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Hardknott Rhetoric #2

 (RETIRED)
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Formerly brewed at Hardknott
Style: Imperial Stout
Millom, England
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A black cherry matured grandiose stout.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gegwilson (2184) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2015
Bottle from Open All Hours in Keswick. Pours deep mahogany, almost black with a nice layer of beige foam. The aroma is sweet treacle and cherry. The taste is rich with an initial lightly sour edge. Theres some sweetness too with notes of brown sugar, light spice, chocolate and liquorice. The cherries come through nicely in the fruity finish. The alcohol is barely noticable but provides a pleasant warmth. The mouth feel is smooth. Very pleasant and a nice twist to an imperial stout.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Geokkjer (6679) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 24, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, spice, some roasted malt, wood and alcohol. Flavor is sweet and malty with some caramel, cherry, brown sugar and warming alcohol. Medium body, average carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (9728) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 24, 2015
Bottle 330ml @ Geokkjer
Pours dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, alcohol and brown sugar. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light bitter with a long warm, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar and cherry finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
yngwie (15566) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 24, 2015
Bottle. A flat, dark brown beer with a few dark beige bubble. Roasted, bonfire-ish aroma with acetone, some dark dried fruits and a touch of cherries I wouldn’t recognice if I didn’t read the commercial description. It’s quite dry on the palate, soft and sweetish. Warming. Burnt flavor with some dried fruits and a touch of higher alcohols. Lasting finish. Not very good this one, certainly not my kind of Imperial Stout. 150524

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gary (1664) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2015 An excellent fucken Imperial Stout this is a phone rating so no complexity report. . EDIT. I will update with dumb details of this soon. Bottle @ the Magpie and Crown brentford.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (6760) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is roasted, cherry, chocolate, taste is sweet fruity cherry, liquorice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichardW (1764) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle Tebay services. Huge ripe fruit and yeasty aroma, with that subtle aniseed aroma in behind. Beautiful sweet flavour, with brown sugar on the tongue. Warming alcohol that doesn’t smack you in the face, rather creps up on you nicely. Plenty of spice and raisins late on. A very well made beer, looking forward to Number 3....

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beersiveknown (4009) - NORTHERN IRELAND - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle at home from hardknott online
rich, slightly acetic fruity balsamic nose. dark brown black with beige lacing. Thick, full bodied, fruity, sweet, dark fruits, decadent, complex warming but not boozy. Excellent stuff

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Garrold (2689) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle from Bier Huis, Ossett. Clear, dark, cherry red. No head. Black cherry. Cherry liqueur chocolate. Taste is sweet, cheap, cherry liqueur chocolates. Harsh, boozy palate. Finish is sweet and boozy, and not a lot else.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (4592) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle @ Barely Legal Tasting Room Pours dark brown . No foam possible ! Smell is pretty plastic-ish ( like a lot of the brewdog Abstrakts seem to have ) , and rather light . Taste is intense , roasted malts, chocolate aspect . Liquorice, sweet, some oats ( way in the back ) Low carbo, thin mouthfeel . Taste exactly like the line of AB’s , but is not nearly as expensive. An OK beer in general, but nothing to go wild for . When reading the fruits are in here, you can taste them, but its very well blended in, so in a blind tasting, I would have never guessed it .


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