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

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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Bottled, special
Our Imperial Oatmeal Stout has been brewed using a single temperature infusion mash. A large proportion of Scottish Oatmeal was combined with a profusion of English coloured malts to give an incredibly rich and decadent brew. To bring harmony to this powerful malt grist, English Fuggle hops were used exclusively for bittering and adding aromas of stone fruit. After primary fermentation and a period of conditioning, the beer was aged in famous Kentucky Bourbon barrels for six months, lending their unique influence to the final flavour. Conditioning was then finished in the bottle using Champagne yeast. Malts : Maris Otter, Flaked Oats, Crystal, Dark Crystal, Chocolate and Roast Barley Hops : Fuggles


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (7904) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle 500ml @ fonefan
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, oak, alcohol and hint of sourness.Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long warm, roasted and chocolate finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (13845) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle. Looking lovely in the glass this one, more or black in the glass, topped by a dense, tan head of moderate size. The aroma is a tad weak I think, with a tad too much alcohol, but not at unpleasant levels. Roasted malts and chocolate, a faint dried fruit note too. There’s a bourbon hint in the flavor, with roasted malts and chocolate. Lasting finish with the alcohol too evident. Still, although it’s too boozy, it’s sure a nice one. 140228

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (14095) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are roast malt, chocolate, coffee, caramel and hops.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - FEB 27, 2014
As with most BA beers this is a tad thin, but otherwise excellent bouron infused IRS. Vanilla, alcohol, chocolate, dark fruits with a warm finish. Boozy but not overtly so.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Torrefacto (576) - Madrid, SPAIN - FEB 5, 2014
Color negro con reflejos caoba y espuma beige densa. Aromas de bourbon, uvas pasas, frutas confitadas y madera. En boca es muy densa con un inicio dulce que se mantiene durante toda el trago al tiempo que se añaden toques de frutas confitadas, bourbon, madera y licor. Muy rica.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
allmyvinyl (3730) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 4, 2014
Keg at Craft Beer Co, Islington. Pours black with no head. Flat. Aromas of oats and coffee. Sweet, sticky taste, some coffee bitterness. Could’ve done with a bit of pep.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamesie1857 (1431) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2014
500ml bottle from Archer Road Beer Stop - Black opaque body with a medium tan head. The nose is sweet vanilla, roasted malt, toasted coconut and boozy chocolate. The taste is roasted malt, rich warmth alcohol, toast and grainy spirit style notes. Oily mouthfeel and slightly sticky mouth-feel. Warming finish, a bit dry too. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hohops (320) - Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Appearance is jet black with a tiny head, not much lacing. Aroma is lots of bourbon and vanilla notes which dominate. Taste is bourbon more than anything else, oily texture and quite full-bodied. Took a while to finish this one! A very complex but rewarding brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerheart65 (1005) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2013
Deep black with no Head. Aroma has raisins, dried dark fruits, bourbon.. quite lot of bourbon. Potent carbonation, roasted bitter, long bitter finish, oily feel, medium body. Nice bourbon aroma but bit too bitter roasted for my taste. Works fine but not great.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Staffan47 (880) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2013
Flaska på GH. Delar med Isabel. Stor kropp. Eftersmaken är lite askig och astringent, annars snudd på världsklass. Precis lagom bourbon. Rund och len. Möjligen lite väl spritig, speciellt ouppvärmd.


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