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


on tap

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RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
Cask; Occasional. Also available bottle conditioned.
"The colour and deep luscious flavour derive largely from roasted barley."
Bottled by hand.
Cask version 9.0%

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdKing (2529) - London, Greater London, - OCT 28, 2011
UPDATED: APR 21, 2014 Bottle from Old Chimneys. Pours thin black, dark brown at the edges and tan brown head, which dissipates quickly. Nose is plumy pruney dark fruit, fairly potent alcohol. Possibly some chocolate behind all that. Taste is dark chocolate, then dark fruit: prune, raisin, stewed plum. Roasted bitterness. Wow, finish is really alcoholic and potent with some bitterness. Chocolate and sticky on the finish too. Really grows on the palate as it warms up. 3.9 Re-rate 22/4/14 - surprised by how alcoholic this is. Lots of plummy, dark fruit, lots of alcohol, lots of roasted malt, deep dark chocolate, buttery and lactic milky. Its very rich. Has to be the best non-barrel aged British imperial stout? 4.1

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grumbo (2444) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2017
From cask at the 26th East Anglian Beer & Cider festival, Bury St Edmunds. 9.2%. Pours black with a lasting beige head. Aroma of banana, roasted malt, chocolate, rum truffle, dark jammy fruits, light liquorice and alcohol, and burnt toffee. Medium to heavy sweetness, moderate toasted bitterness. Full bodied, slick texture, soft to flat carbonation, So good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
stevoj (4733) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 25, 2017
330ml bottle thanks to Colin. Inky, oily black pour, small beige head. Deep, rich smoky malts, coffee, anise. Taste is pure roasty sweet malts. slick and slippery. Simple stout, but pure and genuine. One of the best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hohops (953) - Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2017
Appearance- jet black, a half-finger tan head which gradually fades. Looks the part. Aroma- chocolate fudge, vanilla, Black Forest gateaux, coffee, tiramisu, woody notes, chocolate biscuits, slight boozy notes, more vanilla, marshy land. Taste- thick boozy chocolatey milkshake. Leather, vanilla, brownies, caramel, fudge cake, burnt treacle, rich coffee, scorched malt. Mouthfeel is thick, rich and chewy. Sweet dark malty finish, with cherry hints. Woody malt, trace of smoke. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (7164) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 24, 2017
330ml bottle thanks to Steveoj. Pours out black topped with a tan head. Nose is ash roast malts black licorice. Taste is more of the nice roast ash black licorice molasses. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen1 (5601) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAR 3, 2017
Flaske delt med Steven, hos ham: nesten helt sort med fint skum. Vidunderlig aroma og smak med enorm fylde og laang ettersmak. Mrk sjokolade, dessertkaffe, lakris, vanilje og andre godsaker i perfekt blanding. Life is good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjsint (2837) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2017
Gravity cask at the CAMRA National Winter Ales. Festival 2017, Norwich. Black with a tan head. Smell is almost entirely dominated by sweet liquorice but the taste is far more complex: salted caramel, peanut brittle, yeast extract. Long sweet and salty finish. Oily body. Wow. A brilliant strong stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomat (3715) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2017
Cask @ NWAF 2017. Very dark brown with a tiny brown head. Malty and fruity tones. Malt, fruit, coffee and hops. Full body with a very nice bitter / fruity finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrepintado (3222) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JAN 23, 2017
Bottle from beautiful beers. Color is dark. Head is thin and brown. Medium bitterness, light sweetness. Medium body. Very silky. Finish is long and medium dry. Medium carbonation. Aroma is wood, chocolate, vanilla, fresh herbs. Flavour is liquorice, chocolate, light coffee, light roasted, chili. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
john44 (3000) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2017
Bottle. Bought Dec 2015; BBE May 2017; Drank June 2016 - Opaque Pitch Black in colour. Good lasting creamy beige head. Good lacing. Very Malty; roasty/burnt malts, dark chocolate, coffee, liquorice, tar, vanilla, notes of brown sugar. Fruity; dark fruits. Hoppy; moderately hoppy. Sweet roasty (slightly burnt) chocolate and coffee malty and fruity throughout. Great depth of flavour. Dry slightly bitter roast malty finish. Enjoyed this a lot. Wonderful stuff. Terrific and complex Impy Stout! (2016-06-01)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scotty001 (563) - Portlethen, SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2016
Poured deep dark brown, thick tan head. Aroma of a milk stout with liquorice and dark fruit. Full body, flavour as the aroma, sticky with a lingering sweetness.

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