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Banks’s / Vasileostrovsky Burov Imperial Russian Stout

Brewed by Banks’s (Marstons plc)
Style: Imperial Stout
Wolverhampton, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Cask; Special. Brewed for the Wetherspoon Spring Ale Festival 2012.
Evgeny Tolstov, from Vasileostrovsky Brewery, is our first visiting brewer from Russia and has travelled to Banks’s Brewery, in the West Midlands, to brew this beer especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival. Traditionally, this style of beer was brewed in Britain for export to Russia, so we thought it most apt to ask a Russian to come over here to brew this one for us. This version is at a lower strength than is usual for this style, but still maintains all of the expected characteristics: black in colour, with a rich, enticing aroma and a complex flavour, with a strident hop bitterness balancing the deep malt character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Cask – JDW Fest Spring 2012 - Black in colour. Opaque. Very Malty; roasty malts, coffee, some bitter chocolate, notes of liquorice, hint of smoke. Hoppy; earthy hops. Fruity; hint of berry fruits. Deep roast malty taste. Moderately bitter roast malty and dryish throughout. Very drinkable. Nice Stout!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5252) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2013
Spring 2012. JDW. Smooth and creamy with coffee and chocolate. Typical strong dark beer, though perhaps sweeter and softer than average. I like the low hops and the sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
wartaf (1) - - JUN 29, 2012 does not count
Coffee, coffee, herbs, basement aromas, coffee, roasty, spruce, barnyard, floral, floral, grass, dough, herbs

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
wimpyjoe (4346) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2012
Mild tasting stout despite the heavy strength. Has a good nose and nice texture.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tombyars (1400) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - APR 23, 2012
Tasted this in the Salt Cot, Saltcoats (JDW) in April 2012. Cask, handpump dispense. Dull black in colour with a thick creamy tan head. strong aroma of burnt toast and drinking chocolate powder. Thick creamy mouthfeel and superb lacing. Dark malts give a burnt toast flavour initially which soon gives way to strong notes of sweet molasses, mocha coffee and liquorice. Bitter chicory flavour evident in the roasted aftertaste. Finish is very smooth, malty and robust. Dry with liquorice and treacle toffee notes. A really good strong stout and highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (4025) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2012
Looks grand: Stout black with a biege creamy head on top. Burnt/roasted/toasted malts with no sweetness in the nose and taste: black coffee beans and dark chocolate notes make up the flavours. Not as rich or creamy as it looked: had some depth of body but it wasn’t full enough in my eyes. Decent and interesting: I’d certainly have another if it comes around again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (11641) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2012
Cask at the Crosse Keys, JDW and Masque Haunt, JDW, both London. Pours dark brown with a foamy, beige head. Some ashy roast in the aroma. Medium sweet flavor, lightly roasty with some dry earth, bittersweet cocoa, light wood, tobacco. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Dry, roasty finish, ashy with notes of baking cocoa and burnt dark sugar. There’s some lasting bitter cocoa. Not bad at all. Really more of a sturdy stout than an impy, but it’s a good beer either way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (7309) - NUNEATON, Top 23, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2012
The Felix, Nuneaton, 31/03/12. Obsidian with a level manila top. Weak oaken aroma; sickbowl, Southern Comfort. Soapy, slightly vomit-accented with crude burnt fennel seed notes; hints of plum, dried fruits. Pronounced alcohol finish. Unsubtle, insipid and not very good beside the other dark treasures on the table.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nocturne (863) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2012
Cask at JDW. Very dark with a beige head. Aroma of smoke and treacle that doesn’t really jump out of the glass. Surprisingly fruity up front with a nice dark chocolate bitterness. Definite blackcurrant vibe. Body is good but slightly watery at times. Roasted, fruity finish with a tiny bit of heat. Strong effort here that I was glad to sample.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (10578) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2012
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Black with tan head. Quite a sweetish, smooth and fruity beer, there is a background of dark chocolate, again sweetish, there is a fruitiness, not as intense as I was expecting. There is a late sharpness, bitterness. It was a decent beer certainly, but I am not sure it is an Imperial Stout.

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