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Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Imperial Stout
Horsham, England
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RATINGS: 231   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ostrovni (17) - ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2007
Almost perfect for me. Lots of nice dry roasty goodness, dried fruit, wonderfully drinkable... not enough superlatives exist.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bammers54 (57) - Camberely, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2014
the 2012 brew of this fine strong stout. A lovely smooth and rich beers which drinks very easily considering it’s 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

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
railcat1 (689) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2006
ANOTHER BIRTHDAY PRESENT AND A VERY ENJOYABLE ONE.LOTS OF CHOCOLATE AND COFFEE IN FLAVOR WITH STRONG ALCOHOL AS IT WARMS VERY GOOD BEER

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (9799) - 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

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (14138) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2006
UPDATED: APR 21, 2007 Bottle at St George’s Cemetary RB Gathering. Thanks to Kook for bringing this along. Doesn’t taste it’s strength at all. Nice dark fruits and charcoal. Dryish finish. Bit oily in mouth. Nice beer, could enjoy several bottles of this. 4.0/5.0 Bottled bright from cask Planet Thanet BF 2007. Black with tan head. Condition actually improved with the bottling. Oily, intense. Bitter choc, espresso coffee. But more so that most. But it’s the way it makes you feel. Some blackcurrant intensity. As good as Speedway Stout? No. As good as Milton Marcus Aurelius? No. But pretty damn good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlackEyePA (573) - USA - DEC 20, 2010
2009 Dark Star Imp. Stout R.E.S. very good beer. If you like dark, black, roasted malty coffee, choco-espresso flavor beer. This might be for you. Its got a bit oing on, but for such a dark beer doesnt karate chop ur palate. It stays but hints of traces stick around, it still tastes great, and gets it point across, flavor and roasty malt is coming at u. I have a suspicion that the oak aged style gives alot to the milder not overbearing flavor that lingers but doesnt bite. Its tasty and even though I hate to say it I am not a big fan of English beers due to similar taste and composition of most English ales and such, luckily someone took some time to set this one apart from the rest, I know its not an ale, but most UK beer I taste is all similar in style and flavor and nothing really stands out. I like this dark, beautiful beer. Grab one and sip.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
worldbeertaste (1693) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2012 Dark berry or cherry dark roast. Strong black and a very faint red tint. No head. Silky medium thin oily body. Very smooth. Stong roasted, chocolate, a little bit of alcohol. Refined taste. Feels a bit heavy on the palate due to its percentage. A bit of sugar. A little intense but a great drink,.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jimthechap (1788) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 5, 2012
I have to thank thegoatabides for bringing this beer back from Britain for me. He’s chosen well and I reciprocated with one I hope will show my esteem for his choice. Anyway... Appears deep black with ruby port notes in the dimple of the glass and at no other point in the beer. The head is a film of mocha coloured bubbles, but then, beers of this kind are not measure by their head. Aromas of burnt caramel, plum pudding, tar, rising bread, molasses, dark rum and cardamon. There’s plenty of spicy notes to accompany the deep, rich malt and molasses elements. I love this style for the challenge it issues, not just for drinking, but for doing justice to its description. A dusting of currants and cinnamon are also evident. Just tops for aroma. It is thick and oily in the mouth, like Harviestoun Old Engine Oil. This beer also carried with it a definite heat from the alcohol along with plums and fresh charry chemicals. Everything I mentioned in the aroma is there in spadefuls. Thick, black, tasty and oily, with finesse and restraint. It is so easy to throw everything including the kitchen sink into a Russian Stout (think Brewdog Tokyo). This is an approachable, charming and easy beer that leaves a similar satisfaction as a particularly old whisky or rum in the finish. There isn’t much not to like. Glorious.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Svesse (6296) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2006
(Cask at Wenlock Arms, London 22 Apr 2006) Well, you don’t stumble across this beer cask conditioned every day, so I had to check another time to be sure the sign really said Dark Star Imperial Stout. And could you belive my luck? It did! Pitch black colour, with little, but firm, beige head (beautiful!). Nose is roasted with lots of liquorice and some crowberries (a bit like blueberries). Some sweetness. Lovely, but a bit restrained. Taste is nicely roasted, with black rye bread, black coffee and liquorice. A very well balanced sweetness that turns drier towards a bitter-sweet, very long, finish. Full bodied, but still like velvet. Warming and deceptively strong, but easy to drink. This beer is massive and absolutely wonderful. It is not as hoppy as the American Imperials Stouts tend to be, but still a masterpiece. Had to have another (although it might set my head spinning, but it was worth the risk).

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2006
Bottle, March 2006. British brewed Impy Stouts are very thin on the ground and, at 10.5%, this one is about as strong as there is. The powerful alcoholic punch is noticeable, but its warming rather than burning. Pitch black, with an oily consistency. Loads of coffee and chocolate on the nose. More of the same, backed up by dry, burnt malt and dried fruit on the palate. Very full and rich. A hint of bitterness on the finish provides the balance and prevent it from being too heavy. Superb, even when consumed in a graveyard.


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