Summer Wine KopiKat Imperial Stout - Caol Ila 27yr

Formerly brewed at Summer Wine
Style: Imperial Stout
Holmfirth, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Barrel aged 6 months in Caol Ila 27yr old barrels.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshtonMcCobb (6457) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 29, 2015
Bottle thanks to Stuu666. Appearance - opaque black with a lovely fawn head. Nose - green notes like seaweed. Bandaid. Miso soup. Salty. Taste - smoky, seaweed, back chocolate note. Palate - full bodied with a big creamy texture and a full smoky dry finish. Overall - my reservations are that the whisky barrel has dominated the beer but in reality its a lovely beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (10386) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 29, 2015
Bottle shared at Ashs. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aromas of iodine, seaweed, whisky. Taste is rich, peaty, oily, some coffee notes creeping in. Light booze heat on the finish. First wee tasting of the summer

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fredd_an (250) - Borlnge, SWEDEN - APR 25, 2015
Körvig rökmalts, du vet gustafskörv men ännu rökigare?! Sätter sig som en grinig morgonkaffe i gomseglet med en arg efterton av ek och plåt! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (24287) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2015
15th January 2015
Opaque dark brown beer, decent tan head. Palate is airy and semi dry. Mild fine carbonation. The dark malts are fluffy but have a coffee bitterness. Tangy TCP is evident but not overpowering. Little smoke and a trace of dark fruits. Dry bitterish finish. Okay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (4442) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to s_hartshorne. Black beer with large frothy tan head that took a while to settle down. Aroma of peaty whisky and roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, whisky, some peat, wood and some sourness. Medium bodied and moderate amount of oil on the palate. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
s_hartshorne (2766) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2014
Bottle hand drawn monkey Huddersfield shared with sarkynortherner. Black good tan head aroma is choc coffee roasted malts. Taste is same some vanilla dark fruits whiskey wood alchol warmth. Decent sticky body. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (12721) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 2, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2015 Bottle at Craig?s. Pours black, nose is chocolate, peat, taste is sweet chocolate, dry and smoky, vanilla. Bottle at ashs. Pours black, nose is smoky, chocolate, coffee, taste is similar, loads of peat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (7695) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2014
Bottle thnx to dennoman . Pours black , good grey head . Smell is peated , plastic . Taste is peated , but balanced , roasted malts , bitter . Ok

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (18214) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2014
Bottle thanks graciously to Toby at The Kernel. Black beer with a HUGE tan head. Really no need for that level of carbonation. Strong Caol Ila whisky smoked peaty aroma. Now much against common opinion that doesnt mean that I will take an instant disliking to this beer just cos its barrel aged and in an Islay whisky cask. Although the aroma is strongly individualistic it isnt completely overpowering nor unbalanced. I think its pretty damn good and thats cos the base beer is big and well constructed enough to carry the barrel ageing. Muscular dark malts underpin this beer. Goes well with chicken tikka and ciabatta bread. Classy beer with big intense aromas and flavours. . Impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (9117) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 8, 2013
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Birmingham. Poured a dark mahogany with a bubbly tan head. The aroma is big medicinal hop, roasted malt. The flavour is strong bitter with a huge alcohol bitter palate. The alcohol really dominates this beer for sure. I liked it, but barrel aged beers normally deliver so much more. Barrel aged beers need to compliment a beer, not dominate it, which is what happens here.

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