Wandering Star Bert’s Disqualified Imperial Stout

RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.82/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Berkshire County homebrewer Bert Holdredge won the ‘Brewers Choice’ prize in the 2011 New York City Homebrew Competition with this recipe (the prize was for a commercial batch to be brewed on our system) – but was disqualified from the official BJCP competition since he’d forgotten to remove a label from a bottle. A dangerously drinkable pitch-black stout with rich chocolate and peat smoke notes, and just a hint of alcohol warmth. RECOMMENDED FOOD PAIRINGS: Bacon dishes, forest fruits, blue or other funky cheeses, dulce de leche, creme brulee. Note ABV was 8.6% for the 2011 batch, up to 9.5% for 2012.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
c1raider (135) - New York, USA - AUG 19, 2015
Lite for 9.5 abv, malty, touch of chocolate, moderate carbonation, smooth and silky but not heavy. Unique but not wonderful, might buy again

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bbbeer (800) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2014
Dark brown with small brown head. Aroma chocolate, toasty malt, a little vanilla. Full body, creamy mouthfeel, a not unpleasant alcohol warming presence. Flavor is moderately sweet, cocoa and coffee mainly, roasted character is there but more in the background. Some spice and fruitiness as well. Nice complexity. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (6151) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Location: Draft at Pony Bad, 2/22/14

Aroma: The aroma is roasted malts and burnt malts, spice, chocolate, and some booze
Appearance: It pours a dark brown-black color, with a small-to-average brown head and lace
Flavor: The taste is much the same, roasted and burnt malts, spice, and a little sweetness
Palate: The body is medium-full, it has a somewhat creamy feel, and a bit of an ABV burn too
Overall Impression: I found this one to be a pretty solid Imperial Stout. This is certainly a beer that is worth trying. Interesting stuff. Give this one a shot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (12633) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Sample at Ginger Man NYC. Brownish-black pour with a medium foamy beige head that diminishes gradually. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Medium to full body with a roasty character of malt and coffee, along with some dark chocolate. The finish is espresso and malt. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmrmwel (1974) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 5, 2013
On tap @ Blind Tiger, New York. Pours black with a creamy finger thick mocha head. Aroma is nice and malty with raisins, prunes and tobacco, as well as leather, vanilla and bourbon. Full creamy body with almost no carbonation at all. Flavour is sweet with malts and tobacco, but not quite up to the promising aroma. Still nice though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bob_w (373) - new york, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2013
light cocoa note in the nose, sweet malt and a touch of vanilla. the darkest brown color, reasonable tan head. a very pleasant gentle cocoa flavor mixing with light roastiness. very soft and well rounded body. a bit of dark aged fruit (fig) in the flavor. gentle clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gyllenbock (8692) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 31, 2012
On tap at the Ginger Man, July 2012. Black with a small tan head. Nice aroma and taste of chocolate, roasted malt, some licorice. Long aftertaste. I liked this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (13566) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2012
A deep dark stout with a very thin brown head. In aroma, a smooth sweet chocolate milk with light vanilla notes, light molasses. In mouth, a smooth sweet chocolate with light coffee bitterness, grassy, a tad light bodied in mouth, but well done. On tap at R&H, June 30, 2012.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2647) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2012
some coal and some thickness with sediment at the end. a bit of sweetness some sweetness and a Russian Stout finish of Imperial spice. a bit of alcohol but warming and smooth. tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (3126) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2012
The aroma is chocolate, roasted coffee. The appearance is deep black, light ta head. The flavor is dark chocolate, oasted coffee, a little more bittersweet than the aroma. The finish is roast, pine hops. Medium/thick in body. Good overall.

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