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


on tap

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RATINGS: 638   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
Cask, Keg & Bottle; Regular.
Previously 7.7%.
Imperial Russian Stout
Rich and dark with smoke, subtle peatiness and the power of the dark malts. Molasses and liquorice and chocolate goodness all wrapped up in a smooth, warming liquid. Finishes with a distinct humming bitterness carried well by the hop and malt combo.

thirstyrabbit's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirstyrabbit (1679) - Tallinn, - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle 7,4%. Dark brown body, medium tan head. Aroma has roasted malt and medium hoppiness. A bit watery body for an Imperial Stout (does it even qualify for the style with only 7,4% ABV?). Taste has tarry roast and some coffee astringency. More tar in the finish. Not a very good balance IMHO. I think this kind of bitterness requires some more viscosity in the body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
I_LUV_BEER (78) - - APR 29, 2016
Served in a snifter from a bottle. Pours very dark brown, almost opaque colour with a large copper head. Aroma is a nice combination of molasses, raisins, plum and yeast. Taste predominantly is of molasses and raisins with a slight bitter aftertaste. Medium carbonation and creamy body but somehow it finishes off with a rather sharp finish. Not my favourite but still good enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
androman (1502) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - APR 24, 2016
50cl bottle in Duporth from Bitter Virtue, Southampton. Nose is roasted malt, dried fruits. Body is black, head is very small, beige, mostly diminishing, good lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, quinine, light smoke. Light sweet, heavy bitter. Finish is long lasting medium roasty heavy hoppy bitter. Medium body, thin texture, soft carbonation. Not very easy due to heavy bitterness, not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bill Becker (725) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - APR 14, 2016
This pours from the 500ml bottle close to black but really a very very dark brown with 2 fingers of tannish foam. It looks great in my New Belgium goblet and I see some very nice lacing. The smell is of roasted malt and dark chocolate bitterness and a tad of some hoppiness. It doesn’t have the most assertive nose of the style but what’s there is nice. The taste starts off with some nice dark chocolate bitterness and then the roasted malt moves in with a touch of some milk chocolate like sweetness and some smokiness that I notice the more sips I take. Wow. This is striking my taste buds on all the right notes. Not much of an alcohol presence here so, nah, I’m still, as always, going to take my sweet time. This is a brew to sip and savour. The mouthfeel is on the high end of medium with lowish carbonation but the real story here is how silky smooth it is. I haven’t had a brew with that degree of smoothness in a long time... Bottle conditioned? You have me convinced. Drinkability? There’s pretty much nothing to dislike here. Great looking, good nose, super tasty, little sign of the abv, awesome mouthfeel. This, in my book, is a superb drinker.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
rafael52 (768) - Łódź, POLAND - APR 10, 2016
Kolor: ciemnobrunatny, klarowny.<br. Piana: bardzo obfita, drobnopęcherzykowa, dziurawi się, ale jest trwała.
Zapach: średnio intensywny i trochę mało stoutowy, słodowy, karmelowy, opiekany, wyraźne aromaty chmielowe, owocowe, kwiatowe, trochę cytrusa, earl grey, na dalszym planie lekka czekolada, kawa, delikatny alkohol.
Smak: spora pełnia, lekka oleistość, aksamitne, tak jak w aromacie mało nut stoutu, zdecydowanie słodowy, opiekanydelikatnie kawowy, czekoladowy, dość wyraźne nuty chmielowe, owocowe, kwiatowe, goryczka średnia, ziołowa.
Wysycenie: średnie w kierunku wysokiego.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Johnstledger8 (622) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 9, 2016
Draught. Pitch black with a thin lasting beige foamy head. Aroma of chocolate, liquorice, dark fruits, nuts. Taste is of dark chocolate, nuts, liquorice, figs, biscuits, bitter finish. Oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BiereLuc (1259) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2016
Bière noire, opaque, qui révèle de rares reflets rubis lorsqu’on l’expose brièvement à la lumière du soir. Le nez est fugace; mi-café, mi-chocolat. En bouche, la fumée s’ajoute aux saveurs pressenties par l’olfactif. Et la magie opère. C’est bien foutu en sacrebleu! Un peu mince, mais savoureux et mémorable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3202) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2016
Bottle from Chatsworth house farm shop. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma has chocolate, coffee and toffee, great balanced aroma. Taste is caramel, coffee and liquorice with a dark fruitiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Manslow (1018) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAR 31, 2016
Butelka 0,5l Kolor ciemny, piana średnia ale wspaniale oblepia szkło. Aromat czekoladowo-owocowy, wyczuwalny lekko alkohol. Smak słodkie kawa i alkohol ale wyciszony, dla mnie super na podniebieniu łagodne.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
avantdagare (187) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2016
4 finger beige head, black body. Nose: Dates, brown sugar, chocolate, licorice and pine. Aroma: Dark chocolate, fudge, coffee, pine, dates, raisins, brown sugar and resin. Semi-long ending with some bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ShivanDragon (3006) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 18, 2016
RIS van 500ml, 7.4%, 10 years etiketje. schenkt donker bruin oogt zwart met rode gloed en verder een fijne volle bruine kraag. aroma van koffie, geroosterde mout, gebrande mout, vanille, ook iets van fruitigheid, friszuurt, laurierdrop en pek. smaken zijn redelijk dominante laurierdrop gedurende de gehele dronk van het bier, geroosterde - en gebrande mouten, matig bitter, matig zoet, chocolade, poederachtig, droog, redelijk koffie, na het opwarmen worden de dominante smaken van de laurier wat minder, vrij lange laurierbittere afdronk op een matige body met lage co2.

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