BuckeyeBoy (8570) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 28, 2017 demmbonz (784) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber to giant snifter. Scored in a trade and drinking during the inauguration ceremony. Pours dark black but not thick. Substantial head that dissipates and leaves a nice mocha ring around the edge. I’m not a fan of smoked beers, but this one is quite subtle on the smokiness, so if you love smokey you may not like it. Just tastes like a really good Imperial with a hint of smoke and some hop presence.
Bottle pours out black topped with a brown head. Nose is dark chocolate ashtray coffee some pit fruit. Taste is more of the rich malts roast coffee chocolate and some black licorice. AleRider78 (1470) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2017
Pours a thick frothy brownish head and has a very dark appearance. Aromas of dark roasted malts, breads, oats and some light chocolate and vanilla hints. The smoke like flavours is noticeable almost immediately. A rich creamy/malty taste accentuated with strong toffee and caramel notes. Also some flavours of nuts, toast and bready malts. Hops are harder to discern, mainly some spices and earthy hops. Astringent and prickly sensation with a nice warming mouthfeel. At 8.4% (on label stuck to back of bottle) alcohol is very well hidden. kokkenrolv (348) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 21, 2017
Bottle, from 2012. Black, nice and big light brown head. Aroma is coffee, dark chocolate, hints of smoke, dark red fruits, licorice, hints of pine. Heavy sweetness, medium bitterness, taste is dark chocolate, licorice, coffee, dark fruits, apricot. Full body, medium carbonation, nice oily mouthfeel, long finish with notes of espresso and dark chocolate. Fantastic! The_Osprey (9343) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2016
August 2016 - Bottle share at Chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig, Day 1. Thanks! As ’Xbeeriment Black Force One’. Opaque black, foamy dense brown head. Aroma is redcurrant, some smoke, papery. Body is frothy with soft carbonation. Taste is earthy, smokey, dark chocolate, light metallics. Decent. (3.6) Theydon_Bois (20902) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2016
Bottle split at Chris & Ruth’s pre GBBF Shindig, 07/08/16.
Leighton (22550) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2016
Black with a well appointed tan head.
Nose is dark fruits, chocolate cake, light spice, charr.
Taste comprises light smoke, toffee, earthy, molasses, roast malt, cocoa powder.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, light warming alcohol in the close.
Decent enough Impy.
Bottle shared at the chriso and Ruth pre GBBF Shindig 2016 - London. Day 1. Pours oily black with a creamy tan head. Harsh charred malts in the aroma, baking cocoa. Medium sweet flavour with notes of ashy roast, chocolate. Full bodied, chewy and oily, with fine carbonation. Warming finish with lots of bittersweet chocolate and scorched earth. A nice, hearty, full-on impy stout. teorn88 (8066) - Rimini, ITALY - SEP 9, 2016
Pre-GBBF 2016 tasting at Chris&Ruth’s, Day-1. It pours a it pours a dark brown color with a minimal beige head. Aroma is tangy smokey sweet chocolatey with vanilla and raisins. Overall, very tasty mR_fr0g (13657) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2016
Bottle shared at the pre GBBF chriso’s tasting day 1 06/08/2016. Many thanks to Chriso for this one. An opaque black dark brown coloured pour with a a fading dark tan head. Aroma is earthy roasted grains, grapey fruits, apricot, liquorice. Flavour is is sweet bitter black malts, liquorice, jammy fruit, raspberry. Palate is sticky sweet, sugars, moderate carbonation. Nice. italianjohn (3281) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2016
Black pour with a thin khaki head and spotted light lacing .... aroma of licorice, dark fruits, chocolate and roasted malts with some smokey peat malts .... taste is of licorice, chocolate, roasted malts, smokey peated malts, coffee and bitter dry hops .... has some dark fruity yeast flavors to it ..... finish is smokey with lingering coffee and chocolate flavors and has a bitter bite .... the flavors have definitely settled and made this brew complex with a nice slick and oily body ..... great balanced brew that aged well .... abv hidden well RichTheVillan (8298) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2016
Bottle shared at Chris and Ruth’s pre GBBF shindig; dark brown pour with a bubbly tan head, aroma has dark fruits and some smoke, taste has rich chocolate, some smoked malts, camp coffee.