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

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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gEUS (1302) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - NOV 21, 2012
Bottle with Dan. Pours a deep ruby-tinted black, mocha head. Aroma is great chocolate, mocha coffee, a bit of milk, ginger and a real blackcurrant cordial thing, which is odd. Taste is oddly fruity for an impy stout: all the milk chocolate and coffee you’d expect from an imperial stout, but with a fruity vinous apple/blackcurrant character. Lovely silky mouthfeel, lingering flavourful tastiness. Mmm. Oh yes. Mmm. Mmmmm.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrystrill (93) - 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

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scopey (7880) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FrankZappa7 (16) - GERMANY - JUL 26, 2013
Pours dark brown with a small beige head Comes in smooth and malty with strong notes of mocca, licorice, dried plum and laurel. Creamy texture with soft carboniation / long finish Nice work, doing a time warp 1850s recipe !

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TrappistenOli (320) - Bern, SWITZERLAND - OCT 8, 2013
Schwarz, schöner beiger schaum, fein likör im aroma, malzsüsse, etwas schokolade, kaffe/röstmalz, feinbitter, gehaltvoll, geringe rezenz, nachklang ziemlich kaffe ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhunter111 (8950) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 28, 2014
Sehr dunkelbrauens, fast schwarzes Bier mit geringer bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, Kaffee, Schokolade, holzig. Geschmack intensiv röstmalzig, holzig, Kaffe, Schokolade, leicht alkoholisch.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
[6710-20140826] Bottle. Fragrant roasted chocolate floral toffee malt aroma has a light cigarette tang. Dark black cola body with a medium-lasting foamy mocha head. Roasted beef jerky chocolate charred wood flavour. Full body. Delicious. (8/4/9/4/17) 4.2
(w/ blankboy, Ferris, jercraigs)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2011
GraviCask@BBF2011. The first few sips were strange. Salty, earty and leather notes, dry, light toasty flavours. However after 5 sips I got used to it and half way the glass I was already sure I needed another one. Great stuff!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchDrebus (4423) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2011
Pitch black, opague colour with an off-white head. Smells bacon and roasty. Has a deep coffee taste, with some vanilla and chocolate notes. Full body and a great carbo.


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