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


on tap

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RATINGS: 105   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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (3470) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2012
Cask at Borefts 2011. Poured deep black with a small tan head. Aroma of roast malt, coffee, dark chocolate and dark fruit. Full bodied with flavour of sweet raisin and chocolate malt with roasted coffee bean. Aftertaste is dry coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LoFi (1594) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 9, 2012
Sampled bottle at GBF 2012. Black with a light brown head. Aroma: chocolate, coffee, roasted. Taste: salty licorice, fruity, quite bitter, coffee, rowan berries. Full-bodied. This was nice, but a bit too salty. Would buy it again for a rerate any time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamesie1857 (1423) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2012
Brewed April 2011, Bottled December 2011 - A dark black, tan head, classic look - top marks. Aroma is coffee, licorice, chocolate, dark fruits - excellent. Taste is blackcurrants, coffee, liquorice, and an after burn of warming alcohol - again, excellent. Oily in the mouth, nice and thick - perfect! Not sure if this is my highest mark I’ve given, but it must be close.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (4135) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 4, 2012

2011 Vintage – brewed April 2011 – bottled December 2011 – neat

Label – ok, similar to Bracia so they must have an ancient brew series going on but not terribly exiting

Appearance –very dark brown with a lovely creamy mocha head, beautiful

Smell – lots & lots of coffee here, sweet with lots of sweet chocolate, mocha, chocolate truffles

Taste – insanely awesome, like liquid ice-cream basically, oodles of chocolate truffles, mocha & mocha ice-cream, sweet chocolate, toffee, creamy, malty goodness, would love to try this again with some ice-cream in it, very light bitterness in the end, light bitter chocolate / espresso & even some hops but very little

Body – ridiculously creamy

Overall – don’t care what the ratings are saying here, this is simply incredibly, easily one of the best RIS I have ever had
(33 cl. bottle @ Delirium Hoppy Loft)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoBoChamp (5555) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 24, 2012
33cl, as Thornbridge Hall Russian Imperial Stout, new exclusive English brew Anno 2011, from Geers Oostakker, very complex Stout, roasted/sweet and slightly spicy/bitter, very balanced, cloudy, good head, top class!, yet very expensive!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miksu (4948) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUL 2, 2012
0.33 l bottle. Black color. Sweet aroma of salty licorice, coffee and dark sugar. Flavors of salty licore, nuts, espresso and bitter chocolate. Sweet, not so bitter but still balanced. thick soft creamy body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suprchunk (2266) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2012
Almost black pour with ruby highlights. Small tan head that doesn’t stick around and leaves little, if any, lacing. Big malty aroma. Roast, chocolate, fruit notes. Some toffee. Big molasses flavor. Tastes almost like straight up treacle. Raisiny with some toffee, coffee notes. Very sweet, but not too cloying. Not bad. A definite sipper though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Idiosynkrasie (3927) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUN 6, 2012
330ml bottle. Darkest brown with average creamy firm lacing brown head - containing bubbles identical like digitally generated. Roasty dark malt aroma, a touch of leather, shoe polish, leek, onion, a hint of peppermint. Taste has prickling spicy notes like peppermint, soya sauce, Aspirin®, additionally liquorice, bitter notes like coffee and artichoke. Sticky, oily lasting finish. Really a characterful Imperial Stout, though (and because of) not permanently flattering the gustative nerve.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsga (6255) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 29, 2012
Biggish dark beige head. Opaque black body. Roasty milky earthy aroma with resiny chocolatey notes. Sweet-dryish earthy toffee nougat taste with soy sauce and roasty notes. Full-bodied. Mild, soft, smooth mouthfeel. Dryish-sweet earthy alcoholic chocolate aftertaste with medicinal coffee notes. Lovely! Highly drinkable, and full of flavour. (0.33l bottle at Schouskjelleren, Oslo, shared with gr0ve.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beersiveknown (3074) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 22, 2012
Bottle at home Dark brown with fluffy brown-tinged head. Treacle, cofffe, demerara, roast barley, slight sourness on the nose. Rich, smooth mouthfeel with barley and soapy hops through first, followed by a dash of bitterness, some chocolate and tannins, sweet malt, slight astringent barley, long finish.

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