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


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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (3206) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 11, 2013
Bottle. Black with tan head. Aroma of light molasses and some fruitiness. Taste has chocolate and and roastiness, some fruitiness. Sweet with a bitter finish. Nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (3430) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. This is an inky black beer that pours with a quickly disappearing brown head. It has very rich chocolate, coffee and smoked flavours, sweet honey notes and more smoked malt on the finish. SUPERB!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TET (2206) - Kaarina, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2013
A black beer with a very big and beautiful coloured, brown head. At first, a nose is strongly honey, sweet, roastiness, liquirice and some fruits. After the first mouthfull, the honey is not so dominating anymore, and the aroma is more balanced. The taste is powerfull and strongly roasted, lots of salt liquirice, honey. Also tar and smoke with herbal hops in the end. Full bodied that is lighten with a strong, but smooth carbonation. The unique IS with a lots of honey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonnyguns (1102) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2013
Bottle from mane liquor. Pours a very thick pitch black whit lovely dark tan head. Looks insane. Nose is smoky oak, sweetness from the heather honey, a little bit of coffee and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is incredibly full, such a rich beer. Taste is upfront with espresso like coffee, powdered chocolate, heather honey and maybe some dark fruit. What a great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (14422) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle @ Schouskjelleren, Oslo. Black with a lasting brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, honey, heather and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Sweet and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. Oily. 270713

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3681) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2013
Biege coloured head dark pour mild carbonation the aromas dark chocolate caramel cocoa liquorice toffee the flavours caramel raisin dark chocolate rich coffee dark sugary taste liquorice hoppy fruit citrus medium bitter oak sweet richness of nectar like note the finish enjoyable stout best tastes rich dark malts sweetness throughout lasting bitter and coffee note

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SperkeleForce (788) - FINLAND - JUL 26, 2013
Bottle 50 CL. Pours dark black with brown white head. Notes of raisins, coffee, dark chocolate. Abit too harsh with too much of bitterness. But still wery good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RexTalionis (3163) - FINLAND - JUL 24, 2013
Bottle 50 cl, BBE 11.12.2017. Pours black in color with a thick creamy tan head. First there’s some old leather, bit of stable, hmm, guessing that’s the heather honey, but then some burnt and roasted notes with some dark chocolate appears in aroma. Raisins and dark chocolate in taste. Oily texture. There’s also some additional sweeter notes, but they they get overpowered with the bitterness from the chocolatey notes. Quite smooth overall and yet another good one from Thornbridge.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maneliquor (3479) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2013 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours black with a dirty tan head leaving superb lacing. Looks mighty fine. Nose shows sweet and thick honey, leather, molasses, chocolate. Taste is meaty stuff. Sweetness from the honey never takes over. Heavy dark fruits and chocolate, with a focus on raisins. Quite tarty from some berries with some sticky sweet honey. Drinks superbly for 10%. Great beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pith (159) - New York, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Pours almost purple brown with small persistent dark tan head. Aroma- coffee, malts, mami. Good and sweetish.

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