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

bottled
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on tap
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaartenRF10 (1594) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 3, 2012
Draft @ BBF12
One of the positive surprises of the festival! Very dark brown. Brown head. Very nice complexity with roasted malts, heather honey, barrel notes. Nice oily body and good carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (10201) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 3, 2012
Cask @ Borefts 2012. Deep dark brown color. Big aroma of flowers and honey. Honeyish sweet, syrupy flavor, didnt trace the Bordeaux barrel however. Slightly herbal and roasted.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (10967) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2012
On tap at Borefts 2012, Bodegraven. Pours black with a fine, beige bubble head. Rich, pure honey in the nose, along with some dark malts. Big sweet flavor, lightly alcoholic, with sticky honey and burnt wood. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish with deep, lasting honey, dark bread, light bitter cocoa, sturdy roast. Great, true honey character here.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GothGargoyle (1201) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2012
On tap at Borefts 2012. Dark brown black with a decent beige head. Aroma is heather honey, farmyard, vanilla, hint of chocolate. Slick on the palate, medium bodied with a bittersweet finish. Taste is honey, vanilla, burnt sugar, oak.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (31178) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2012 From cask at Borefts. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is heather and honey, sweet. Smoked, tarish and hney to herbal heather. Sweet and almost sticky meady. Sweet and light fruity finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ober (2810) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2012
Drauft @ 4th Boreft 2012. A black colored beer, with almost no head. The aroma of sweet drk malt and some alcohol. The taste of bitter roasted malt some sweet hony and notes of alcohol. The aftertaste is bitter sweet with notes of alcohol.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (3763) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2012
Cask @ Borefts 2012 - dark with a small mocha head - nose is wow - there is so much honey in there, crazy, thick, sweet, mocha, roast, chocolate but the honey is so heavy that it is difficult to pick out other scents but damn this is fine stuff - taste pure, really thick honey with some dark malts chocolate, roast, sweet mocha, licorice, light bitterness in the back, there is such unison with the honey and the rest even if the honey is really heavy - impressive.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snzcujo (282) - RUSSIA - OCT 2, 2012
On tap @Borefts fest 2012. Aroma is obviously full of honey, honey makes almost impossible to distinguish any other notes. Taste is quite impressive, honey notes perfectly combine with roasted malts, giving delicious aftertaste. Oversweetness of honey is actually perfectly balalanced with a good amount of bitterness in aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (3795) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2012
Cask @ bbf. Aroma is fine honey with liquorice, laurel and roasty malts. Not a fan of honey beers but this is promising. Flavour is quite bitter and roasty ,followed by some fruity and honey sweetness, lingering laurel liquorice in the finish. Intense.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
brokensail (10916) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Black in color with a khaki head. The nose is pretty acidic. A lot of roast, some floral heather notes, and a touch of vinegar tartness in the background. The flavor is surprisingly bitter. Quite roasty with some cocoa and coffee. A bit of heather and floral flavor in the background. Not a big fan of this one.


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