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Thornbridge Hall Heather Honey Imperial Stout

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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask & bottle; Special.
The Heather Honey Stout was brewed using a single temperature infusion mash, utilising a complex malt grist including English chocolate, brown and peated malts. English Fuggles, American Palisade and Willamette hops were chosen for a fruity and earthy finish. Additionally, we added in locally-sourced heather honey from Sheffield Honey Company. The Stout was initially matured for 6 months: a third in brsnd new French oak casks, a third in Pedro Ximinez sherry casks and a third in former red Bordeaux wine casks. The beer was then blended back together and conditioned for a further period to allow the flavours to meld. It has been conditioned in bottle using Champagne yeast and more heather honey. The Stout pours near-black with a tan head, giving aromas of heather, oak, coffee, chocolate and liquorice. The mouthfeel is incredibly rich with full and complex flavours of lavender, raisins and dark chocolate gained from the marriage of the beer, heather honey and extensive barrel aging. The result is an astonishingly luxurious beer which can be savoured now or enjoyed in a few years time.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nicke80 (49) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2014
50 cl bottle from systembolaget bs. Pours near dark with sweet aroma. heathery flavour with sweet honey aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (733) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2014
Bottle from Archer Road Beer Stop, Sheffield. Been in the cellar about two years. Just about black. Thick, lasting, tan head. Smoke. Cocoa. Dried vine fruits. Heather honey. Taste is cocoa sweet. Boozy, dark fruit dryness. Roast bitterness at the end. Earlier, the Missus said she fancied something, "Imperial, sweet, thick". This is what she got. Did she approve? "It’s alright", She said. I liked it, though...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2130) - JAPAN - FEB 27, 2014
Very rich, full but above all balanced IRS. Good roast, nice sweet chocolate and fruit of the forest notes. Comes together very nicely.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tony_gorilla (153) - Fiskum, NORWAY - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle at Christians kjeller. Good beer but not enough honey for my taste. Could at much more.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamesie1857 (1227) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2014
500ml bottle from Archer Road Beer Stop - Deep thick black body, thick tan head. Luxurious nose of honey hits you straight away (and I’m not a fan) coupled with a smoky tobacco and roasted coffee aroma. A rich bitter chocolate and liquorice taste follows, with a slight hint of burnt gorse. Only let down is it is a little bit thin in the mouth, but that’s a small price to pay. Excellent boozy stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (2173) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 14, 2014
500ml bottle from appellation wines. Pours near black with a thin tan head. Strange aromas, starting plastic and Elastoplast, moving in to eucalyptus, menthol, them settling at heather. Taste brought chocolate, coffee bitterness and vinous notes. Long rich finish. Intriguing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (7798) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle. Near black with a firm beige head. Aromas are nutty roast coffee with marzipan and blackberries, Toasted with heather, hedgerow and pepper. Dark chocolate and cherry with oak barrel and xmas pudding. Flavours are coffee and dark chocolate bitterness with grapefruit. Cherry liquor with lemony yeast and a dry woodiness. Pithy and peppery with dry red wine notes and a boozy finish with hints of metal. Earthy with spicy oak barrel and marzipan. Good but just a little disappointing for the price.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (11905) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 20, 2013
Bottled 500ml@VWPBF Dark black color, small steady beige head. Toasted, a bit sweetish aroma. Full-bodied. Very roasted, coffee, some sweetish notes. Intensive with long lingering roastyness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pyrmir (2761) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2013
Sample from bottle @sbwf13. Black with tan head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, honey, wood and whisky. Taste is woody, honey, roasted malt and soutish notes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (9492) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2013
SBWF 2013. Pitch black beer with a nice lasting beige head. Roasted chocolate aroma, caramel, biscuits, raisins, licorice, some cocoa, floral notes, some leather. Roasted chocolate flavor, honey, caramel, licorice, ash, hop notes, some woody notes. Chocolate finish with caramel, licorice and some honey.


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