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Hardknott Rhetoric #2

Hardknott Rhetoric #2
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Brewed by Hardknott
Style: Imperial Stout
Millom, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A black cherry matured grandiose stout.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshtonMcCobb (2113) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 18, 2014
33cl bottle thanks to allmyvinyl Appearance - opaque black with a thin fawn head that dissipates after a couple days minutes. The texture doesn’t appear thick or creamy though I was expecting this. Nose - booze and black cherry with dark chocolate in the background. Taste - more boozy Black Forest Gateau. Also alcoholic oak barrel flavours. Some brown sugar too. Actually the malt kicks in at their end and I’m left thinking barrabrith. Luscious Palate - medium to full bodied with a big boozy sweet texture through the middle section. The finish is still fresh relatively speaking. Overall - I don’t usually go for the barrel stuff but tgis works very well.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grumbo (493) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle at The Ale House, Chelmsford. Deep brown colour with a dark red tint, and a decent tan head. Strong sweet chocolate and cherry aroma - like a bottled black forest gateaux. Full bodied, rich, soft carbonation, thick texture. A beer to savour not rush - very nice indeed, and one of my recent favourites.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (2159) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 23, 2013
330ml bottle from the brewery’s online shop. Pours very dark brown, no head and a prickly carbonation. Big chocolate and cherry aromas, big chocolate and cherry taste. Nice lingering fruit flavour. Not as good as rhetoric one, but still a nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geiserich (3102) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - DEC 5, 2013
Bottle: Black color, off-white, very low head. Roasty malty aroma, dark chocloate, remarkable fruitiness of dark fruits and cherries. Flavor is also malty sweet and roasty, dark chocolate, cacao powder, alcohol, plums, cherries, Mon Cherie. Roasty, light to medium bitter finish with cacao powder dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnar (4863) - Sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 4, 2013
Bottle from Ale By Mail. Pours very dark brown with a thin tanned head. Aroma of dark fruits, light roast, chocolate and red berries. Taste is sweet,dark fruits and malts, noticeable cherry, and sweet alcohol, light burn towards the sweet end, a tad on the sweeter side, still a good one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (1974) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2013
Bottle share at Kernel, Paul Unwin tasting. Aroma is choc, dry coffee, caramel and light booze. . Dark caramel colour, no head.Flavour is salty sweet, cherry fudge. Sticky mouthfeel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dEnk (3463) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 13, 2013
Bottle @ deans. Aroma is roasty liq, caramel, coffee, winey. Flavour is quite sweet and sugary, malty pot and wine. Nice.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (2781) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle at Paul tasting. Sour black cherries all over the nose with light funk and grassy hops. Like a black cherry cake. Vanilla sweetness in the taste with more cherries, candy sugar, cherry cake, big tart. Solid stuff and drinks well just didn’t quite stand up to the previous few stouts. Although if you saw the list you would understand why

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrHangover (2139) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours a pitch black beer with a very small beige head. Aroma of cherries, roasted malts and light caramel. Flavour is very sweet and light boozy. Medium long aftertaste, very sweet and sugary. Quite nice still.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (1915) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle shared at the Kernel, Paul tasting. It pours a dark brown/black body with a thin tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, cherries, marzipan, sherry and maltiness. Taste is quite sweet, with some tartness from the cherries. Full body, smooth texture, low level of carbonation, quite cherry acidic finish. Very good and well rounded.


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