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


on tap

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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.9/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
Cask; Special.
A robust imperial Stout.

medallaisla's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
medallaisla (91) - - AUG 11, 2012
Cask. Jet black with a tan lasting head. Aroma: Lots of roasted malts and dark fruits and some hops. The taste is quite similar to the aroma, with some sweet carob/cocoa. Itís no wonder this is one of the hottest breweries in the UK at present.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (21444) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 26, 2016
Cask at the source. Jet black color, beige head. Earthy cocoa aroma. Taste has espresso, vanilla, burnt brownies. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (10619) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2015
Cask at the Caley Sample Rooms. Pours black, nose is roasted, chocolate, coffee, taste is similar, rich, smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
McNeillR (2227) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 19, 2013
Rustic boozy nose with a hobnob light oatiness and oak. Firm richness, seeping coffee and jangles of peppery dark chocolate. Straight laced oiliness around a rich mouthfeel. Light plum and sultana pudding richness on the finish, with daubs of vanilla sweetness on the linger buried in bitterness.
Decent, but far from impressive.

Cask, Hanging Bat

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (4270) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Oak aged, bottle conditioned Imperial stout hand bottled on 11 Sept. 2012. ABU=8.3% Poured nearly black with a durable head. The glass is nicely coated upon tilting. Aroma: wild ale with coffee and toasted grains. Taste: an off(?) sour note; rich and complex; coffee and funk, anong other flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (12511) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2013
Bottle at Bruceís, thanks to jackl. It pours very dark brown with a bubbly beige head. The nose is rather restrained, wood, earth, light roast, dull chocolate and cola bottles sweets. The taste is roasted malt, toast, earth, wood, faint smoke, medicinal, burnt notes and dull ash with a very dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Not a whole lot of depth to it. So-so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
maneliquor (3483) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 20, 2013
Bottle at Jackís farewell at Bruceís. Pours chestnut brown, a touch darker even, with a light tan rim of a head giving away some spotty lacing. Nose is heavy on the bitter coffee beans with some light tangy fruits - orange & tangerine. Tangy fruits not coming through overly in the taste - focuses more on mocha drive to it with additions of bread, light spice and some burnt/ashy tones. Quite thin on the palate with some sharp bitterness. Not bad but nothing special

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (7063) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2013
Bottle @ Bruceís. The pourís deep brown with a small head. The nose is charred wood, roast, some ash, dark chocolate. The taste is rich roast, vanilla, german chocolate cake. Full body, oily, soft carbonation. Overall, OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2013
Bottle at Bruceís during The first stop of Jackís Farewell - big thanks to Jack. Pours mostly clear, dark brown with a frothy tan head. Nose holds some lightly tangy, dried and burnt wood, hints of bitter cocoa, mild roast. Medium sweet flavor, fairly dry, dirt, roast, burnt wood, modest alcohol bump, some tangy berries. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming finish, further tangy dry wood, some oily chocolate, light bitter earth. Very nice beer. Good nuance here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamestulloch (3428) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 4, 2013
Aroma: Chocolate ice cream, vanilla, Marmite, ash, bubblegum and plum.

Appearance: Dense black body with a massive tan head that holds really well. Excellent lacing.

Taste: Very tangy. Hints of smoke, wet wood and stone fruits. Itís really smooth - no harshness at all.

Palate: Medium body with a very oily mouthfeel. Soft carbonation.

Overall: A rich, boozy, complex Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (34362) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2013
Cask at ACBF 2012. A dark brown beer with only minimal head. The aroma has notes of chocolate, malt, bread, and hops. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, chocolate, bread, and hops, leading to a bitter finish.

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