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Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Imperial Stout
Horsham, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 227   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Cask & Bottle Conditioned;
Imperial Stout is a truly special beer which harks back to the days when English brewers exported strong stouts and ports to the Baltics. Brewed with a high proportion of roasted barley and target hops, this is complex beer with a big flavour. Our bottle conditioned Imperial Stout has been aged at the brewery so you may enjoy it now, although it will continue to improve for many years.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2008
Another fine gift (bottle)from my brother choppy wanchope and the choppy bunch, my beer guru. Very nice indeed, only slight let down for me by the slight aniseed taste but just my personal preferrence. Still fucking sweet. A stonking street fighting shit kicking drink and no mistake.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - MAR 24, 2008
Motor oil black with iridecent bubble head. Aroma of fruit mash in early fermentation and burnt malt. Flavor is ultra dark roastmalt with top notes of chocolate cherry cordials. It is a bit hot but it mellows as it warms.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2008
11.2oz bottle. pours black with basically no head. a dark chocolatly nose. flavor is rich dark chocolate and a bit chocolate syrupy and dark fruits while semi harsh espresso notes ride it out. med body. smooth carbonation. pretty tasty stuff and i wouldn’t mind a re-rate someday.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2008
33 cl bottle. Black colour with a nice light brown head. Sweet aroma with notes of siryp and fruit. Smooth flavour of liquorice, sweetness and alcohol ends up little candy-like, and with a warm feeling at the.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gowdy (727) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - FEB 20, 2008
Bottle at Craig’s house. caramel, resin, black, aminimal head, medium bitterness, medium body, sticky,

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (14196) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 20, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2012 Bottle at home ... deep black ... sweet toasted oats and roast malts nose ... vine fruitys ... coffee ... roat malts ... smooth alcohol ... wonderfull mouth feel cask at bow ... deep brown black ... thin tan head ... deep dark roast chocolate ... oddly hint of whisky nose... dark chocolate ... heavy roast nice... hint of coffee ... 3.9

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2008
Bottle from Utobeer, Borough Market. Pours pitch black with small tan head. Strong coffee / malty / alcohol aroma on opening but a vinous / nutty smell comes through late on. Taste is toffee / coffee / yeasty / chocolate. Some alcohol / bitterness on the finish but a total joy to drink.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2007
This was the last beer I sampled in the UK before I flew back home and I would love to have more. I like the amped up hops which seem to blend well with a roasted somewhat grainy background and well hidden alcohol content (accurate abv?). This is a very flavorful beer even though its not as complex as other Impys I’ve enjoyed as far as content. This one has a nice drippy pour to it though. I should have bought more of these from the shop in the Lanes in Brighton.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Blind Impy stout tasting at Belgian Room 07. Pours really dark black oily look with a thin lasting off tan head- sticky lace. Aroma is tons of black patent harsh acris malts, some burnt hints, smoke and toffee and chocolate. Thick sweet tacky caramel malts, chocolate and light coffee, earthy, some tar, anise and licorise hints with some yeasty doughiness. A bit harsh form the black malt but overall pretty good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SaintMatty (5204) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2007
33cl bottle- 2007 vintage. Black in colour with a foamy tan head. Vinous, alcoholic nose with a hint of leather. Warming taste with coffee, mild herbs and plain chocolate. Coffee features in the warming, smooth and alcoholic finish. Very impressive and I look forward to trying it again when it has aged more.


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