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

bottled
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RATINGS: 221   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bammers54 (39) - Camberely, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2014
the 2012 brew of this fine strong stout. A lovely smooth and rich beers which drinks very easily considering its ABV. I would rate this very highly as a bottled stout, does not have the bitterness sometimes associated with this style of stout, yet it is interesting on the palate and a beautifully made beer

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (5674) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Black with a tan head. Aroma of lots of dark chocolate, some liqueur pralines and dark fruits notes. Bittersweet flavor with chocolate, roastiness, a bit of liqueur, dark fruits notes, an alcoholic edge and a slightly more bitter finish. Medium to full-bodied. Very nice.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wimpyjoe (3582) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2013
Cask @ Old Gate, Hebden Bridge. A very strong stout, drinkable given its strength but it does hit you after a while. Black with very little head. Surprisingly its quite light in character with more stated roasted malt aroma than taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5358) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 28, 2013
33cl, Vintage 2012, as Dark Star Imperial (Export Strength Stout), exclusive English brew, from Ales By Mail (UK), complex Stout, roasted/spicy and slightly salty/malty, balanced, hazy, good head, good brew, yet expensive!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pizd (432) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2013
(Bottle): Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of liquorice, vinous qualities, dark fruits, roasty and a very slight alcohol character. Flavour is roasty and sweet, slight coffee, lots of dark fruits, alcohol, vinous, treacle, liquorice. Very smooth to drink. Gives a slight alcohol burn but very slight. The beer would benefit from a thicker body.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haukur (1270) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - OCT 27, 2013
Black with light brown head. Really nice aroma, full off dark roast, liquorice, maybe a hint of rum? Really nice. A bit light on the tongue but nice roast in the finish. Well made and really good but fails maybe to be world class.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kingi (461) - - OCT 26, 2013
alcohol on the nose and other is notes. black beer dark drown head. taste is nice soft smoothness but alcohol is present also. palate is medium body creamy, flat, and a roasty velvet finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
k0mpsa (1085) - Jrvenp, FINLAND - OCT 26, 2013
Bottle from ales by mail. Black color, brown head. Interesting aroma of licorice and coffee, hint of alcohol. Medium body, licorice, coffee, hint of alcohol, roasted malts.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aenima (244) - Askim, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2013
Strong vinous coffee aroma. The taste is full of caramell, chocolate, roast and some coffee. A little overcarbonated and maybe slightly bitter than I would prefer. Balanced and solid imperial stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PriorL (1663) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2013
Bottle, shared with Mathieu87. APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, small unstable beige head. NOSE: coffee, alcohol, wood. TASTE: herbs, bitter aftertaste, could be better for its alcohol!


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