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


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RATINGS: 229   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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jimthechap (1709) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scottishchris (212) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 16, 2014
Bottle from the hive. Black pour, tan fuzzy head dissipates. Odd nose that is slightly bitter chocolate and nutty. Taste is peanuts and cherries. An odd one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bièregourmet (46) - Mechelen, BELGIUM - SEP 23, 2014
Black, nice foam, nose is coffee, caramel and chocolate with some dark fruit. Medium soft bodied. Taste is closed to the aroma, with a touch of licorice. sweet and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
chimpgibbon (313) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2014
Bottle from Utobeer. Black large frothy head. Caramel, little vanilla, dark fruit and a hint of funk. Wow this has kept well. Taste is cola, chocolate, fruits again. Beautiful. Oily palate, also carries booze very very well indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (13845) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle. It pours a huge, light tan head over a next to black body. Licorice, roasted malts, dark chocolate, cellar hints and some herbal hints in the aroma. Lots of licorice in the flavor, with alcohol, almond essence, roasted malts, herbal hints and dark chocolate. Full body, quite a lot of carbonation. Lasting finish with herbs, dark chocolate, bitterness and alcohol. Some solvent going on too, all the way. A bit unclean this one, but with some qualities. 140816

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Meilby (7904) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle 330ml @ Geokkjer
Pours black with a huge tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, alcohol, nutty and hint of apples. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long licorice, warm and roasted finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is fizzy

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Geokkjer (5887) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle. pours black with a big beige head. Aroma of red apples, some alcohol, licorice, caramel and malt. Flavor is sweet and warming with some malt, roasted notes, red apples, licorice and alcohol. Medium body, lively carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3287) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2014
Small beige head dark pour mild carbonation aromas molasses milky note honey caramel the flavours plums raisins honey molasses pepper medium strong bitter malt chocolate roast coffee crisp on the palate wonderful flavours the finish best aftertastes fruits roast and sweet malts lasting bitter lovely imperial

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9260) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2014
2009 bottle. Dark pour, brown head. Super malty flavor, molasses, prunes, raisins, some roast finishes nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (1748) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 24, 2014
Backlog. Vintage 2007, enjoyed August 2008. Black color. Virtually no head. Aroma’s: roasted malts, sweet dark malts, mocha. Flavor : moderate sweet, roasted, with a touch of sourness at the back of the tongue. Strong alcohol feel. Medium bodied. Finish of coffee-ish bitterness. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvikar (3505) - 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

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