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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Imperial Stout
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zaf (239) - - MAR 1, 2014
bottiglia bellissima,prima russian imperial stout inglese della mia vita..il fatto che gli inglesi siano più "delicati",soprattutto paragonati agli americani è evidente principalmente dalle birre! ti aspetti una birra con schiuma nocciola,spessissima,densa e invece ti ritrovi a bere una birra veramente strana! aroma nemmeno troppo intenso,tipico dello stile però..scura ma non tropoo,schiuma bianca e poco persistente..il gusto altrettanto,è una buonissima imperial stout ma è sottotono sotto tutti gli aspetti!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mr_Pink_152 (640) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2014
330 ml bottle from a friend. Pours dark brown cola colour, with a thin beige head. Aroma is chocolate, cherries, and roasted malt. Taste is medium sweet, light bitterness and some more, chocolate, and cherries.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
zacgillbanks (2260) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle from York Beer & Wine. Inky black with a rapidly disappearing tan head. It has bitter dark chocolate, oak, liquorice and leather flavours, gentle red fruit and currants with a warming roasted coffee finish. Excellent!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1416) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2014
Russian imperial stout is like pizza and sex - even when it’s mediocre it’s still pretty great. This is a simple, well-made imperial stout of no special distinction, but hey - it’s an imperial stout, so how bad can it be? The appearance is consistent with the style: dark body, inch of foam, reasonable length. Sweet aroma of dried fruits - sultanas, dates - plus chocolate powder. Supple and languorous in the mouth - very nicely carbonated. On the tongue, licorice root and spicy alcohol with roasted malts dominant. Not overly sweet, which is a big plus in my book. Big warming finish, perfect for a cold winter’s night. The more I drank the more I liked. Often goes the other way. (330ml bottle from Leura Cellars. 2012 vintage, bottle 5143)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
worldbeertaste (1623) - AUSTRIA - JUL 31, 2014
Dark brown with a red tint and fizzy, tan, frothy, lacy, lasting head. Nice smell of roast, deep coffee, and lots of sweet milk chocolate. Medium frothy oily body. Nice roast with a full taste of malt, raisins, roast, and a burnt, coffee chocolate finish. The finish is so delicious that it keeps my tongue burnt. Delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jahe (25) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2014
On bottle. Small white head. Taste if coffe and chocolate a little burned and sweet. Sweet taste with lot of coffe.a great imperial stout

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (4903) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown, almost black, body with a small wispy beige head that faded to a thin ring. The nose is heavy burnt caramel, roast, some licorice, some dark chocolate, and some minimal alcohol. The flavor is a little thin, a little overly sweet, too much burnt caramel, and minimal alcohol. Not exactly up my alley as far as the style goes. This is just a little too light bodied and lacking in malt. Minimal soft fizzy carbonation and a lingering caramel finish. Not among my favorites for the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoritzF (8464) - Bochum, GERMANY - JUN 1, 2014
(bottle, 33cl) Clear, ruby brown colour with a short and tanned foamy layer. Moderately roasty malty aroma with notes of chestnuts, leather, mocha and traces of molasses. Sweet and slightly roasty bitter flavour, medium to full bodied with a smooth carbonation. Not overly roasted flavours compared to other Imperial Stouts, rather nutty with a touch of chocolate, hints of coffee in the background, as well as some liquorice spice; medium-dry, mildly roasted bitter-sweet finish with notes of chocolate and a tinge of booze in the aftertaste. 30.V.14

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BitchPls (545) - FINLAND - MAY 29, 2014
Cola black beer with a small beige head. Sweet liquorice and roasty aroma. Medium to full bodied. Coffee, extra dark chocolate and liquorice. Some crispy carbonation. Very full flavored. Quite nice mouth feel. Alcohol is well hidden. I like the amount of bitterness. A very good, sweet and strong porter with a nice drinkability.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (10275) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2014
Draught at Bishops Arms Järntorget, Göteborg. Black beer with a nice beige head. Malty caramel aroma, licorice, toffee, cream, raisins, some vanilla notes. Malty caramel and licorice aroma, fruity, sweetish, chocolate, vanilla notes. Sweet and a bit thin bodied with licorice notes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stravale (2075) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle from Beers Of Europe [050514] Bottle Number 11902 / 2012 Vintage
Pitch black, large beige head that dissipates, some lacing
Aroma of rich dark malts, chocolate, soft roast, some dark fruits
Taste of dark malts, mellow roast, chocolate, soft wine, soft coffee, hint of alcohol, mellow fruits, slight toffee, not that complex
Palate - soft carb, medium body, light sweet, soft bitter, mellow roast. Finish as main flavour, warming alcohol, mellow roast, slight spicy
Overall - A good imperial stout, maybe lacking the wow factor but pleasant enough and easy going for the abv


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