains, slight hints of molasses, prunes and alcohol.
Wow the taste is really full and smooth: awesome mix of vanilla, roasted malts, whiskey, wood, espresso, bitterness, earth, light liquorice, some dark fruits, prunes, light raisiny, brown roasted sugars, hints of smoke and some grass. Sticky.
Aftertaste is a mix of bitterness, smooth whiskey/vanilla and espresso, and the aftertaste stays for a while.
Low to no carbo, full body, soft silky mouthfeel and oily texture.
Beautifull balanced and one hell of a beer! Rune (13748) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 13, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2013 275ml bottle, vintage 2008, trade with Craig in Edinburgh. Oily pour that reveals a low beige, bubbly layer and a deep, black body. Superb aroma of blackcurrant and sweet, earthy malts. Rich flavour of woody vanilla and chocolate followed by semi-bitter, dark fruits and berries entwined with warming alcohol. Long tail. Great sipper (Tromsø, 12.03.2011). chriso (7536) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2011
Many thanks to Fin&Loz&Isobel for this beer gift. Vintage 2005. Motor oily pour revealing a jet black body and a mocha-coloured head. Inviting aroma of cocoa chocolate and vanilla, semi dry. Fine blended flavours of smooth chocolate, dried fruits added by a spicy touch. Lingering bittersweet ending. Soft and gentle in the mouth. Delightful stuff (shared with Finn as a part of our mass online tasting, Tromsø 03.12.2013). (7-4-9-5-16).
275ml bottle (2002 vintage) at the Pigs Ear Beer Festival, London on 6 December 2006. Black with a thin beige head. Creamy, roasty aroma. Rich full flavour with aniseed and Pontefract cake licorice. Slightly spirity. Rich and smooth mouthfeel with a long finish. Packs a punch but alcohol is not too hot. Perhaps might have been a little better a year or two ago.
zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2011
(beer tasting @ Monty’s Krown - Rochester, NY: bottle - 330 ml - 2007 vintage) Inky black pour with almost no head or carbonation. Dark cherry and chocolate with a light roast. Flavor is about the same with more chocolate than actual roasted flavors. Smooth and creamy with very mild carbonation. Beautifully crafted and aged well. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 22, 2011
275 ml bottle courtesy of fonefan. Thanks!
Brewed 14Nov2006 best by 14Nov2001
It poured black with very little head. The flavor has notes of cherry chocolate and some creaminess. Very tasty. The finish has some alcohol notes. Would have loved to try it with a bit more carbonation.