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Brewed by Harveys
Style: Imperial Stout
Lewes, England
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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Bottle.
Originally 8% abv.
A strong, dark beer of great complexity and depth. Previous Winner of International Beer Challenge Best Stout/Porter Trophy 2009, Gold Medal 2009, 2010, 2012.’ Supreme Champion’ 2012


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SilkTork (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2012
275ml bottle from wine shop in Brighton. Bloody gorgeous. Black as hell - and deeply delicious. Soft as pillows, creamy stout with dark bitter notes. Splendid array of flavours. This is easy drinking beer, inviting, almost compelling, and ends too soon. I love this beer with a passion, and want to die drinking it.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Erzengel (2645) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - AUG 16, 2014
Cask @ GBBF 2014. Malty intense nose. The beer stars very viscous. Great thick. Roasted/burned malt, dried dark fruit, plums, molasses. Included in the picture is a nice intense bitterness that fits in great! Very intense. The aftertaste is very long and viscous. Dark sugar, roasted/burned malt, very dry for this ABV. Plums, nice bitterness. A great round and extreme intense brew! 15/11/14/14

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
berkshirejohn (4543) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2012
275ml bottle from an Offie in Hastings. Pours like used engine oil, a deep, shiny, luminous black colour with a ring of beige head; the aroma is full of sweet toffee coated nuts and earthy, sozzled, raisins; on taking a sip, the flavours explode in the mouth - tawny port, bitter chocolate, anchovies, moscavodo cherries, italian coffee - finally subsiding to a rich, chocolatey, licorice finish. An astounding beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (13793) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2008
Bottle at EBF 08. Lots of molasses and fig. Lots of christmas malty cake. That really is something special. Lovely deep malt, bit of spice and lovely warming finish. A really special beer with exceptional malts.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (11131) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2009
Black with a lasting tan head. The aroma is rich and complex with licorice, molasses, spices, dried fruits, cocoa, plums and port. Sweet and fruity flavour, with licorice, burnt caramel, plums, dates and figs, and a slightly roasted finish. Really lovely, almost like a dark old ale.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gr0ve (2134) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 31, 2010
275 ml bottle. Pitch black. Soft buttery aroma with lots of cacao and a hint of licorice. Intense licorice and tar flavours. Caramel and dark burnt toffee. Smokey flavours. Licorice. Fairly low carbonation. Very nice complexity with a lot of flavours and a lot of components. Sweet malts. Rich oily texture. A really great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (14770) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2013

2012-10-07, bottle from One Pint AS, bb Dec 2010 (4+ years old?), batch CIL, 8-4-9-4-17=42
Pitch black color with majestic brown head, compact and persistent. The aroma is very interesting, with roasted malts, dark chocolate and cacao nibs, light tobacco and vanilla, light sourness, very light phenols. Smooth mouthfeel, still quite round; very good flavor of roasted malts and dark chocolate, with a light touch of Christmas spices, some molasses, tobacco, very light sour touch; correct bitterness.
Lovely.

2012-05-11, bottle at Danske Ølentusiasters Ølfestival 2012, Copenhagen
bb Dec 2010, batch CIL, 8-4-8-4-17=41

The botle is gushing a bit; black color. Sourish chocolate aroma. Smooth and rich chocolate flavor, with some light sourness; it has a vinous character.
Wonderful beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CapFlu (4538) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 3, 2014
This blew the cap and half the beer ended up on the table and floor. Pours a huge overflowing head that settles to nothing in 3 minutes. Nose is huge too... resin, raisins, and soya sauce. Very robust, chalky, molasses, sherry. Very delicious. Thanks Alex.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stefano (1876) - Esbjerg, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2010
Dark colour with a creamy brown head. Aroma is very roasted with some caramel notes. Roasted and with some coffee in the flavor. Long great roasted finish. Creamy palate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (14543) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 30, 2012
bottle at benjii ... thanks to Richard ... deep brown black ... thin tan head ... soft mellow roast malt nose ... little meat ... sweet roast ... hint of marmite ... big soft meatyness ... juicy roast ... deep blackcurrant meaty malt ... little saly ... rich body ... cracking


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