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


on tap

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RATINGS: 587   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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.

edgallow's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edgallow (2885) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2012
16.9 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Black color with tan head. Nice aroma, nice imperial stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
R4N5H (369) - SINGAPORE - AUG 18, 2015
Taster (keg) at The Craft Beer Co, Clerkenwell, on 13-Aug-2015 - Thornbridge tap takeover as part of London Beer City 2015. Clear reddish brown colour with a thick beige coloured head. Full bodied and softly carbonated. Slightly sweet aroma of berries, malt and caramel. Flavour of sweet roasted malt, caramel, chocolate and spices. Smooth and well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
elbernays (918) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle from Blackrock cellar. Pours deep black with little to no head. Aroma is hoppy, pine spruce, fruit, coffee background. Flavour is grass, pine with mild hop bitterness. Wood earth finish but this felt more like a black ipa. It delicious and has a lovely smooth mouthfeel but odd for an imperial Russian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99 (961) - CROATIA - JUL 13, 2015
Bottle; pours nearly black with a khaki head; aroma is roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits, and some chocolate; taste is sweet with chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruits; finish is light bitter and dry with some hints of coffee and chocolate; good stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 22, 2015
I ripped the crown off and poured. Odd. The last Imperial Russian Stout I poured was so viscous that it just about had lumps in it. This one, not so much. It even appears lighted with a definite clarity in the lower inch of the glass that looks the colour of polished mahogany. It looks the goods on top though with a covering of cream coloured head that was leaving good lace down the side of the glass. The aroma was that of salty Dutch licorice, molasses and some oakiness, also some polished leather as well. To taste there is a slick, silky mouthfeel that is gratifying. There’s mature flavours of plum, oak and leather again. Add in the odd truckload of savoury licorice and you’ve got this one down to a tee. It’s a tasty devil and not like other IRS I’ve indulged in.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MayumiH (415) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2015
500ml bottle at home. Chocolate, espresso, vanilla, dark fruit and roasted malts. Dark and rich in flavour. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
atrox (491) - Kraków, POLAND - MAY 30, 2015
Pitch black colour, great beige head with lacing. Sweet, roasted, liquorice aroma with dried plums. Taste is also sweet, fruity with some ash and liquor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanCrusher (743) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - MAY 17, 2015
Bottle 0,50L. Very dark, ruby/brown colour with large, frothy, light brown, long lasting head. Not so strong aroma of chocolate, caramel/molassaes, roasted malts and some herbs. Rich, medium bitter taste with a lot of chocolate and coffee with long lasting, bitter aftertaste. Medium body, dry texture, lively carbonation. Excellent stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sinfull (1117) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2015
Black color;medium-sized , beige head. Aroma of chocolate , roasted caramel , raisins . Same notes in taste . Surprisingly easy to drink , probably ,because of lower then in the average American Imperial stout ABV . However it doesn’t lose anything in palate because of that. I’d say , even goes out of the crowd.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nordic (303) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAY 4, 2015
Bottle 0,5. Dark color, small head. Complex, rich taste. Good example of imperial stout. Liked it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lele (255) - Padova, ITALY - MAY 3, 2015
ASPETTO: marrone scurissimo, praticamente impenetrabile. Schiuma beige, finissima, abbondante e decisamente persistente (ne rimane sempre un po’ nel bicchiere). AROMA: piacevole e abbastanza intenso. Soprattutto cioccolato e tostato, ma anche con un leggero marzapane e un lieve tocco di liquoroso. GUSTO: in pratica si sentono gli stessi sentori percepiti al naso. Abbondante cioccolato (sia dolce che amaro), tostato (soprattutto in chiusura), marzapane e un lievissimo liquoroso, quanto basta per riscaldare piacevolmente la bevuta. L’amaro si sente soprattutto nella parte finale del sorso, un amaro soprattutto da tostato, che però è sempre equilibrato con il dolce del malto. Birra che stranamente ripulisce abbastanza bene la bocca. Corpo tra medio e strutturato, carbonizzaizone abbastanza bassa, direi il giusto. CONCLUSIONE: ancora una volta la Thornbridge stupisce per il suo sapore e il suo equilibrio. Una birra che si fa ricordare. Semplice ma allo stesso tempo gustosa...un capolavoro di armonia.

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