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Brewed by Hopshackle
Style: Imperial Stout
Peterborough, England
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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (5727) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle courtesy if and shared with kermis. Thin tan head. Nice aroma. Black pour. Great complex brew

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2012
3rd November 2010
Opaque black beer, small tan head. Milky dark malt nose. Smooth semi soft palate. Nice dark malt - robust but not bitter and with lactose creamy sweetness. Nice smooth Impy, not much complexity but quite sumptuous.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5759) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 29, 2012
28cl, Vintage 2010, Bottle 198/1600, at 9.3%Vol, exclusive English brew, from Beers of Europe Setchey, very complex Stout, roasted/sweet and slightly bitter/fruity, balanced, clear, small head, very good brew, yet expensive!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
erickok (3793) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - MAY 22, 2012
Thanks to Leighton for this bottle! Black bodied, with a creamy, very fine, tan head. Cookies, leather, some chocolate and butterscotch. Bit disappointing. Very smooth soft body, warming alcohol clearly present. Sweet, round taste with a light hop sharpness. Not as thick or rich as modern imperial stouts often are at this abv. Tasty, but not outstanding or standing out. (33cl bottle)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrotherLogic (252) - California, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Tasty standard impy stout - nothing outstanding but nothing underwhelming either - a nice beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20902) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 7, 2011
Bottled@The Chriso "Rock The Roof Down" pre-gbbf shindig. Very deep brown colour, close to black with a small beigeish brown head. Aroma is liquorice, roasted malts, some alcohol as well as dark dry fruits and soms slight burning sugar. Flavour is roasted malts, some liquorice, mild fruityness as well as some raisins. Longlasting big malty finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7315) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2011
275ml. Glossy pitch beer with a loose-bubbled, fleeting tan halo retreating immediately to the edges of the glass. Well roasted, espresso-dappled nose with attractive shiny red apple notes. Powdery on the palate like cocoa; smooth and subtly fruity with more of that polished red apple easing into a deep coffee and bitter chocolate finish; maybe some nectarine-like yeast leaning towards Belgium. Mildly smoky, cigar-like tail. Good stout but simplistic at 9.8%with nothing to distinguish it from the pack.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (5520) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2011
275ml Bottle - Very dark in colour. Leather, vinous fruit, Bournville chocolate and coffee in the aroma. The taste is rich and complex with notes of plain chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. A nice one to sip and rather indulgent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bullit (4030) - Burgos, SPAIN - APR 25, 2011
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Black colour, small beige head. Aroma of roasted malts and chocolate, fruits. Flavour of roasted malts, bit of cacao and coffee, some fruityness. Nice one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FatPhil (9594) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 23, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2013 275ml bottle - shared by SaintMatty - thanks!
6 Fairly sudued aroma. Some rich burntness in there.
4 obsidian, very brief head.
7 Slightly stodgy roast, dry burntness, just short of ashiness. Alas slightly
4 Sweet and smooth, carbonation low. Finish a little mashy and heavily roasted, drying, but not astringent. There’s even some dark dry hoppy bitterness.
14 Fairly good balance, thick and heavy, but without being oppressive. Solid, and definitely quite a serious sipper.
Rerate: 275ml bottle (Snow@ChrisO) Brewed 2009 (7:5:7:5:15=3.9)
Sharp dark berry aroma. Super-rich roast. Full bodied. Wow, the ageing has been good to this one.
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