Brewed by Hopshackle
Style: Imperial Stout
Peterborough, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   IBU: 66   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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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.

Theydon_Bois' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (10377) - The ’Sham, Surrey, - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (4475) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 26, 2014
275ml bottle from Beers auf Europe. Jet black pour, big tan head. Aromas are liquorice, leather, tar, pipe tobacco, hint of dark chocolate. Taste is sweet, more tar and liquorice. Burnt notes, but good. Warming smooth booze hint. Rich, creamy texture. Long finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamesie1857 (1492) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2014
275ml bottle from Beer Hawk - Dark black brown body with a small beige head. Aroma is roasted, chocolate malt, dark dried fruit, liquorice. Flavour is heavy sweet and bitter with dark dried fruit, liquorice. Nice oily body makes this a very nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
The_Osprey (2184) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2014
Vintage 2009 #168. Exactly 5 years old. Poured into a snifter. Thinnish pour, forms a black beer with no head. Smell - liquorice, bread, alcohol, brandy, musty chocolate that’s been left out for a while. Body - smooth, medium to light body, carbonation is low. Taste - chocolate and plastic up front, background yeast, coffee and smoke. I’m not getting any of the alcohol that was present in the aroma. All very smooth. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2013
Appearance: Black with thin tan head. Aroma: Liquorice, prune, vinous and a hint of treacle. Taste: Medium sweetness, low/medium bitterness and low sourness. Palate: Thick smooth texture, medium body, average carbonation, lingering astringent, liquorice and treacle finish with alcohol warmth. Comments: Very good. This rating is for the bottled version 9.3%ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (3730) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2013
bottle thnx to the brewer bottle 451/1600 pours black, good grey head smell is bitter ( chocolate ? ) very good, heavy yet balanced, elegant taste roasted malts, chocolate, bit coffee, bit bitter , very drinkable, good carbo . reminding at black albert, , but more elegant .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (5059) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Bottle @ Croydonia. The pour’s deep brown with a small head. The nose is cocoa, toffee, christmas cake. Some creme brulee. The taste is similar - cocoa, caramel bright chocolate sweetness. Just a touch of red berry tang on the finish. Medium body, fine carbonation. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (5196) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 14, 2013
Botlle courtesy of Scopey as part of European local swap II. Production date January 2009. Bottle No 1480. Almost black colored beer with small beige head. Roasty aroma with coffee, cocoa bones, vanilla, alcohol, lot of alcohol. Taste, roasted malt, coffee dark chocolate, plums, licorice, ash, wet wood. Strong coffee bitter, alcoholic finish. Tasty beer, however little bit boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (12233) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2013
Bottle at the Croydonia Tasting - East Croydon. This one I picked up at the Kris Wines some time ago. Pours clear, brown-black with a fine, tan cream head. Nose of dried dark fruits, chocolate, well-roasted malts and ash. Medium to big sweet flavor with sugary, dry bread, raisins, chocolate cake, dark fruits. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming finish with deep and dark malts, chocolate, burnt marshmallows, prunes and other dark, dried and ripened fruits. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7618) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2013
Bottle shared by Leighton at Croydonia tasting. It pours darkest brown with a small beige head. The nose is roasty, liquorice, wood, sweet vanilla, coconut and booze. The taste is roasted malt, toast, cocoa, earth, liquorice, ash, caramel, toffee, vanilla and alcohol. Medium-full body and fine carbonation. Well-integrated and pretty tasty. Perhaps a touch boozy, but not too shabby at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lusikka (6603) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 16, 2013
275 ml bottle. 2009 vintage.
Pours a black colour with a small white foamy head. Rich aroma of roasted malts, wood, licorice and weak metallic notes. Flavour of roasted malts, biscuit, licorice, some acidity and bitter chocolate. Alcohol warms a bit. Full bodied, oily and thin mouthfeel with low carbonation. Not at it’s best anymore I think.

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