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Hawkshead Damson & Vanilla Imperial Stout

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Brewed by Hawkshead
Style: Imperial Stout
Staveley, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
Oak Aged Beer - Bottled Conditioned - Strong stout matured in a Bladnoch whisky cask with Lyth Valley Damsons and whole Medagascan Vanilla Pods. Brewed: 06/01/12, Casked: 02/02/12, Hand Bottled: 04/08/12

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (10880) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is chocolate, vanilla, fruity, honey, taste is dry, sweet, fruity, oaky, hint of whisky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (21902) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 4, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2015 cask at bat ... deep black ... small tan head ... soft chocolate ... oft brettish nose ... dark chocolate ... mellow roast ... again brettish tones .. soft whiskey ... mellow smooth ... interesting but not my thing...only lightest fruit... its either the whisky or something bretty dominating Bottle at home.. Jan 2015 ...Deep black.. Small tan head... Dark chocolate roast malts... Sift fruits.. Mellow malts nose... Dark roast dark malts.. Chocolate roast.. Big sweet fruits... Plummy.. Dark berries... Maybe even damsons :-) nice 4.1 really come into its own.. You know whisky has mellowed off leaving softest tones... Oh yeah. I really hope ive another Turns out i do, but hadnt realised id had one so recenlt. this is probably it :-( ...Sept 2015 ... dark black ... thin tan lacing ... soft chocolate roast malt nose.. ligh fizz ... dark fruit .. soft damsons ... light creamy vanilla ... mellow chocolate 4.1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zimbo (907) - SCOTLAND - JAN 3, 2013
Gorgeous deep flesh damp nose. Very complex. Starts with a degree of thinness and slight fizz but takes a very long beautifully sceneic route over my tongue with elements of deep dark roast, tar and sourness. Vanilla, damsom and the Bladnoch cask are all very well integrated. More potent than the 8.3% ABV would suggest. Maybe a bit young.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12720) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle thanks to Jack at the 0-65% tasting. It pours very dark ruby with a medium tan head. The nose is Dandelion & Burdock, dark fruit...prune, plum, roasted malt, caramel/toffee and a touch of vanilla. The taste is Dandelion & Burdock, roasted malt, light sourness, medicinal aspect, plum skin, prune, grape skin, alcohol warmth, hint of vanilla and some alcohol warmth in the finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation and slightly sticky mouth-feel. Pretty tasty actually.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Leighton (18745) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle at the 0-65% Tasting, London - thanks to Jack for sharing. Pours dark brown with a big, beige cream head. Lightly medicinal nose, some dark malts. Medium sweet flavor with prominent wood, alcohol, lots of medicinal character, astringency, faint earth. Full bodied with fine carbonation and somewhat oily. Lightly warming to finish, still oily, some charred wood, light tangy dark malts. Very unimpressive. I like Hawkshead and expected much more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22535) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2012
11th December 2012
The 0-65 tasting. Four guys, fourteen beers, average abv 12.9%, 65 mins! Think this one was Jack - cheers ears! Almost clear dark brown beer, tiny pale tan head. Smooth palate. Tangy dark malt, light and fruity - very slightly sour. Not getting huge amounts of vanilla but it smooths out the dark malt. All right. A bit more vanilla at the very end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (7070) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle @ The 0-65% Tasting. The pour’s deep brown with a tiny white head. The nose is vanilla, brown sugar, light plum and mild yogurt sourness. The taste is plum. brown sugar, runny toffee and bitter chocolate. There’s a strange, somewhat tannic taste to this beer. Medium body, oily. Overall, not bad, but I thought the sour plum flavors dominated a bit too much for my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
worldbeertaste (1796) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2013 Solid black with a frothy thick creamy lasting tan head. Smells of deep roast, chocolate and coffee with whiskey cherry, pomegranate, vanilla and chocolate. Medium frothy smooth clean body. Taste of strong lasting roast with vanilla sweetness with a sour ash coffee, liquorish and chocolate. The bitterness of the Damson is clean like gooseberries. Damsons fluctuate depending on the bottle. Brewed 10 months ago and that age did it wonders. Needs about a year and it would be perfect.

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