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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Imperial Stout
Bakewell, England
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (4966) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (5199) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2013
50cl bottle courtesy of JMGreenUK. Thin creamy tan head. Clear black pour. Lovely smooth taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4801) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 28, 2013
Sampled from a 0,5 L bottle, kindly shared by Řystein @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]

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichTheVillan (2770) - 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

3.7
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beersiveknown (2889) - NORTHERN IRELAND - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle @ home from the brewery
Pours impenetrable black with a fluffy tan head and rich, floral honey nose redolent of original bracia’s aroma. On swirling the honey is displaced and scents of roast barley, chocolate and aniseed appear. In the mouth its initially thick and roast coffee up front, followed by a thining, warming alcohol, red berries, some paper and red berry notes from the cask aging, sweetness I’d attribute to the pedro ximinez and a dry finish. All in All an excellent beer that perhaps is lacking in body at finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (34777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2013

Cask (gravity) @ 4th Borefts Beer Festival 2012, Brouwerij de Molen, Bodegraven, Netherlands.

Clear dark black brown colour with a small to average, frothy - fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, hether, honey. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, burnt bitter, honey sweet, heather. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20120928]

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshtonMcCobb (2500) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2013
50cl bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours opaque black with a decent crema head. The nose has interesting notes of balsalm wood, furniture polish, maybe even varnish. The taste has two big dominant notes - honey and oak - which are melded together rather than seemlessly integrated. The palate has a very big structure and this continues through the texture and the finish. Overall, this is great but not quite settled down yet - perhaps needs some bottle age to give it some balance.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (8375) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2013
Cask at the Cask, Pimlico - 11/01/13. Very dark mahogony brown with a thin tan head. Honey is evident in the aroma, dark malts, wood tones, hint of smoke, treacle toffee. Taste comprises dark roast malts, chocolate, honey, sweet dark sugars, hint of honey. Full bodied with soft carbonation, smooth on the palate leading to a sweet finish. Decent drinkable stuff but perhaps fell just a little bit short for me as a 10% imperial stout, not quite enough complexity.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6726) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2012
Cask at Craft Beer Co. Clerkenwell. It pours near black with a medium tan head. The nose is roasted malt, cocoa powder, bitterness, ash, Xmas pudding, some sweet dark fruit and burnt honey. The taste is roasted malt, ash, cooking chocolate, salt, earth, kirsch, pretty bitter and dry, alcohol warmth and some liquorice with a long, dry finish. Full body, soft carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Good of depth of flavour. Big, bold and flavoursome.


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