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

bottled
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RATINGS: 244   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hirigalzkar (2550) - Stockholm, - OCT 6, 2012
2009 bottle. Vinous (port), milk choclaty (in a Oboy kind of way), roasted, slightly spicy, fruity, quite dry in aftertaste. Elegant.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBlueSky93 (499) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2015
Bottle from GingRealAleTrail. Pours dark brown, ruby tinge, single finger tan head. Aroma is of dark fruits, blood orange, sarsparilla, almost paint stripper, cherries, raisins, dandelion and burdock...Taste of initial dark malts, sweet malts, a bit more drum and bass chocolate, molasses, dark fruits then a whack from the abv again. Nice.

4.4
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (4697) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2015
Bottle from Kris Wines, London. Pours a jet black body with a medium beige head. Nose is molasses, deep malty tones, leather, licorice, mild smoke, wood and hints of caramel, burnt toast and rum. Taste is molasses, rum, leather, licorice, deep malts, alcohol and hints of caramel, toffee, burnt toast and herbs. Full body, medium carbonation. Very elegant and complex imperial stout in the English tradition, on the sweet side of the spectrum. I like it a lot.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vipinvelp (2827) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - MAR 8, 2015
Black small light brown foam. Weak aroma for a beer with this looks, Better taste, coffee, bitter burned toast. Short aftertaste. (Velp 201503)

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidtjm (904) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle, vintage 2013. Pour is black with a caramel frothy head, aroma is alcohol, toffee, caramel, roast malts. Taste is warming alcohol, malty, sweet, toffee, gentle bitterness. Powerful stuff, but more depth would take it to the top

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomekboniek (237) - Warsaw, POLAND - FEB 2, 2015
UPDATED: APR 17, 2015 Butelka. 0.33 l. Barwa czarna nieprzejrzysta z bardzo ładną beżową pianą, która szybko znika. W zapachu, czekolada, kawa, wanilia, śliwka. Alkohol bardzo dobrze ukryty. Bardzo dobry angielski RIS.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grumbo (870) - 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!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (2986) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle served in a Belgian snifter. BB date stamp of Fall 2014, but carefully stored. [Thanks to RBWG-14 friends for bringing this from London.] Pours near black and opaque with a barely decent head. Spotty lacing. Aroma: sweet medium and dark malts with some alcohol esters. Flavor: surprisingly sweet, even in the finish. Some hops kick in and bring more balance to the aftertaste. Both medium and dark malts with some burht toast notes. Some sherry and the like from the alcohol esters, yet the high ABV is partially hidden. Feel: full body with medium-light carbonation Despite aging the high ABV is too obvious. While this is not siply hot, it does pack some heat and tongue harshness. O: a rich, imperial sweet stout. Glad to try this but disappointing nonetheless.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (6470) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is roasted chocolate, coffee, liquorice, taste is similar.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99 (908) - CROATIA - JAN 22, 2015
Bottle; pours black with a beige head; aroma of licorice, malt, and dark fruits; taste bittersweet with licorice, a bit of chocolate, and malt; finish is bitter but not over powering with a hint of alcohol; nice imperial stout


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