overall
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99
style
Brewed by Old Chimneys
Style: Imperial Stout
Diss, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 445   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Bottle; Unfiltered.

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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bobinlondon (1294) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2011 Bottle bought for me at the brewery by close friends. Almost black with a modest tan head which left delicate lace work. Good soft carbonation and very rounded flavour. Roasted malts, chocolate and vanilla combine with subtle hops to create the most drinkable variation of this style that I have tried to date. A perfect beer to see in my 50th birthday and celebrate my 1000th beer rating.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - SEP 2, 2010
big thanks to madmitch76 for this one! 07 vintage. pours brown/black and viscous with very little head to it, only a 2-3mm skimming of dark brown. aroma is smokey brown sugar in an oak container. woody, oaky, peaty, pretty decent. not bad, with the low carbonation it makes for a really thick sipper. the taste is loaded with tobacco, prunes, chocolate, smoke, char, etc. nice beer, the barrel profile is pretty light but pleasant, adds a lil brightness to an otherwise dense beer. nice one, glad i got to try it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 2, 2010
In short: A very woody and very roasted imperial stout. Simple beer of decent quality. Way overrated
How: Bottle 275ml. 2006 vintage. Bottle given to me in Boston by fellow ratebeerian Reakt, thank-you so much Angelo
The look: Black body topped by a tan ring of foam
In long: Nose is lightly roasted, some tar, some dark fruits. Taste has plenty of barrel, soy sauce, burnt wood, liquorice, brown sugar, figs, cacao, leather, tobacco, vanilla, tar. Like with the regular version the carbonation is too soft. However the strong barrel presence gives it a pleasant woody dryness and the beer did not feel very syrupy. Roastiness comes out strong in the finish. Alcohol is not a factor in the taste yet the beer leaves a light burning sensation in the throat. And in all this was a decent beer. But compared to American Barrel Aged imperial Stouts it really felt amateurish (I am NOT American). The type of BA brew I would expect from a small brewpub that got hold of an old barrel and threw in a beer in there just to go with the trend. I really dont get the love for this beer. I waited a long time for that beer and it wasnt worth it. As frustrating as when Im asked to press 1 for english, wait 30 minutes, and end-up being transferred to someone who obviously doesnt speak english.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 11, 2010
Bottle. A - Pitch black with very dark brown hues. Smaller than average, tight foamy, creamy dark cafe head. Average retention that settles into a nice layer of creamy lace. S - Lots of dark malt that is toasted with lots of caramel. Decent amount of dark fruit. Lots of sweet chocolate and coffee and a good amount of soy aroma. Slight balsamic aspect, and some oaky and bourbon presence. A touch of earthiness as well. Mix of tartness and some dark roastiness. T - Similar to the nose, with dark fruit (fig, plum, prune, date) being upfront first. Tartness comes out a bit. Then a bit more of a roasted dark malt and chocolate comes out. Mid sip a bit more earthy, tobacco, and woody flavors come out. Slight soy flavor comes out mid to the finish of the sip, not really strong, but present. M - Medium body with about average carbonation. Very oily, smooth, and silky feel. D - Pretty drinkable beer Diverse flavors that make me ant to keep drinking to find more. Soy and tartness can be slightly off-putting but not too bad. Notes: Vintage 2007. Complex and interesting beer. Not necessarily my favorite stout, but a good and interesting one. Worth trying though.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2010
2007 Bottle. Aroma is a huge roast coffee, roasted malt and a hint of alcohol, jet black, pours a tiny tan head, leaving behind an oily sheen on the glass. Flavour is a majestic coffee liqueur, roasted malt and some fine liquorice. Full bodied, perfectly balanced, bitterness is superb, silky smmoth, tongue is treated to an amazingly joyous dance. Absolutely amazing! Thank You so much for sharing MesandSim, Youre both Stars!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2010
Bottle from ygtbsm. Thanks Brad! Black body with a small tan head. The aroma is of dark chocolate, toffee, and figs. The flavor is sweet chocolate, and brown sugar. The body is thinner than I would have liked for the style. Solid.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3196) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Bottle dated 14 November 2006 shared by badnewsbeers. Inky, deep brown body with reddish highlights, very thin ring of beige carbonation. Deep, rich nose with burnt caramel, prune, molasses, and soy, with hints of alcohol, oak, and leather. Oaky, tannic body, dry, dusty, and soft, with pipe tobacco, licorice, and burnt caramel. Tastes like a cigar, and would go well with a cigar. My only complaint is the rather lifeless body that could have used a bit more carbonation. A classic bookish, candlelight beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Pours black with minimal brown head. Aroma of lactose, chocolate, toffee, sweet Bourbon and caramelized sugar. Slightly flat body gives rise to an incredible body. Pure chocolate, cream, toffee, tobacco and bourbon

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2010
275ml bottle, 2006 vintage, brewed 11/14/06, best by 11/14/11, courtesy of madmitch76. thanks so much, ken! pours a thick, viscous, jet black with a sliver of dark brown bubbles around the edges and a razor thin, cocoa powder head that appears with swirling and leaves a sheet of oily, drippy lace. aroma is fantastic with huge roasted malts, peat smoke, charcoal, and woody bourbon with elegant touches of vanilla, licorice, and molasses coming through ahead of the faintest hints of chocolate covered nuts and dark fruits. flavor is stunning as well with huge, fudgy, chocolate, mellow bourbon, and sweet, dark fruits up front backed by smooth vanilla, earthy tobacco, and a hint of soy and finishing with a blast of sweet toffee candy and warming booze. palate is smooth and silky but not quite as rich as expected with slight carbonation. overall, a wonderful barrel aged impy and definitely the best english beer ive tasted.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (4557) - Sofia, BULGARIA - JUN 8, 2010
Thanks to alfrantzell on BA for coming up with this tiny-ass bottle after coming back from a EuroTrip. Pours black with just a little tan foam, leaving some swirls on the beer. Not much in the way of legs. Aroma is boozy and boasty with rich chocolate and whiskey. Flavor is pretty nice and subtle but complex. Roast and caramel, toffee, coffee, milk chocolate, scotch, peat-smoked malt, oak, red wine, and some dark fruit presence. Very smooth on the palate with medium-full body. Just a tad boozy. Overall, very drinkable for the style and enjoyable, but not quite as good as the hype suggests.


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