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Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Imperial Stout
Horsham, England
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RATINGS: 221   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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.


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4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jimthechap (1482) - Christchurch, - 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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvikar (2800) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Pours black to brown with a nice beige head, aroma of chocolate, coffee, cookies, caramel, congac and honey, flavor of alcohol, chocolate, caramel, cognac and honey, medium bodied

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2052) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Bottle. Dark colored pour, tan head. Smell is smokey, chocolate, coffee, and slightly hoppy. Taste is sweet, creamy, mild. Not too thick; no real alcohol burn either. Not a bad stout, but I am really not a fan of English beers other than some of the mass produced ones.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (4527) - Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Bottle at RBWG Grand Tasting. Pours a dark brown to black color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malts, char, dark fruits, a hint of smoke, with a dark chocolate finish. The flavor comes off just a bit over roasted, almost burnt. Decent enough.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (5968) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle at the RBWG 2014 grand tasting, thanks! Pours a near black with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has dark grains and roasted malts with a hint of dark fruits and a touch of smoke. Flavor has notes of light smoke and dark grains with some roasted malts coming through as well as a hint of dark fruits.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (4113) - Utah, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Bottle at RBWG grand tasting
Black with a small tan head and good lacing. Aroma and flavors of roasted malts and ripe fruit
Nice, clean

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finn (3759) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2014
Flaske 0,33l. Gave fra Rune. Svart. Pent mokkafarget skum som varer. Litt lacing. God lakrisaroma med innslag av sjokolade. Veldig myk munnfølelse. Behagelig smak. Velintegrert. Sjokolade. Lakris. Svakt syrlig fruktig ettersmak. Alkoholen veldig godt kamuflert.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdiBeer (591) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2014
Aroma: roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, some alcohol. Appearance: dark black, medium to big frothy brown head. Taste: medium to heavy sweet. Palate: smoked flavours, chocolate again, maybe some ripe fruit, coffee, bitters getting stronger towards the long finish. Overall: nice Imperial Stout. Bottle at the Evening Star, Brighton.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (7107) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Bottle at RBWG. Pours dark brown with brown head. Nose and taste of burnt toast, burnt coffee, roast chocolate malt and cocoa. Lighter medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beese (1099) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2014
Bottle from an off licence in Kew, London. Poured black with a halo of tan head. Strong burnt malt aroma with notes of plums and marmite. Full mouth feel. Slightly salty initial flavours with some Oxo, molasses and dark grain. Finish was earthy with some burnt toast mixed with black cherry sweetness.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bammers54 (28) - Camberely, 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


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