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

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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zingao (15) - SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2013
Pours pitch black. Some sweet hints of honey. Roasted, some hints of chocolate and some taste of red wine. I cant get a solid grip of this, having trouble to define its position in regards of taste and appearance, although it being a great beer. Could imagine drinking this instead of a wine to a good meal.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (6033) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 12, 2013
500mL bottle, pours black with a medium brown head. Aroma is full of tobacco, wood and burnt roasted malt - dont get any honey on the nose. Flavour brings out loads of highly roasted malt, some raisins, then the honey kicks in full out, ending on notes of burnt roasted malt. Quite full-bodied with the honey adding an usual element that takes a while to get used to, but is very complementary. Great stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (3682) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 9, 2013
Hand bottle from PBF, thanks veliempojot

Pours pitch black with a tiny head. Aroma of bready and roasty malts, root beer, some licorice and honey. Taste is sweetish, spicy, roasty and bready with notes of root beer, licorice and honey. Finish is sticky, spicy and roasty with some root beer notes. A bit untypical and strange.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (6049) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 27, 2013
500 ml bottle @ WPBF 2013.
Pours a black colour with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and sweet honey. Flavour of roasted malts, honey, grassy hops, raisins, salty licorice and strong wood. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and a roasty, salty, raisiny finish. Heavy stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (5569) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 27, 2013
50 cl bottle @ wPBF13, BBE 11.12.2017
Aroma has root beer, some roasted notes and honey. Flavour has root beer, honey, some roasted notes and herbs. Quite good for a honey beer. I wonder how Thornbridge gets this root beer aroma in their beers?

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (5953) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 27, 2013
50 cl bottle @ wPBF13.
Pours pitch black color with a medium sized beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, some mild honey notes, vanilla and wooden notes. Flavor of chocolate, vanilla, faint honey, roasted malts and dark dried fruits. Smooth creamy palate. Very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (20252) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 27, 2013
Bottled@vPBFII. Pitch black colour, small brown head. Aroma is liquorice, honey, mild roast and some mild wooden notes. Mild vanilla as well. Flavour is honey, roasted malts, some liquorice and some tight

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vestergaard (269) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - APR 18, 2013
Tap @ borefts beer festival 2012. Sticky black with barely no head. Honey and smoke and lots of alcohol. Could use some age though.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (4101) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2013
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines Birmingham. Poured a deep crude oil like colour with a thin tan head. The flavour is big bitter, lots of liqourice, but with a creamy consistency. The alcohol starts to dominate in the palate and the aftertaste which Im not keen on. Still a great beer though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (7316) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2013
Sampled from bottle thanks to jmgreenuk @ Jim is John tasting. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized light brown head. Smell malts, roastyness, coffee. Taste malts, roastyness, coffee, bitter, chocolate and overripe fruits. Nicely balanced, medium to full body and carbonation.


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