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


on tap


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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (8719) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 27, 2013
50 cl bottle @ wPBF’13.
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (24330) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vestergaard (1390) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (6743) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - 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 I’m not keen on. Still a great beer though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (12159) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (9056) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2013
Bottle shared from Jmgreenuk. Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, honey, chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, a light peatiness, coffee and light herbs. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (7942) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2013
50cl bottle courtesy of JMGreenUK. Thin creamy tan head. Clear black pour. Lovely smooth taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 28, 2013
Sampled from a 0,5 L bottle, kindly shared by Øystein @Schouskjelleren. A black pour, with a low ashy blond top. Subtle honey and burnt, yet rounded cocoa to the nose. Smooth in the mouth. Soft prickling carbonation. Dry cocoa/chocolate in the flavor. Inviting honey tones underneath. Balancing peppery bitterness. A fine dryness throughout. Really good stuff. [17.01.13]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichTheVillan (5819) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; who know the difference between licorice and liquorice I’ve seen both mentioned is it the same thing or is one a spelling error, any this beer has zero liquorice or heather or honey I know what all these things taste like but a blank is drawn I’m ranting now. This beer is ok

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2013
Poured black with a brown head. Aroma of honey, coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, and hints of licorice. Sweet with a roasty finish. Well balanced, alcohol well hidden.

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