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

bottled
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RATINGS: 243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (13997) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2008
Bottle, 10.5%. Creamy roasted aroma. Black colour, very small light brown head. Good sweet flavour, cream, nicely roasted.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2008
(Bottle thanks to Porter-Otto and Åsa) Pours black. The aroma is of caramel and dark chocolate malts. Bit vinous with notes of dark fruits like blackberries, plums/prunes and raisins. Dark bread and coffee stays in the background. Light alcohol warmth is also present. The flavour is of salty liquorice, coffee roast, dark fruits, dark chocolate and some hops. Light sweet and medium bitter. The mouthfeel is light oily with an alcohol dry finish. Wine, alpha acid and coffee/dark chocolate hints in the aftertaste. Medium to full bodied. Nice.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (10117) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 24, 2008
courtesy of Laurent Mousson - pithc black with a dark beige foam; grilled aroma, dark cherries and coffee, prunes; full-bodied and creamy palate; very bitter hoppy finish with more coffeish notes - very impressive and pleasant

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (37673) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2008
Bottle @ the Horse school WSF-08 afterparty in Opstal.
Clear dark black color with a average, frothy, good lancing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate, alcohol notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily - smooth, carbonation is soft. (240508)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2008
Quite simple impy and lacking the grace of many weaker ones. I mostly just taste and smell liquorice in this and there was something unpleasantly medicinal/liquerlike in this, maybe it is just the combination of anis and liquorice that rubs me the wrong way.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (6682) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2008
2007 Bottle from Utobeer. Cola coloured with a minimal tan head. Sweet aroma of milk chocolate,prunes, figs and some hard to place spice. Flavour had more sweet chocolate, along with roasted malt, vanilla and a touch more fruit. The finish had plenty of warming alcohol and a lot of dryness. Drinkable, but I preferred Harvey’s by a long way.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goozen (3211) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2008
Botle: Opaque black stout thats have its bitter moments and some chocolate, coffee and hints of plume.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUL 9, 2008
Bottle, from Fin. Been looking for this one for ages—really kind of you to get this for me mate! Shiny black pour, sandy tan head. Cocoa, mahogany, chalk and cinnamon aroma. A little whiff of quinine around the edges. A sip: Mmmm. Red velvet cake. Coffee laced with rum. Chaser of chalk dust. Surprisingly light body for the abv. Lots of flavor and deceptively drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2008
Bottle @ WSF 2008. Near black with tiny beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, overripe fruits and caramel notes. Sweet flavor with roasted malt, coffee and chocolate notes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
undsioux7 (832) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 6, 2008
Pours black with very little mocha head. Chocolate, coffee and molasses in aroma and taste. A bit on the sweet side. Pretty good


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