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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2011

Cask (gravity) @ Borefts Bier Festival 2011, Brouwerij de Molen, Bodegraven, Netherlands.

Clear dark black colour with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, coffee, sea salt, coffee maker aroama. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is soft. [20110923]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (40447) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2011
From cask. Pours hazy dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted dark malty and light breadish, light liqourice. Dark malty, roasted and caramelish. Dark roasted malty and fruity into a mild sweet and solid finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2011
Draught at Borefts Bier Festival 2011. Pitch black coloured with a small beige head. Roasted aroma of dark chocolate and liquorice. Roasted flavour of liquorice, dark chocolate, hops and grass. Roasted and hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (25327) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22063) - , 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (21585) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 2, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2014 tap at Borefts festival 2011 ... Day 1 ... dark black ... thin lacing ... soft malt toffee roast ... soft cherry roast nose ... soft mellow toffee roast malt ... dark chocolate ... deep and complex ... 3.8 Day2...deep black ... deep roast malt ... big chocolate soft mellow roast nose ... salty roast malts ... light viscous oily body ... big roast ... big toffee ... salty chocolate... I really want to try this again 4.2

bottle at home ... he he he hic ... bottle at home .. deep black ,,, thin tan lacing ... deep roast ... datrk sweet chocolate roast .. soft chocolate ... dark sweet malts ... soft roast ... dark roast ... soft meaty malts .. dark roast ... dark malts ...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21427) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Cask at BBF 2011, courtesy of Dominik - thank you sir! nearly black, few large bubbles. Aroma of dark rich chocolate, raisins, dates. Taste is dark summer fruit and cocoa. Medium body. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (19160) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (18526) - 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (17292) - 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

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