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Brewed by Hopshackle
Style: Imperial Stout
Market Deeping, England
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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   IBU: 66   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle; Brewed annually.
This beer is dedicated to the breweries that once made this style of beer in vast quantities for export to the Baltic States. It contains five different malts and dark treacle, but only one variety of hop which is Northern Brewer.
Once the initial fermentation is over the beer is transferred into a conditioning tank, placed in the brewery cellar and aged for a period of six months. This allows the complex flavours to develop before the next stage which is bottling. The beer is reprimed with sugar and a fresh dose of alcohol tolerant yeast, bottled and then placed in a conditioning room between 25-30 degrees C. After 4-6 weeks the beer is checked for carbonation levels, taste and other quality parameters. If all is well, then it is ready to be sold which is usually around November or December. As the beer is only made once a year there is a limited supply each year which is usually around 1600 bottles. Every bottle is numbered and marked with the month and year of production and is therefore unique.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (3610) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 16, 2013
275ml bottle

2009 vintage, bottle #250 - Pours pitch black with a bubbly light brown head. Aroma of roasty malts, chocolate, licorice and cocoa. Taste is malty, roasty and strong with licorice notes, herbs and alcohol. Finish is warming and strong with licorice and roasty notes. Okay, quite malty and strong imperial stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (5407) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 16, 2013
27,5 cl bottle vintage 2009 @ olio. Bottle #250, production date 01/2009, BBE 07/2014.
Aroma has soy sauce, some salty licorice and hints of coffee. Flavour has soy sauce, some fruity notes, salty licorice and herbs. Also some vanilla and bourbon notes, which make me wonder if this has been in a barrel. Quite thin and straightforward for this style and ABV, gets better towards the end of the glass though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (7898) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle at ChrisO Snow tasting, thanks to Chris, 20/01/13. Extremely dark mahogony brown with a thin tan head. Nose carries dark malts, dark fruits, light sugars, molasses, touch of booze. Taste comprises dark fruits, booze, raisens, dark malt, figs, molasses, spice. Full bodied, soft carbonation, boozey finish. Decent enough stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14290) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle from Beers of Europe, King’s Lynn
Brewed March 2012; bb November 2015; bottle 164/1600

Black color, with medium sized brown head, creamy, but reducing quite quickly. The aroma is very mild, there is some cardboard, roasted malt, tar. Full bodied, yet with a lean mouthfeel; quite good flavor of roasted malts and chocolate, without exceeding on the burnt side, but also with a moderate liquorice character; correct bitterness, and nice alcohol warmth.
Good beer, not exceptional.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EHSRanders (1752) - Tjele, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle. Black colour with small creamy light brown mostly lasting head. Aroma is roasted malt. Sweet spicy flavor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (10578) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle @ HenrikSoegaard tasting. Black with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish. Oily. 171112

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (10367) - Randers, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2012
Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Nice chocolate and licorice notes. Moderate bitter flavor. Licorice notes and chcolate notes. Average moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate. Nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
saxo (13796) - Hřjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle #247 from Kris Wines. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, nuts, chocolate, coffee, notes of licorice and hops. Nice dry and very smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (4741) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle shared. Pours dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, raisins and dark chocolate. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light to medium bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (5018) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle courtesy if and shared with kermis. Thin tan head. Nice aroma. Black pour. Great complex brew


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