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Northern Monk Strannik Imperial Stout

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Brewed by Northern Monk Brew Co.
Style: Imperial Stout
Leeds, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Imperial stout is descended from the strongest - ’stoutest’ - porter brewed in Britain in the 18th century, a beer that found particular favour with the Tsar of Russia in St Petersburg, which is where it is believed to get its ’imperial’ designation from. It was a beer that could be laid down for years, or enjoyed straight away. Strannik: the pilgrim, the one who travels. A beer of simple means - deriving strength from pale malted barley and character through four roasted malts. British hops provide both the rounded bitterness and the floral, spicy notes to compliment the roast and chocolate. Drink one, keep one. Allow the flavours to develop over the years before experiencing this classic stout. Malt bill: Pale malt, roasted barley, chocolate malt, brown malt, crystal malt, oats and brown sugar. Copper Hops: Northdown ABV 9.0% (to be confirmed by Hambletons) Bittering Units 85 EBC 90 10BBL Strannik, the pilgrim, the one who travels. A beer of simple means, deriving strength from pale malted barley and character through four roasted malts. Northdown hops provide the rounded bitterness and the floral, spicey notes to compliment the roast and chocolate.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (2014) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2015
330ml bottle. Pours black in colour with a tan foam head leaving lacing. Nose of roasted malt, dark fruits, chocolate & coffee. Flavour is roast malt, sweetish with dark chocolate, dried fruit, raisins, coffee, some bitterness. Oily mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, finish is lingering sweet and dry earthy roast bitter. Nicely drinkable.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Hippoman (520) - Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2015
Keg at IMBC 2015. Very dark brown, almost black beer with a tiny, white head. The nose is very rich with loads of treacle, coffee and dark chocolate. The flavour opens rich, toasty and smoky but crashes into a short, bitter finish, leaving a pleasant aftertaste and just a hint of sweet dairy, as well as boozy, brandy flavours. It’s a smooth beer, and pretty drinkable at 9%, however probably more to savour on its own, rather than to smash down at an event like this, so I didn’t enjoy it as much as I suspect I might have in other circumstances.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (12181) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 21, 2015
Keg (Draft House Westbridge, Clapham) (7+:4+:7+:4:14=3.6+++)
Beautiful roast aroma - marmitey. Taste so beautifully smooth for the hhugeness of the roast. Very full palate, but a bit over-carbonated in the mouth. Tarry. Finish quite sticky, but here the carbonation is useful - it cuts through the stickiness. Finish is also tarry. Quite massive a beer, but done with a sophistication, or at least a balance, and a solid coherency, nothing seems out of place.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2015
From keg at the Draft House Northcote, Battersea on 28 August 2015. Very dark. Lasting tan head. Roasty grain and creamy coffee on the nose. A little medicinal in the flavour department. Quite bitter. Fairly light body for an imperial stout. A bit fizzy for my taste. Close but no cigar.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
spacecube (1506) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2015
330 ml bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is toffee and caramel malts, dustings of cocoa powder. Sweet, oily texture with a light (for an imp stout) body. Soft to flat carbonation with a medium sweet finish. Not too complex and a bit sweet.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6937) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 15, 2015
Medium brown head. Opaque black body. Roasty syrupy toffee aroma with earthy chocolatey notes. Sweetish roasty earthy toffee taste with burnt notes. Mid-bodied. Sharpish, mealy mouthfeel. Dryish roasty resiny chocolatey aftertaste with burnt plastic notes. Nice, drinkable. (0.33l bottle, I forget where from, could be Manchester.)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (20046) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2015
3rd March 2015
Opaque dark brown - black beer, good pale tan head. Palate is a little airy, semi dry and slightly crisp. Smooth dark malts, mild tang. Light coffee and a little dark chocolate. Mild dark fruits. Light dry finish. A little thin, but nicely joined up.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
McNeillR (2023) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Dark opaque brown, nice sift of sandy head. Lean roast nose. Hot toffee sweetness. Little bit oxidised bitter. Decent bitter coffee froth to the mouthfeel. Finishes lean sweetness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BenH (3439) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle thanks to Benjii. Near black with tan head. Aroma is very meaty, roasty, licorice, chocolate. Taste is roasty, chocolate. Little sweet and bitter. Quite dry for the style

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshtonMcCobb (4413) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle thanks to BenH. Appearance - opaque black with a nice creamy head. Nose - savoury, earthy, dark chocolate. Taste - creamy chocolate, again earthy and savoury. Dry smoky edge to it. Tarry finish. Palate - fairly big structure, dry texture and dry balanced finish. Overall - yep, a nice dry imperial. This one grew on me.


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