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


on tap

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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (23691) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 20, 2012
Bottled (from Beers Of Europe). Pitch black colour, mediumsized brown head. Aroma is toffee, mild roasted notes, some liquorice and mild alcohol. Flavour is bigtime coffee, alcohol, liquorice, mild tobacco, roasted malts as well as some fudge and chocolate. Very bodied beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
n0mel (250) - FINLAND - OCT 18, 2012
Bottle. The foam is thick and mocha-colored, with bubbles of varying size. The beer is pitch black. Aroma is vanilla and coffee. However, what sets this apart from other imperial stouts is its fruity hops aroma. Interesting and alluring. The flavor is, at first taste, a salty coffee and mocha. Some bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth. Finish is bitter, but not very, and also some coffee.

From the first smell and the first taste, I could tell this was somehow different. It’s not overpowering in any way. While I do like heavily hopped imperial stouts, this one was no palate killer. Instead it felt like a well-rounded, elegant beer. All in all, an extremely good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deanso (7199) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2013 Bottle at the beer temple shared.No head. Clear jet black pour. Absolutely great chocolate/coffee aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gEUS (1583) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 10, 2012
330 ml bottle - wauuw - incredibly complex. Pours deep deep brown with a bubbly marron beige head. Aroma is anice, leather, blackcurrants, noble coffee roast. Medium body (a bit watery?) with fresh fruity start, getting to bitter in the middle and nice roasted and dry bitter finish. Taste is liquorice all over, caughing syrup, orange peel. Very nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rune (9661) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 2, 2012
330ml bottle, highly recommended by the barman at Schouskjelleren. Bubbly, lightly brown head. Lacing rings to the glassware. Devil-black body. Very good looking. Velvet aroma of not-too-sweet chocolate, carefully roasted. Elegant balanced taste of chocolate malts offset by smooth fruity hops. Prolonged bittersweet coffee notes to the finale. Alcohol notes far behind. Full bodied. Not extreme in any way. Top notch (a very fine last drink during my Oslo-Bergen-Oslo trip in September. This one was enjoyed on a Wednesday afternoon in Oslo, 19.09.2012).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (4776) - 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 (1700) - 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 (1769) - 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 (6195) - 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 (5757) - 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!

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