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Brewed by Hawkshead
Style: Imperial Stout
Kendal, England
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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.86/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Special.
A robust imperial Stout.


cgarvieuk's rating

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (13920) - Edinburgh, - JUL 12, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2012 cask at caley sample rooms ... trial brew ... deep black ... thin tan head ...depp mellow roast soft toffee .. big chocolate .. rich chocolate malt .... 4.2 cask at caley ... deeep black ... small creamy tan ... mellow rich dark chocolate malt nose ... soft smooth roast ....rich oily body ... soft roast ... light biiter ... soft coffee roast ... 4.3
Earlier Rating: 4/26/2012 Total Score: 4.2
cask at paisey ... deep black ... thin tan head ... rich deep complex malt and almost complex ... dark meaty chocolate malts ... heavy roast ... dark chocolate ... silky body ... light marmite ... deep complex roast


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
McNeillR (1088) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (1602) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (6136) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2013
Bottle at Bruce’s, 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
maneliquor (2992) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 20, 2013
Bottle at Jack’s farewell at Bruce’s. 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4291) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2013
Bottle @ Bruce’s. The pour’s 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (10419) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2013
Bottle at Bruce’s during The first stop of Jack’s 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamestulloch (1224) - 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. It’s really smooth - no harshness at all.

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

Overall: A rich, boozy, complex Imperial Stout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29018) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
worldbeertaste (1597) - AUSTRIA - NOV 20, 2012
Solid black and I mean black tha no light can penetrate. Thick creamy lasting thick tan head. Smells of deep roast, chocolate and coffee. Rather medium oily thin body. Taste of roast that fills the mouth and lasts. Coffee, liquorish and chocolate. Sweet treacle and dark fruit. It is incredibly good but unfortunatly the alcohol feels clearly preasent. Needs a year or two of maturing an it would be one of the best beers in the world.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
realalechamp (41) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2012
Had on hand pump at Pivni. What a fine dark ale. It has rich roasts, chocolate, and coffee: everything a strong dark ale should be. I would perhaps prefer more thickness to the body, but otherwise this is sensational. Rumour has it more Hawkshead ales are coming to Pivni. I can’t wait!


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