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%
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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bammers54 (95) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2006

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (11974) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (17282) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
worldbeertaste (1795) - 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,.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jimthechap (2064) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grumbo (1365) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2015
Bottle from Utobeer, London. Pours black with a bubbly tan colour head, soon dissipating. Aroms is a glorious mix of dark fruits, plum, date and chocolate. Light sweetness, medium bitterness, with a light sour undercurrent. Body is full, with a thick texture. Slightly above average carbonation for an imperial stout. Long bitter and slightly sticky finish. A most enjoyable beer, just the sort of beer to savour on a cold and wet winters day and one of the few positives of not living somewhere warmer and drier than the UK!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DIBBLE (102) - Worthing, West Sussex, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2015
Bottle from Beer Essentials, Horsham. Yeasty sweet fruit bowl aroma. Pours black with brown head. Rich complex flavour doesn’t totally mask the 10.5% vol but does a good job. Amongst the well balanced dark roast maltiness and sweet n sour hoppy tones there’s licorice, aniseed, vanilla ice cream, toffee apple. Long finish is full of the varied flavour aspects.

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