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Brewed by Downton
Style: Imperial Stout
Salisbury, England
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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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
jackl (4980) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Gravity @ Wandsworth Common Halloween Beer Festival. The pour’s deep brown with a small off-white head. The nose is big roasted grains, some chocolate cake, mild lactose and hints of coffee creamer. The taste is slightly tangy sweet blackberry jam, more chocolate cake, roasted malts and wood. Coffee beans, toasted buttered brown bread. Supple, big body. Lightly oily. The alcohol is hidden very well indeed. Overall, a very solid effort. Well-made stuff for sure. Tasty, but perhaps lacking in the superlative flavor that would really push this into the top tier.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lowenbrau (2170) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - NOV 20, 2014
500ml bottle @Wyndham Arms, Salisbury. 08-08-2014.
In short: nice flat Imp. Stout.
Pours flat black, almost no head, no lacing. Roasty, chocolate, coffee aromas. Medium body, soft carbonation.Taste follows the nose. Viscous texture. Bitter aftertaste.Enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (3510) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2014
Cask at the Wellington; dark brown pour with a bubbly dark tan head, sweet treacle aroma, taste has dark fruit, stewed plums, roast malts, coffee, a hint of chocolate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (5536) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2014
500ml Bottle - Black in colour. Plain chocolate, roasted malt and coffee in the aroma. Rich yet smooth taste with coffee and plain chocolate dominating and some slightly hoppy and soapy notes being noticeable in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2014
Cask at the Le Gothique Wandsworth Beer Festival on 29 March 2012. Poured black, with a rocky tan head. Aroma was slightly subdued, but there was definite roasted malt, dark cocoa and slight Oxo. Thick, full palate. Dark fruit flavours, with oily bitterness and coffee. Finish was dark fruit, burnt malt and toasted bread.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1046) - 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 (6524) - 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 (948) - 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 (2689) - 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 (4244) - 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 (4144) - 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.


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