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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Imperial Stout
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kauge (536) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 7, 2015
Bottle as a gift, thanks Mait. 2012 Vintage; bottle no 8826. Pours a clear light brown, appears blackish in the glass with a strong chestnut hue (later as I’ve only got a few more drops in the glass, it sure as hell does not look like an Imperial Stout - more like a Barley Wine). Head was light tan, and very brief. Nose is nice - lots of roasted malts, caramel, toffee and chocolate, also nutty and woody notes. It’s very bitter too, but that recedes within minutes. Taste is surprisingly tamed at first, with quite delicate chocolaty roastiness and caramel, - quite sweet - then a wave of bitterness quickly buries the palate, finishing in a pleasant roasty-bitter effect. As it warms the bitterness is joined by a liquorice and anise kind of booziness. Surprisingly light-bodied. Mellow carbonation. Overall a decent dessert beer with above average complexity. As a highly regarded Imperial Stout I find it kind of sub-par though.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirstyrabbit (1285) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 6, 2015
Bottle #8473, 2012 vintage. Mahogany brown body, almost see-through. I have never seen the light shining through an Imperial Stout. Minimal head. Aroma has strong toffee and brown sugar. Thin and sweet mouthfeel - again, uncharacteristic of the style. Finish has sweet English hops. Okay, but the lightness of the body is somewhat odd.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
martinrumsam (562) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2015
Bottle. 2012 version. Dark brown with very thin tan head that fades. Aroma is roasty coffee and chocolate. Taste is sweet malt and caramel some coffee pleasant bitterness to finish. Alcohol very detectable afterwards thin watery low carbonation. Ok but not up there with the best.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
suurjuust (1501) - ESTONIA - DEC 16, 2014
Shared by martjoobolut. Bottle form 2012. Cola brown beer, tan head. Nose is chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast. Flavor is malty, almost peaty notes, roast, mild booze notes, some burned-fruity hints. Finishes with cocoa, roast and some booze. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (1209) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 13, 2014
0,33L bottle, vintage 2012, bottle no 8759. Pours dark brown with tan head. The head doesn’t stay. Aroma is sweet, dark chocolate, malt. Flavor is dark chocolate, malt, fruits, citric notes, tobacco. Finish is dark chocolate with fruits and warming alcohol. Overall: very nice brew.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bobhund (386) - - NOV 30, 2014
Drucken på OConnors, Uppsala.. En fin öl på många sätt, se betyget för mer info. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jesperhammer (3300) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2014
21-NOV-2014, bottle @home, from Fish & Beer. 2012 vintage. Slightly hazy, dark, dark, brown but still transparant, low tan head. Aoma is chocolate. Mostly chocolate. Some alcohol and caramel as well. Taste the same. A bit oxidized. But only in a good way. Above average body - not up with the big ones but then easy’er drinking. Very nice drinking.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorgeLee (1335) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle from Beers of Europe, 2012 batch. Darkish black colour, reddish highlights, quite high carbonation, rapidly vanishing head. Poured quite thin looking. A bit lacklustre this one, some dark malty flavours, marmite and toast, chocolate. Moderate levels of bitterness. Perfectly drinkable but lacking flavour, this is supposed to be an imperial stout after all.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fajry (909) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 24, 2014
Fľaša, ďakujem Miro. Tmavšia hnedá farba, hustá pena. Vôňa krásne kávová, teplé kakao, trosku slivkový lekvár. V chuti na začiatku sladkosť ovocia, karamel, kakao a káva. Veľmi krásna a dlhá dochuť kávy, jemne karamelu a horkosti. Veľmi dobré pitie.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beertobealive (316) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 13, 2014
foamy beige head with bitter rye aromas and light malt. dark brown body. medium carbonation. long taste of light chocolate and malts. roast of malt and alcohol is well managed.


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