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Red Hill Imperial Stout

Brewed by Red Hill Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Red Hill, VIC, Australia
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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Jet Black and one to be savoured. The mouth feel is silky smooth, the nose has roasted malt and a touch of caramel. A rich deep mocha and coffee flavour, is accentuated with caramel and smoky flavours. Willamette and Goldings hops were used in 3 additions to create an ale with a big bitterness and an assertive hop character. This beer is served using a sparkler top to allow a lightly carbonated ale, yet with a lasting and beautiful white head.

This fine ale is only available from the brewery, on tap and served with the patience it deserves.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (1308) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2014
330mL bottle Bit of a dull pop on opening, presents at thick looking near-opaque brew with small ring of dense dark tan foam eventually forming, and holding. Decent nose to it; burnt caramels, charred grain, medium-roast coffee, cocoa with some dried leafy & stonefruit hop character. Surprisingly not all that thick, low carbonation provides the impression of viscosity but it doesn’t have the legs to carry it all that long on the finish. Quite sweet upfront; dark brown sugar, 50% dark chocolate, strong milky coffee, licorice, leafy, earthy hop character. Bitterness is moderately high, remains somewhat sweet on finish with lingering black & dried fruit undertones. A tasty brew, no doubt. Just lacking a touch of oomph and body to get it on par with the big boys of the style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ngejo (380) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - AUG 23, 2014
Tap. Black, minimal head, tan foam, very bitter, light sweetness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
orange_3084 (125) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2014
Pours opaque dark brown with filmy tan head. Strong upfront coffee aroma. Chocolate and dark fruity sugary notes follow. The tastes is a little nutty, biscuity and sweet, but not overly so with a nice smooth mouthfeel which coats the palate well. Actually get a yeasty taste in this one too. Quite low on bitterness, with a slightly roasty finish that leaves a pleasant warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Imaril (38) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle from Purvis cellars. Smells of sweet/savory pipe tobacco and soft leather. Pours black like onyx with thin tan foam on top. Tastes of bitter coffee and dark chocolate with a hint of rum & raisin. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly carbonated. Hides the high alcohol well, dangerously drinkable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (10363) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle at Bruces’s new pad, thanks to Josh 15/10/13. Mid black with thinnish off white edgework. Nose is cocoa, light plastic, burnt sugar, marzipan. Taste comprises dark fruit, toffee fudge, brown sugars, molasses, chocolate. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, dry finale. Tastes a little life expired not one to age perhaps?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16335) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2013
15th October 2013
Tasting at Bruce’s new pad. Thanks to Josh for bringing this over. Opaque dark brown beer with a small pale tan head. Palate starts smooth but has a light minerally crispness. Milky dark malt and light milk chocolate. Trace of dark fruits and a whisper of spice. Light dry finish. Nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7618) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle with a bit of age on it thanks to Josh. It pours darkest brown with a small light tan head. The nose is roasty,caramel, toffee, juicy, honeycomb and coffee. The taste is roasted malt, toast, dark fruit, earth, mild tartness, cocoa and coffee with a dry, roasty finish. Medium+ body and fine carbonation. Straight-forward and rather drinkable, if a little uneventful

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnoff (8005) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2013 First rating
Draught as a pot size at The Scratch, Brisbane. On July 21, 2013.
Black color, dense brown head. Sweet, smooth, cream, roasted taste. Cream aftertaste, also roasted. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness that finishes dry. Sweet, roasted scent.

Draught, handpump from cask, at The Local Taphouse, Melbourne. On July 26, 2013.
Black color, small dark brown head. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Sweet, roasted taste. Sweet, roasted scent. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maris (1044) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2013
From a 330ml bottle on 24/8/2013. Pours black with a small fine head. Has a very pleasant, quire rich aroma of mocha and caramel. Milk chocolate and caramel are most prominent once it hits the mouth, with a hint of coffee and soy in there as well. Finishes off with a firm, satisfying and long hop bitterness, with very subtle roasty hints. Has a slightly creamy body and modest carbonation typical of an impy. Hides the 8.1% really well, and is a beautifully balanced and well integrated brew. Very nice indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (13679) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Cask handpull at the Local Taphouse. Extremely dark brown color, good retention, solid lacing. Aroma of moccha coffee. Taste is dark chocolate milk. Alcohol is not apparent. Nice one.

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