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Brewed by Magic Rock
Style: Imperial Stout
Huddersfield, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Say hello to the Bearded Lady, our uncompromisingly big and beautiful Imperial Stout. Born from our Dark Arts recipe she uses masses of magical malts to deliver deep chocolate, rich coffee and vinous berry flavours all complemented by a balanced yet subtly spicy hop profile. Powerful, robust, intriguing; yet decadently smooth and sumptuous, the lady demands respect…


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9274) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 1, 2014
Tap (Pudel, Tallinn) (7+:4+:7-:4-:13+=3.5+)
Lovely aroma, even though I have a bit of a cold. Super rich roast, a little chocolate cake icing, temptingly sweet. Black, brief keggy dark tan head. Very bitter in the mouth, burnt, and with a wormwoody pungency. But it’s surprisingly drinkable, for 10.5%. Very full and smooth palate, just enough carbonation to cut through any stickiness. Roast and bitterness do become more oppressive as it warms, acidity builds. Finish is a copy of the taste, but shows more of the bitter and acrid aspects. Hops are nice and earthy and barky, which I like. If I was ticking a thimble I’d surely have given this more, but in quantity it becomes too oppressive.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kingi (462) - - MAR 29, 2014
Aroma is soft malts, some chocolate, light roastyness. Black Beer Nice head. Taste is Medium bitterness, light sweetness, light Salt and Coffee. Full body, creamy feel, bitter Finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (2637) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 29, 2014
Tap. Very very dark brown color. Medium size, thick brown head, stays. Sweet, roast, husky malts, coffee, liquorice and sense of alcohol in aroma. Mix of melted dark chocolate and coffee, bound together by deep roast and punch-in-a-face hops and covered with alcohol. That’s the taste. Aftertaste is as long and as bitter as Thatchers politics over working class. Bitter alcohol, although with sweet notes, makes it difficult to drink, but still enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5127) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Black, thin but dense brown head. Smells like coffee and tobacco, plus some red wine. Very smooth, rich palate. Note of wood, coffee and chocolate. Dry, oaky finish. Very tasty...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (6127) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2014
33 cl bottle.
Pours black color with a small off-white head. Aroma is dry and malty, some roasty notes, chocolate, cocoa and faint coffee also. Flavor of caramel, chocolate, some coffee, salty licorice and some brown sugar. Dry sweetish palate. A solid IS but nothing special.
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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (5619) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2014
33 cl bottle @ olio, BBE 2018
Aroma has ash, some tobacco, salty licorice and licorice root. Flavour has salty licorice, some ash and hints of tobacco. Too salty and actually pretty similar to the Sierra Nevada Narwhal we had before this.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8190) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle at Downtown Inn tasting - RBWG Asheville. Pours brownish black with tan head. Nose and taste of toasted grainy nuts, roast chocolate malt, black licorice and coffee. Medium body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6595) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle at RBWG 2014. Pours a very dark brown with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has dark grains with a bit of must and just a touch of dark bitter roasted malts. Flavor has notes of bitter roasted malts with dark grains and a hint of dark chocolate backing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
italarican (1481) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle shared during some post-bus drinking at the Downtown Inn for RBWG. Dark brown pour. Nose has moderate cocoa notes with slight smoke and earthiness. Silky but thin mouthfeel. Solid stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlpeeler (85) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - FEB 9, 2014
On tap very dark with very little head. Taste is malt and coffee. Had it side by side with an Old Rasputin and there were definite similarities. Carries the alcohol well.


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