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


on tap

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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EdKing (1756) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2012
Bottle in Euston Tap. Labelled ’Thornbridge Hall Russian Imperial Stout’. Colour is opaque black, tan brown head. Nose is dark fruit, prune, raisins, aged wood, alcohol, bit of fortified wine, touch of salty yeast extract. Taste is dark fruit, prune, raisin, then there’s an alcoholic bite like fortified wine, which lingers in the finish. Like port. Not much choc or coffee in this one. I find it a bit hard and there’s a Marmite like tang in there too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (3861) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2012
Bottle shared with friends. Deep brown color with a massive deep tan head. The nose is bitter chocolate, dark berries, and port wine. Vinous. Roasty notes. The taste follows the nose’s lead - milk chocolate, forest fruits and sherry. The mouthfeel is very silky, the beer’s thick and important, but not too hot or difficult. Overall, very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (9848) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2012
Bottle at the Euston Tap, shared with the boys behind the bar. Pours black-brown with a fine, beige head. Lots of new oak in the nose with mild hard alcohol, roasted malts and cocoa. Big sweet flavor with dark fruits, dark malts, understated roast, dark sugar, alcohol, wood. Full bodied and chewy with fine carbonation. Mild warmth to finish with light roast, cocoa, dark earth, light peat. Pretty awesome beer overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ration (1900) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 7, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2012 051212. Home. Bottle. Pours dark brown/black with a high head. Aroma burnt malts, coffee, nuts. Slight vegetables. Strong palate. Not Bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (12674) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2012
At Borefts 2011. Thornbridge courage ris 9.5% choccy intense. Lots of hops on finish. Dry choc edge to it. Lots of condition needs to simmer down. Could be amazing though. Wow. Good though. Touch liquotice but dry too. Wow 4.0

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (13360) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2011
23rd September 2011
Borefts Beer Festival 3. Opaque bleck beer. Little tan head. Light palate, semi dry and fairly smooth. Creamy dark malt. Touch of licorice spice. A little oaty sweetness. Mild bubblegum esters. Decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (9998) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - DEC 18, 2011
Intensiver Malzantrunk mit weicher Süße. Das Bier wird im Mittelteil schwächer, zu süß, das Malz ist trotz seiner Stärke nicht im Stande, den Geschmack ganz einzunehmen. Zahnpasta-Abgang, leicht nach Minze. /9/9/6//8

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christian (10779) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2011
Boreft Beer Festival 2011: Black with a small, but lasting tan head. Aroma of licorice, prunes, dark sugar, sweet cherries and toffee. Sweet and rich flavour with toffee, biscuit, dark sugar, fruit and mild toasted notes. Super complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfhodense (4791) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2011
Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and soy. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, heavy soy, sticky coffee and liquorish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - NOV 21, 2011
Sample at Borefts Beer Festival 2011. Pours a clear and black beer with a beige head. The aroma is malt, cold coffee, ash, roasted and dried fruit. The flavor follows the nose. The palate is sweetness and sticky. Overall a good beer.

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