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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrystrill (93) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2013
Smooth smooth smooth....licorice based imperial stout complex and drying on your mouth not cheap ...would I buy it again? In a heart beat

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (3771) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
330ml bottle

Bottled December 2011 - Pours dark brown with a brown head. Aroma of roasty malts, strong licorice notes, hints of dark ripe fruits and caramel. Taste has massive amounts of licorice, slight roastiness, hints of malts. Strong, warming finish with a lot of salty licorice. Quite complex and heavy, licorice overdose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (6241) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
330 ml bottle.
Pours a black colour with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, very sweet fruits and honey. Flavour of strong roasted malts, salty licorice, dark chocolate and molasses. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and a long, salty, roasty finish. Very well balanced and highly enjoyable. The amount of licorice here is awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (5694) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
33 cl bottle @ olio, brewed 04/2012, bottled 12/2011
Aroma has toffee, English hops and roasted notes. Flavour has English hops, hay, roasted notes, salty licorice and some soy sauce. An imperial stout in English way. Actually, too English and too salty for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Palme (3380) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2013
0.33l bottle from April 2011. You might as well call it a jet black one, and it has an impressive medium sized tan and lasting chocolate top. The aroma is lovely roasted with strong concentrated soy sauce, licorice, a dark sweetness that I have not nosed in god knows how long along with strong gunpowder and watered down campfire. This smells absolutely fantastic, and it seriously does not have much to go on this.. The carbonation level is average+ with a soft, thick and oily mouthfeel. Really roasty and almost burned in the taste. More of that campfire, but there is also vanilla, coconut, rich chocolate, salty licorice and more gunpowder. One helluva imp stout this! Lingering chocolate-roasty aftertaste, and the salty licorice? Oh my! Havenít had that flavor, and so much of that flavor in my mouth since the first time I tasted Dark Reserva. Itís been a long time since Iíve tasted a beer like this. Mindblowingly tasty, and this is not far off the best imp stout Iíve ever had. 09.11.2012

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14552) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
Expensive bottle from Beers of Europe, Kingís Lynn
Brewed April 2011, bottled December 2011, 1Ĺ years old

Pitch black color, with medium sized brownish creamy head. The aroma is mild but nice and elegant, with dark chocolate and cocoa powder. Full bodied, with strong flavor of dark chocolate, very good, with some roasted malts; but there is also a trace of liquorice, and itís quite salty; these two last characteristics being not so exciting; correct bitterness.
Itís indeed a very good beer, tastes like a classic brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IlBevitorediLA (452) - ITALY - DEC 11, 2012
Un ottima Imperial Stout. Nera con un cappello di schiuma marroncina. Aroma carico, complesso, liquoroso, cioccolatoso, e in minima parte caffettoso. Líingresso in bocca Ť stupefacente... ...denso; sembra di inghiottire fango. Inizialmente sbilanciato verso il dolce (caramello) con una leggera punta acida. Emergono poi le note tostate di cioccolato e caffŤ. Chiude con una sfumatura di luppolo. Incredibile e complessa. Ottima.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarpa (888) - FINLAND - DEC 5, 2012
bottle 33cl, thanks ration. very darkbrown small head. toffee, dark fruits in the aroma. salty, caramel,toffee flavor. nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (6194) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2013 33 cl bottle.
Pours dark hazy red color with a small head. Aroma of caramel, ripe fruits, yeast and toffee. Flavor of yeast, licorice, ripe fruits and toffee. A bit salty flavor, makes it somewhat stuffy. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yorker (1192) - Herning, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2012
33 cl bottle @ home. Pours dark brown with some sediment and an off-white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruits, coffee, and chocolate. Flavour is chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, and some warming alcohol.

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