likeatrainwreck (573) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2015
Huge roasted flavours, thick and boozy... dried fruit, coffee, wood, chocolate, a hint of port. Incredibly well balanced, and just proper tasty. Brilliant. vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2015
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Sweet chocolate and roasted aromas even some fruit esters. Roasted, chocolate, sweet malts, oak flavors. Finishes a touch dry. Saeglopur (2171) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - AUG 18, 2015
275 ml bottle, 2011 vintage, from a trade with Garrold, many thanks Gary for this big want!
MichaelAwesome (6519) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - AUG 12, 2015
Black body, with a small, dense, creamy, dark, coffee colored head.
Wonderful, smooth aroma of oak, dark chocolate, cocoa, coconut, smooth espresso, some toffee, subtle dark and dried fruits.
Taste is also delicious and very smooth, with melting dark chocolate, espresso, dark and dried fruits, cocoa powder, oak, coconut, toffee, some liquorice, subtle alcohol.
Perfect, full, creamy, velvety mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation.
Finishes smooth, a bit alcohol warming, quite dry, wooden, with cocoa, some coffee, some liquorice
Amazing! One of the smoothest and most balanced high ABV beers I’ve ever had. Really complex, but feels so simple at the same time, every aroma in its right place, leading to a round, creamy, very comfortable sipper. My favourite Imperial Stout so far, close to perfection!
Absoluter Knaller, der im Grunde wie Sirup runtergeht und gewisse Eigenschaften deren aufweist. Super süffig, dick, voller Früchte, leicht süß, stark und gleichzeitig mild. Erinnert mich an Grütze, die locker gemacht wurde und der Alkohol und Seele hinzugefügt worden ist. Knaller. McTapps (6889) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - AUG 12, 2015
Bottle from BenH, many thanks! The beer has got a deep black colour with a smooth head and very smooth body. Aroma of oak, rum, wine, plums and chocolate. Taste of intense chocolate, coffee, rum, barrels, oak, dried fruits, plums. Very smooth to drink, highly delicious.
j12601 (11571) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Bottle at Dad’s for the half marathon tasting (thanks Leighton!). Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Big roast, huge cocoa, chocolate, warm wood. Long smokey roast, warm chocolate. Long chocolate, roast, cocoa. ctipping (2032) - Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2015
275 mL bottle to a Kate the Great snifter. 2009 vintage, brewed 11/16/2009 (a), whatever the (a) means. Huge thanks to Paul for this bottle. Viscous looking black with almost no bubbles until I begin to pour into the glass vertically. A mocha ring around the beer with some lovely legs. Easily one of the most compelling stouts I’ve ever smelled. Chocolate malt and probably the two most dominant aromas, but dark fruits pierce through with oak and a slight smokiness that adds an earthy complexity that is just wonderful. Perhaps the nose was a high standard to set. It lacks a bit of the refinement of the aroma. Oak immediately permeates a dark chocolate flavor that becomes bitter and smokey as it lingers. The oak dominates the aftertaste, giving it a slight astringent and vinous character. I feel it’s a touch thin. Maybe the oak makes it feel that way. Low carbonation helps simulate some body. It would be unfair to say I was let down by the taste, but it just smells so wonderful. The flavors are all there in the taste, but at different proportions from the aroma. If it lived up to the nose, it would be one of the best stouts out there. Steasy66 (1155) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Black, small tan head. 2009 side by side with 2012. Boozy bourbon aroma. Coats my mouth with chocolate, bourbon, and a hint of licorice. 12 has much higher carbonation, more licorice. Very nice,. drsandman (1463) - New York, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Big thanks to Leighton. Pours a deep brown black, med brown head. Aroma is deep sweet malt, bourbon, raisin, prune, chocolate, cocoa nib. Flavor is big smooth bourbon chocolate cake, prune and dark fruits, big sweet. Full body, exceptionally smooth. Zakoon (488) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2015
275ml bottle enjoyed @ home, 2011 vintage thanks to cgarvieuk. Pours deep brown almost black with a small brown head. Aroma is oak, dark fruits, coffee, roasted malt, leather, chocolate and vanilla. Flavour is sweet, slightly bitter with some woody tannin. Full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation. Finish is dry and woody.