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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Imperial Stout
Bakewell, England
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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (36036) - 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]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (32051) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29850) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2013
Cask at Borefts 2012. A black beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, alcohol, and soy sauce. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, coffee, alcohol, and soynsauce, as well as light notes of tar and honey, leading to a dry roasted finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (20930) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (17566) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2012
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. has a roasted malty spicy honey and heather aroma with hints of chocolate. Roasted malty weak woody spicy heather and honey flavor with hints of chocolate. Has a roasted malty spicy honey and chocolate finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2012
28th September 2012
Borefts Beer Festival IV. Day 1. Very dark red beer, little pale tan head. Palate is dry and low carbonation. Rich honey and a trace of apple. Mild floral notes and well buried dark fruits. Exhibits some hops bitterness in the finish. Drier than I would like but a tasty and inventive number. No idea it was Bordeaux Barrelled! Drinks well below it’s abv.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (15170) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 12, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2013 cask at De Molen Festival 2012 ...sweet roast ... dark malts ... huge huge honey nose ... woody toffee ... malts ... again big big honey ... and oh my its clearly heather honey... Bottle at home... Deep dark black... Big bubbly tan head... Soft dark sweet honey... Soft roast... Definite himrnez... Heavy roast.. Over sweet... Light roast... Soft toffee... Light bitter 3.7

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (12999) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 20, 2013
Bottled 500ml@VWPBF Dark black color, small steady beige head. Toasted, a bit sweetish aroma. Full-bodied. Very roasted, coffee, some sweetish notes. Intensive with long lingering roastyness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (11899) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11874) - 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.


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