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

bottled
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RATINGS: 227   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.


hirigalzkar's rating

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hirigalzkar (2283) - 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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
chimpgibbon (298) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (13346) - 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

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Meilby (7385) - 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

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Geokkjer (5719) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3216) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2014
2009 bottle. Dark pour, brown head. Super malty flavor, molasses, prunes, raisins, some roast finishes nicely.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (1641) - 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!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvikar (3372) - 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 (2080) - 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 (5360) - 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.


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