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

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RATINGS: 260   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - MAR 22, 2009
2007 Vintage, 33cl BOttle from UtoBeer. Very dark brown almost black. Extremely thin borwn head that disappears. Plum and raisins aromas with caramel hints. Sweet malty taste, dried plums and port wine taste. Quite smooth and tasteful but lacks the quality of a great imperial Stout.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. Near black color, very little head. Sweet fruity sucrose aroma, slight roast. Sweet roastiness up front, some alcohol on the back, but overall kid of plain.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobinlondon (1288) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2009
Handpulled cask at the Rake. Black with a thin tan head. Chewy but not cloying. Full of liquorice, chocolate, figss and plum pudding flavours. Plinty of hops in the finish. Excellent.

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Bottle in trade with miketd. Thanks dude! Pours mostly black with a small and short lived dark beige head. Smell is semi-sweet chocolate, dark fruit and licorice. Taste is extremely thin as is the body. Mostly tastes of licorice and dark fruit with a substantial alcohol flavor. Thin body and low carbonation. Very watery and alcoholic in the flavor. Not very good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. 2007 vintage. Dark mahogany at the center, the body sports a chestnut colored translucency towards the outer edges. A small and foamy cream colored head leaves some sugary legging behind, but no real lace. Aromas of dark, dry cocoa, dried dark fruits, vanilla, and hints of alcohol are nice enough, but seem boring for the style. Likewise, flavors are mundane, with cocoa, burnt caramel, and mildly earthy roast notes doing little to excite. Relatively thin on the palate, but the carbonation is about right. I could forgive some of the alcoholic burn if the rest of the beer wasn’t so boring. Decent brew overall, but it falls short of even most average imperial stouts.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Bottle. Body-almost still, dark. Nose-grape soda, thin ring of bubbles, light fig. Taste-light coffee, medium bitter, good stout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Bottle, 2007 vintage, BB end April 2009. Poured healthy deep brown with a short-lived cap of beige head and a slight reddish tint to it. The aroma opened with deep-roasted chocolate and coffee, and it meant business with the warmth that backed it up.. some caramel and charred licorice also gave support. The flavor opened with well-roasted licorice, baker’s chocolate, and charred soy notes, rolling into more black malts at the core.. coffee and earthy bitterness joined the faintest hint of pineapple sourness on the edges.. finished with plenty of alcohol warmth, sour woody notes, and charred black malt. Medium-plus bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. never really established a good flow.. assertive. Decent brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10214) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2009
Trade with both Cgarvieuk and Fonefan, thanks! It is pitch black with a small, creamy head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, dark fruits, licorice, light rubberlike anise. The flavour has a light sweetness and a light roasted bitterness, notes of roasted malt, dark fruits, strong licorice, anise and light alcohol. It is a nice and full-bodied impy.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KnutAlbert (6712) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2008
Bottle from Pigs Ear 2008, 2007 vintage. Coffee, lots of sweet maltiness, some alcohol evident. Smooth. There are lots of imperial stouts out there now, and Im afraid this lacks the little extra to compete in the fierce market.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2008
(33cl bottle, 2007 vintage) Pours a dark brown (near black) body with a spare tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, anise, caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Aroma of roasted malt, light smoke, chocolate, caramel, and light coffee.


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