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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Imperial Stout
Bakewell, England
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Special (at 9.5%). Also available in bottles.
Brewed to a Courage recipe from the 1850s, this extra strong stout was first brewed for export to Russia where it was a popular drink at the court of Catherine the great.
Hops: Appollo, Hallertau, Hersbrucker
Malts: Maris Otter, Amber, Black Patent


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6045) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2014
[Bottle (12oz) shared with Ferris, jercraigs & mabel -- c/o j&m. 2011 vintage] Pours a dark amber-brown with an average size lasting frothy light-brown head. Slightly odd aroma of roasted malt, milk chocolate, cigarette ash, dark fruit and anise. Flavour of roasted malt along with ash and vinous notes. Medium bodied. A bit of an odd duck this one, pretty good but not great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2014
2014-08-26. Black body with a modest tan head. Aroma is quite interesting, sort of tangy vinous character, light earthy not quite smokey character, dark malt core. 8+ Flavour is similar, with a very sweet dark malt core, light dusty malt and cocoa notes, and a mild tangy fruity quality throughout. Really interesting. 8+ Smooth average plus to medium bodied palate, soft carbonation. 3++ Not sure I’d want a lot of it at once but I found it really interesting. Bottle brewed April 2011, from AleselA, Glasgow

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (4126) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2011 - Tobacco and leather with some roast and dust. Deep jet brown with a brown head. Tobacco and leather, dark fruit and some vinous notes. Odd.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nicocanta (25) - - JUL 24, 2014
Une forte attaque de malt sacrement torréfié et de café. On a ce qu’on est venu chercher : du lourd. Puis les arômes se développent, beaucoup de caramel et une série de saveurs assez complexes. Même si on est pas aficionados de stout on doit bien reconnaître que c’est fort intéressant et très bien réalisé.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericsaint (15) - - JUL 23, 2014
Couleur d un brun profond...un gout de malt boisé caramélisé. ..ou amertume et sucre leger se mélange. Se tient en bouche très longtemps...passe un bon moment

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Osprey87 (1694) - WALES - JUN 19, 2014
Bottled Dec 2011. Black, small tan head doesn’t last. Aroma - strong piney minerally hop character, smokey malts. Body - medium to big, smooth with a touch of carbonation. Taste - strong roasted barley, liquorice concentrate, more pine, dry salty finish. Lovely strong savoury beer. I think this one would continue improving over the next few years - this hasn’t reached its peak yet.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (3107) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JUN 4, 2014
Bottle at barely legal tasting room . Pours black , good white head . Smell is mostly bitter , also a bit sweet , and an undertone of roast-sourness . Taste is full , roasted , bitter , coffee , oats and toffee . Thick mouthfeel . Soft-as-silk taste , that gets way intenser towards the taste .

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (963) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 28, 2014
Bottle to pint glass Toffee, soy, raisin, blackstrap molasses, whiskey, blackcurrant, salt, and malt. Pours a dark black with no head and a little effervescence. Dark chocolate, coffee, bread, a touch of anise, and bitterness. Full bodied and creamy with a nice warming.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhunter111 (7376) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 28, 2014
Sehr dunkelbrauens, fast schwarzes Bier mit geringer bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, Kaffee, Schokolade, holzig. Geschmack intensiv röstmalzig, holzig, Kaffe, Schokolade, leicht alkoholisch.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Philym (999) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2014
Appearance: Black with finger thick tan head. Aroma: Citrus, treacle, toffee, woody, slight menthol note, bread crust, peppery, liquorice and spiritous. Taste: Medium bitterness, low/medium sweet and sourness. Palate: Thick smooth texture, medium body, low/average carbonation, lingering dry bitter, treacle, liquorice, malty, spiritous finish. Comments: Gorgeous and glass lace.


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