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Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Imperial Stout
Horsham, England
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RATINGS: 221   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.


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 (5079) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fin (7247) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2007
Bottle at home with Scott (brother) on a night of Imperial Stout tasting Poured an oily black looking thicker and more substantial than the other three in this tasting. Nice roasted coffee, chcolate and some liquorice notes. Tasted lovely probably the most intriguing of the four with those same roasted coffee, dark cocoa, and some dark sticky fruits maybe dates I also noticed overipe cherries as well. This was just pipped at the post by the Slottskallans Imperial Stout but it would definately be on my list to try again.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Sampled during Manhattan Blind IS Tasting: Some nice aromatic qualities but the taste is not as good. Taste not up to aroma. Off bitter coffee taste. Very bitter burnt chocolate.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2359) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Again, someone brought this to a blind tasting in NY, thank you dear stranger. The aroma is strong with a perfume-y sweetness of flowers over the regular stout flavors. The taste has some light sweet coffee flavors that stand out. But the beer was a bit too light in general (and I have no idea where those 10.5% came from. But still a very nice beer and one I would like to revisit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Bottle. The aroma has a lot of fruit, some tropical (maybe guava), among other things. This bottle seems aged. It has a smooth mouthfeel with very low carbonation. The flavor is sweet and fruity with a roasted finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16250) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2007
Bottle. Pours a black color with an off-white head. Roasted malty slightly alcoholic aroma with hints of chocolate. Roasted malty warming alcoholic choclate flavor. Long roasted malty finish with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (5948) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2007
Bottle (330ml) shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a very dark brown with a small diminishing tan head. Aroma: hey, that’s not bad, not bad at all! Roasted malt, spices, chocolate, dark fruit and alcohol -- nice. Flavour of roasted malt, coffee and dark fruit -- quite dry yet damn tasty. Lots of coffee bitterness in the finish. There’s alcohol but it’s warming in a pleasant way. Medium bodied. This was a nice surprise, really good stuff.


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