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


on tap

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RATINGS: 174   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (10072) - - DEC 20, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2003 Jet black; virtually no head, just brown rim. Nose gives ink, wild mushrooms, dark chocolate, apple. Taste is dominated by burnt malts, but main taste is quite sweet all the same. Fruity flavours as blueberries. Retronasal more bitter than before. Syrupy mouthfeel, very well 'filled' beer. Aftertaste comes up with cigarette ashes and brambles. good stout. Just a bit less than Imperial in the way Harveys or the Americans do it.

moldovan9807 (496) - Oradea, ROMANIA - DEC 17, 2017
Aroma of dark bitter chocolate and cocoa.Taste of malts, cacao ,dark chocolate,some hops.Medium body, a little to live carbonation for a imp. stout .

ciocanelu (3026) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - DEC 7, 2017
Really dark brown color with reddish hues and brown head. Aroma has dark malts, cacao and some booze. Taste is malty, sweet at first but more roasty on the finish with a light burnt grain bitterness. Medium body, soft carbonation, smooth mouthfeel. Overall it's a quite good but really old school RIS.

mariuspoenari (2999) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2017
Pitch black pour with a fine-grained tan head. Notes of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, cherry jam. Smooth texture, medium to full body.

Ktwse (5621) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2017
Pours black with tall tan head. Aroma of chocolate, molasses, roasted malt, dried fruit, basement. Taste is sweet, roasty, slightly burnt, chocolate finish. Sticky, rich body with soft carbonation.

SinH4 (6403) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 6, 2017
Bottle, Lot 932, BBE 8/2017, many thanks to cgarvieuk for this one! Pitch black color with a rather large-bubbled beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, thick molten black chocolate, burnt sugar, molasses, plums, chocolate brownies. Taste is roasted malts, again brownies, burnt sugar, thick black chocolate, some liquorice, some vanilla, quite some sweetness, a touch prune/plums as well, including tartness, but the roastedness and earthyness keeps the sweetness in balance; earthy-leathery bitterness in the finish. Medium carbonation to support the richness. A rich, rather classic non-adjunct Imperial Stout with a lot of complexity. Amazing!

nimbleprop (8830) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 1, 2017
33cl bottle pours a murky black with some brown head. Nose has malt, toast, dark fruits, cola, molasses, marzipan. Flavor is port, cherry, raisin, molasses, toast, chocolate, coffee. Finishes full bodied and sticky.

Gary (2088) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2017
Small ass bottle. In a Chimay goblet. @ room temperature This is from nonsensical notes I. took in the summer while intoxicated, high and watching Saved by The Bell reruns. I will rerare this. A good imperial stout, if slightly anticlimactic on sober reflection. Fumes of roasted waves in the air.. chocolate truffle cake, oil, burnt sugar, tary notes.. Blacker than Latoya's essence..with.a reasonably substantial khaki head. Smooth and dark brooding flavours.. roasted, bitter sweet and reasonably intensive . Lot's of chocolate . Not especially complex, buta pretty good beer that ticks some imperial stout boxes

BeardedAvenger (1197) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2017
Bottle from Beautiful Beer, Bury-St-Edmunds. Spicey, fruity aroma over the top, with a waft of chocolate. And a boozy hit. Dark, glossy, almost muddy. Thick frothy dark beige head. Light bitter with a creamy edge at first. A boozy bitter kick appears into the finish. Thick bodied. Creamy. Sticky. Low key carbonation. Long, astringent finish. The alcohol makes itself known. A beer two halves: understated at first, then the raw 9.6% takes effect. Found the latter off-putting at first, before I aclimatised.

Davros IX (534) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2017
2016 catch up - A very smooth, flavoursome and tasty imperial stout. This is a classy beer that has a lot of flavours of malt, coffee, chocolate and tar. And so smooth! The quality of the beer is fantastic.

Grumbo (4128) - 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!

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