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Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Imperial Stout
Horsham, England
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RATINGS: 230   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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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aenima (273) - 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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dynamiteninja (1561) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle conditioned. Mocha head. Mahogany body. Nose is dark cherries, sour cherries, oak wood, alcohol, lactic cheese, black forest fruits, blackcurrant. Sour with lactic notes. Warming. Dry finish. Good.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scottishchris (224) - 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.

4.1
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
chimpgibbon (319) - 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 (13946) - 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 (8038) - 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 (5967) - 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 (3316) - 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 (9417) - 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 (1762) - 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!


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