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


on tap

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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scopey (12248) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2013
Bottle at DaDa Sheffield. It pours near black with a thick tan head. The nose is roasty, dark chocolate, xmas cake, plum, date, caramel, raisin, liquorice and spice. The taste is rich roasted malt, dark fruit (particularly plum), coffee, burnt earth, light tanginess, liquorice, chocolate, spice and some alcohol warmth with a long dry roasted finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Great depth of flavour and very well balanced. Delicious.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
symmetric (71) - - APR 20, 2013
Cherry and raisin on the nose. Taste is a bit shallow, with a hint of roasted bitterness. Body is a bit thin. Overall, somewhat unexciting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TET (2593) - Kaarina, FINLAND - APR 20, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2013 A black beer with a dense and yellow-brown head. The nose is very intensive, roastiness, salt liquirice, strawberries and some embers and strenght of alcohol. Taste is also very intensive, lots of salt liquirice, dried fruits, coffee, lots of sweetness, that is balanced with strong bitterness and roastiness. Full bodied, mild carbonation, not sticky, slippery and nice to drik. Very intensive beer, there are lots of everything, very succesfully beer for a slow enjoyment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JEK69 (396) - FRANCE - MAR 10, 2013
It pours very dark and hazy with a thin beige foam head. It smells dried dates, liquorice and dark fruits and also a blend of aromatic hop and oaky notes. This Stout is very smooth and more liquorice/Zan flavours based than coffe/barrels... Backbone is malty, powerful and bitter thanks to generous amounts of noble hops and roasted malts ... but this stout is really too sweet for my palate. I expect something dryer in finish and a bit more complex than only liquorice/molasses and bitter. Great but not super great!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrystrill (91) - 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 (6392) - 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 (7681) - 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 (8036) - 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 (4086) - 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! Haven’t had that flavor, and so much of that flavor in my mouth since the first time I tasted Dark Reserva. It’s been a long time since I’ve tasted a beer like this. Mindblowingly tasty, and this is not far off the best imp stout I’ve ever had. 09.11.2012

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (18792) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
Expensive bottle from Beers of Europe, King’s Lynn
Brewed April 2011, bottled December 2011, 1½ 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 it’s quite salty; these two last characteristics being not so exciting; correct bitterness.
It’s indeed a very good beer, tastes like a classic brew.

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