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


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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (7892) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonnyguns (1105) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2013
Bottle from mane liquor. Pours a very thick pitch black whit lovely dark tan head. Looks insane. Nose is smoky oak, sweetness from the heather honey, a little bit of coffee and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is incredibly full, such a rich beer. Taste is upfront with espresso like coffee, powdered chocolate, heather honey and maybe some dark fruit. What a great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (4454) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. This is an inky black beer that pours with a quickly disappearing brown head. It has very rich chocolate, coffee and smoked flavours, sweet honey notes and more smoked malt on the finish. SUPERB!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaartenRF10 (1864) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 3, 2012
Draft @ BBF’12
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nocturne (1795) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2012
Cask at Borefts 2012. Black with a thin brown head. Notes of oak, tobacco, smoke and chocolate can’t prepare me for the taste, which is a gorgeous sweet blend of honey and chocolate fudge that just seems to keep ascending in lusciousness as it slides down the throat. Deserves the score for the way it seamlessly works that elegantly simple combination into a higher art.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beersiveknown (5053) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maneliquor (3483) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2013 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours black with a dirty tan head leaving superb lacing. Looks mighty fine. Nose shows sweet and thick honey, leather, molasses, chocolate. Taste is meaty stuff. Sweetness from the honey never takes over. Heavy dark fruits and chocolate, with a focus on raisins. Quite tarty from some berries with some sticky sweet honey. Drinks superbly for 10%. Great beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamesie1857 (1953) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2014
500ml bottle from Archer Road Beer Stop - Deep thick black body, thick tan head. Luxurious nose of honey hits you straight away (and I’m not a fan) coupled with a smoky tobacco and roasted coffee aroma. A rich bitter chocolate and liquorice taste follows, with a slight hint of burnt gorse. Only let down is it is a little bit thin in the mouth, but that’s a small price to pay. Excellent boozy stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2489) - JAPAN - FEB 27, 2014
Very rich, full but above all balanced IRS. Good roast, nice sweet chocolate and fruit of the forest notes. Comes together very nicely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shoulderbroken (3755) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 22, 2016
Bottle. Aroma of honey, raisins, dark fruit. Taste is honey balanced with boozy roastiness. Rich, chocolate. Nutty, oaky. Bit of coconut. Damn good.

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