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Brewed by Downton
Style: Imperial Stout
Salisbury, England
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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Cask; Occasional. Also available Bottle Conditioned.

This imperial stout has an abundance of chocolate and roasted coffee flavours and aromas. Inspired by our brewers Italian family, this silky smooth, rich stout is balanced by a plentiful supply of powerful resinous hops to match the high alcoholic strength.


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (7094) - Croydon, Greater London, - NOV 17, 2012
Cask at the 13th Egham Beer Fest. It pours opaque very dark brown with a small tan head. The nose is toast, soft dark fruit, chocolate, touch of manure, baking cocoa and earth. The taste is roasted malt, coffee, charcoal, dark chocolate, gateaux, dark fruit and earth with a dry, roasty finish. Full body, soft carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Nice chocolate aspect. Dangerously drinkable. An impressive brew from Downton.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mr_Pink_152 (848) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2014
500ml bottle from the Grumpy Goat Reading. Black colour with a tiny beige head. aroma has Toasted malt, chocolate, and coffee coupled with a dark roast coffee flavour.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (6391) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2014
Cask-conditioned, on gravity, at Bristol Beer Festival, March 2014. Near black with a thin, off-white head. Dense, roasted malts, some dark chocolate and a touch of hedgerow hops, before a toasty finish. Good.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
olliejobbins (825) - Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2014
500ml bottle. pours jet black. extremely thick oily pour. my bottle was flat as a pancake. no head. i see others had a reasonable head so i’d like this again with some carbonation. but it was good nonetheless. aroma is of coffee, molasses and burnt toast. taste is hampered somewhat by the lack of carbonation. i think it just tastes...off... extremely bitter, sour after taste. the texture is so thick! nice coffee notes and bitter chocolate. i want this again.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (2578) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2014
Gravity at Battersea Beer Festival, pours a deep black-brown with a fast-settling head, cocoa and Bisto nose, dry umami palate with cocoa and coffee hints and a bitter overtone. A little shallow for the strength?

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (3672) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 8, 2013
500ml bottle from Beers of Europe, shared at home. Pours jet black with a thin tan head, nice lacing. Lots of chocolate and coffee on the aroma. Taste has a good bitterness too. Creamy and rich, full-bodied. Liqourice coming through at the end. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (3905) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2013
500ml shared between three, bottle conditioned. 12th Oct 2013, in a friends house, Salisbury, after a few beers down town. Very dark, OK, it’s black. Tan head on each little tumbler. Coffee and dark chocolate notes in the aroma and taste, the slightly over roasted malts doing a good job: the hop content ensuring there is a dry finish and mild bitter undertone throughout. Good smooth feel to the body and a lovely night cap after a long day of sport, sight-seeing and drinking.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (15336) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2013
23rd December 2012
Opaque black - brown beer with a small bubbly tan head. Palate is dry and slightly crisp. Minerals. Earthy coffee and dark malts. Trace of tangy dark fruits. Finishes semi dry with medium roast bitterness.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Osprey87 (1821) - WALES - MAR 16, 2013
Jan 2013 - draught. Sweet smokey and intense. Good body. Hides alcohol quite well and is not too sharp despite the 9%. It’s an OK sipping beer and a good beer of its type but I found this one quite sickly.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
prawlie (1154) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2013
Half pint at the Nags Head in Reading. Black with a bubbly head. Nice light chocolate aroma. Strong roasty taste, with plenty of chocolate and little alcohol burn. A good effort.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (35220) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2013

Bottle 500ml.

Clear dark black brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, coffee, licorice. Flavour is light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, dark roasted, chocolate, licorice, dusty. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20121208]


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