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


on tap

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RATINGS: 255   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aenima (323) - Askim, - OCT 19, 2013
Strong vinous coffee aroma. The taste is full of caramell, chocolate, roast and some coffee. A little overcarbonated and maybe slightly bitter than I would prefer. Balanced and solid imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (4587) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2015
Bottle. Black with a medium head. Full bodied with a strong presence from the start. Low carbonation and a slightly woody mouth feel make for an excellent drinking experience. A serious example of this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
altonbrownd (4591) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2015
2/9/2009 6:28:46 AM Dark body with thin head. Deep, dark fruity and sweet nose. Taste of dark fruits, coffee. Flavourful. Bitter and warming. Another excellent Dark Star.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biirusaikou (1494) - - OCT 19, 2015
Bottle shared, thanks Tim M. Quite estery and fruit-forward, cherry, raisin, berries, toffee, boozy finish. Not sure it aged very well, alcohol stands out a bit too much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willisread (1283) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 19, 2015
Bottle shared at a tasting. Thanks Tim! Pours a pitch black with some ruby highlights and small head that dissipates almost instantly. Aromas of prune, raisin and currant with some berry and some port-like character. Body was a little thin and the booze was there, but still enjoyable. Finishes a little winey. Interesting, but a bit too boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (3061) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle. Thanks Tim M. Marker pens in aroma. Spirits, dark cherry. Taste is soft, cherry, sweet, vinous. Low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hansen (8092) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2015
Black coloured with a light brown head. Lasting. Roasted aroma with notes of solvents and a bit too alcoholic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EHSRanders (1916) - Tjele, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2015
Bottle. Black colour with medium creamy light brown mostly lasting head. Aroma is roasted malt. Sweet spicy flavor. Oily palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (12047) - Randers, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2015
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown good mostly lasting head. Black colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Some sweetness. Average moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (2389) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2015
September 14, 2015. Bottle at home, vintage 2013.
Black with large, a bit frothy quickly dissipating, tan head. Aroma is licorice, plum, figs, vanilla, roasted malt and hints of alcohol. Taste is sweet dark fruits, ester and light bitter. Finish is sweet with plums, figs, hints of toffee and light bitter with some warming alcohol. Medium to full bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation.
A bit too much sweet fruity esters with a very light touch of higher alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tonkatruck (42) - SPAIN - SEP 7, 2015
Difficult to pour very high carb. Dark roast malt aroma but not much. smooth alcohol on the pallet. Tastes a bit 1 D expected more from an imperial stout. Needs a food pairing to enjoy better.

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