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


on tap

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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holmen1 (2467) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2013
Fra flaske på Mandag i Annen (Cardinal) nov-13: perfekt timing her, denne kom som kveldens nest siste. Cremeskum, feit og god - sjokolade/kaffe/sviskearoma. Enorm munnfylde med en stor og kompleks smak hvor også lakris melder sin ankomst. So smooth, og saftig i tillegg. Et trestjerners klasseøl, life is good indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnar (5290) - Sandnes, NORWAY - NOV 26, 2013
Shared bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours black with a small tanned head.Aroma is dark malty, roasty and light burnt, dark bitter chocolate,vinous with woody notes. Thick and filling mouthfeel.Taste is moderate roasted malts, liquorice,chocolate, overall a very good IS, not on the sweet side, more balanced malty, with some nice roasty and liquorice notes on the finish, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (12547) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2013
Dark brown color, small brown head. Aroma of toasted malts and licorice. Full-bodied. Salted licorice, toasted malts, light sweet note, backing hops. Brilliant!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (2302) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. This very dark brown beer pours with a rapidly disappearing bright tan head. It has sweet red fruit and oak flavours, leather and marzipan notes, with slight smoke with more deep red fruit and a roasted coffee finish. Fantastic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TaktikMTL (5751) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 13, 2013
Bouteille de 330 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal. Arôme: Odeur de chocolat et de fruits. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un moyen col brun mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de chocolat noir avec une pointe de café torréfié et de petits fruits. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est plein avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de chocolat amer en arrière goût. (Rating #5297)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (5104) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 7, 2013
330 ml bottle, as Thornbridge Hall Russian Imperial Stout, at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 9.4%. Black colour, large tan head. Exquisite aroma, strong vinous and oaky notes that nearly overpower the roasty and chocolate notes in the background. Full and rich mouthfeel. Strong flavour with loads of malty sweetness, blackstrap molasses, salty liquorice, tobacco, coffee, dark chocolate and oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2013
My Bottom Line:
This ever-so-soothing Imperial Stout details raisins, molasses, roasted bread, earth and chocolates, a kaleidoscopic malt profile which lingers long after the sip.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam tops the darkest brown.
-Mouthfeel is rich and cuddly. Not an overly sugary example, but far from an anemic one too.
-Prunes also appear in the aftertaste. Just a gorgeous specialty malt treatment.
-I just love Imperial Stouts like these which aren’t dialed in AND have as much dessert potential as most by-the-book examples of the style.


   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TrappistenOli (320) - Bern, SWITZERLAND - OCT 8, 2013
Schwarz, schöner beiger schaum, fein likör im aroma, malzsüsse, etwas schokolade, kaffe/röstmalz, feinbitter, gehaltvoll, geringe rezenz, nachklang ziemlich kaffe ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elbernays (499) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 12, 2013
Pours black with wispy yellowish head. Aroma of wood, liquorice, heavy malts. Strong liquorice taste with alcohol hit. Heavy sweet malts which are balanced by the liquorice bitter. Oily mouthfeel, a little odd for a stout. Alcohol isn’t overpowering for the strength. Low carbonation. Not bad but was expecting a bit more from this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deaconmike (380) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2013
On tap. Jet black with mocha head that dissipates fairly quickly. Not much lacing. Aroma is toasted malt, chocolate notes and some dark ripe fruit. Taste is awesome - lots of complexity. Only slightly sweet and slightly bitter. Smooth and creamy body. Excellent RIS.

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