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Hardknott Rhetoric #2

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Brewed by Hardknott
Style: Imperial Stout
Millom, England
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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.68/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A black cherry matured grandiose stout.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichardW (1551) - 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 doesnít 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 (3264) - 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 (1724) - 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 (3625) - 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 ABís , 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 .

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zimbo (611) - SCOTLAND - JUN 14, 2014
Lovely vibrant kirsch cake nose. Light glosssy tan loose thin head.Some carb but good sappy body with sound intensity& a fair amount of cherryish booze. Sweetish full end.Just a bit too much fizz for me but nice nonetheless.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2014
4th April 2014
Opaque dark brown beer, small tan head. Smooth palate with light fine carbonation. Smooth dark malt, softish. Undertone of caramel. Nice cherry - itís rich but neither tart or sweet and not overpowering either. Finishes smooth. Very nicely joined up and quite a sumptuous beer. Right up there with the 2 or 3 best cherry stouts I can recall.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wyzzywyz22 (2037) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2014
Bottle, Ship in a Bottle, West Kirby. Deep dark chestnutty brown pour with a miniscule tan head. Sweet nose of cherry, wood, roast and choc. Similar traits in the sweetish flavour with the cherry aspect coming together successfully. ABV well masked. Very drinkable and tasty stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshtonMcCobb (2939) - 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 doesnít 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 Iím 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 donít 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 (630) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (4247) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 23, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2014 Re-rate 25/08/14. Carbonation had come on a treat, nice gentle carbonation to it. Looks up to a 4. No other change, all good. 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. 7/2/7/4/14 = 3.4


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