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Teignworthy Russian Imperial Porter (Whisky Barrel Aged)

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Brewed by Teignworthy
Style: Imperial/Strong Porter
Newton Abbot, England
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned ONLY.
Note: This is the Russian Imperial Porter available in Teignworthy labelled bottles & is aged in whisky barrel. It is not the same beer as the Edwin Tucker version, which is lower abv and not whisky-aged. However, the Edwin Rucker version has been seen on cask badged as Teignworthy Russian Imperial Porter, particularly at beer festivals and the like, where there is no proper pump clip.

A Russian Imperial Porter which has been matured in Islay Whisky oak barrels from the Bruichladdich Scottish Distillery, giving it super strength, with a lovely high peat after taste.


2.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
greenmanalishi (479) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2014
This isn’t brilliantly finessed. It pours a lifeless, oily brew with almost no head. Subtler flavours of cocoa and peat are then overtaken by the vinous 13% smack.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (3858) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle from Tuckers Maltings, Newton Abbot. Jet black, no head. Smells like it has a strong smell. Deffo get the whisky in the scent. An insistent stench. Taste is wonderfully and fully warming. Lustrously sweet and smooth, with a beautiful turned leather finish. Great.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerSkull (1308) - SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2014
(Bottle). Amazingly powerful scent and taste of sweet malt, roasted malt, figs, tar, smoke and alcohol. In the taste there is flavors of peat, barrel aging and whiskey. Amazingly well balanced flavors. And dangerously easy to drink by reason of its ABV of 13% . As a final note, I can not help but give the beer a 4 rating on appearance (it’s blacker than night), normally I give every beer an average rating of 3 (because I find it difficult and strange to judge how good the appearance is). If you find this beer, dare not hesitate to try it!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kufdam (159) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2014
330ml bottle from a bottle shop in Dartmouth. Oily black edged with wine red. Licorice, treacle some salt. Dark chocolate. Burnt caramel. Port.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
johninmelb (1126) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2013
Big, bold vineous nose on this one - tons of treacle, molasses and burnt caramels with a little hint of spiced orange. Pours a near-lifeless and seething off-black with the suggestion of a tan head. But no, this is false trail as there is no carbonation in this at all. What there is is fierce depth of 200yo red wine, 100% cocoa chocolate and badly burnt sugar, I say badly, as it’s not brilliantly realised. Sharp in places, and overly sickly in others, there are better imperial darks out there. But points for effort.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
worldbeertaste (1671) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2013 Light does not penetrate the black hole of darkness. It absorbs light. No head. Smells of dark malt, alcohol - whiskey, Marmite, tar, roast, espresso. Dark chocolate. Thin oily very smooth body. Sweet dark chocolate, with a nice bitter coco middle and an ashy, slightly harsh finish. The bitterness is a bit strong to be fully impressive. But as you simply can not taste that it is 13% impresses more than anything. Warms the tummy. Strange that it comes in a clear bottle.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike_77 (3269) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2012
Pours black with no head or fizz. Oaky, whiskey tones come through in the aroma as do charcoal and roasted malts. Initial malty flavour becomes more earthy with peaty whiskey coming through. A light honey sweetness is present among the bitterness and warming alcohol.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11355) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2012
Bottle at the Semi-Final Tasting, my place in London. Your welcome, lads. Pours black brown and, lacking almost any semblance of a head, seems pretty flat. The nose is mostly whisky, with hints of dark malts and cocoa. Medium sweet flavor with lots of peat, dark cocoa, charcoal, earth and mild booze. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Moderate heat in the finish, with loads more peat, baking cocoa, earth, and whisky to spare. Pretty damn good. One of the best barrel-aged UK beers I’ve had.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4680) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Bottle at the Semi-Final Tasting. Cheers to whoever supplied this. The pour is deep brown with ho head. The nose is heavy whiskey, vanilla-accented wood, toasty smoke and burned marshmallows. Definite accents of islay whiskey and light pear fruit notes. The taste is smokey chocolate tar, fudge. Definitely boozy, but the sweet flavors are nicely held by some earthy peat and wood accents on the long finish. Full body, a bit hot. Soft. Overall, pretty good!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scopey (7094) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2012
Bottle at Leighton’s Euro Semi-Final tasting, thanks to Leighton. It pours jet black, with a thin, bubbly tan head. The nose is floral, hay, strong whisky character, peated malt and smoke. The taste is whisky, smoked peat, charcoal, tangy fruit, salt, booze and oak, with a warming finish. Medium body and pretty much no carbonation. Dominated by the barrel-aging. A bit 1D, but not too bad.


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