brewtant (7) - - OCT 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from lcbo 10.4% on bottle lcbo tested at 8.8% Poured an almost opaque black. Nice tight beige head. Smell is lightly peety with some roasted coffee and cocoa notes. There is also a big floral hop aroma. The taste is quite nice hoppy, lightly smoked coffee. The mouthfeel is thick and oily and quite enjoyable alcohol is nicely hidden. Overall a unique example of an imperial stout with a good hop presence. Would drink again
kokkenrolv (348) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 21, 2017
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 (7631) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 (18465) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split at Chris & Ruth’s pre GBBF Shindig, 07/08/16.
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.
Leighton (20167) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 (7612) - Rimini, ITALY - SEP 9, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 (10891) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 (3038) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 (7429) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Benzai (15019) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled @ ChrisO Pre-GBBF Shindig. Opaque pitch black color, average sized beige head. Aroma is malts, dark malts, liquorice, liquorice. Taste malts, roasted malts, liquorice, bitter. Oily texture, medium to full body and medium carbonation. Very nice.
planky84 (3059) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Chris and Ruth’s pre-GBBF Shindig, 2016 (Sunday sesh.)- scavenged leftovers from the Saturday session. Dark brown pour. Raisin, nuts, sweet spice and smoke aroma. Flavours of raisins, chocolate, licorice toffee and caramel. Tasty.