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

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RATINGS: 472   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2008
Cask (gravity) as Thornbridge Imperial Russian Stout @ The National Winter Ales Festival 2008, Manchester, UK. Dark red brown / black color with a small, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, chocolate, coffee, prune, moderate to heavy toffee, licorice. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily / creamy, carbonation is flat. (170108)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (29683) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2009
50 cL bottle, courtesy of Mes. Pours dark brown to black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, light chocolate and mild vanilla note. Smooth vanilla, roasted chocolate and lingering acidic roasted note. Bitter and slight acidic finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2006
A deep red beer with a thick brown head. The aroma is sweet with primary notes of berries, but a bit light for my liking. The flavor is sweet malty with strong notes of roasted malt, but also berries, and a slight acidity, which I guess stems from the roasted malt. The end is bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2006
(Bottle 50 cl) Pours a clear mahogany with a beautiful, warm, reddish glow and a handsome, retentive, beige head. Aroma is one of roasted malt. Fairly full and powerful body with some burned -albeit rather sweet - malty accents. Bitterness mainly deriving from the malts I believe. Not very typical British - almost American in style. 160806

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 14, 2009
Bottled (from realale.com). Very deep brown colour, mediumsized brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, some toasted notes and mild liquorice. Flavour is liquorice, bread, some slight grassyness and also quite salty notes. Balanced.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (19644) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2006
Bottle. Clear dark brown coloured with a beige head. Light roasted aroma of malts and caramel. Roasted flavour of malts, caramel and pine needles.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (18949) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2007
Cask at Peterborough Beer Fest. Almost black, no head. Sweet with loads of chocolate. Vinous and powerful with coffee and syrup. Very soft. sweetness takes control, steering it more towards chocolate sauce than coffee. Tastty, but a bit too sweet for me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (15500) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2009
Cask @ National Winter Ales Festival 2009, Manchester. Pours a dark brown almost black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty licorice and chocolate aroma with some hints of dark fruit. Sweetish roasted malty chocolate and licorice flavor with some fruity hints. Has a sweetish warming roasted malty chocolate finish with some hints of dark fruit and licorice in the aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 9, 2006
Cask Conditioned at Charlie’s Pub, Copenhagen
Black color. Aroma of caramel and roasted malt. Good body structure, round malty body; some sweetness, a lot of caramel, roasted malt, traces of liquorice and yeast; the alcohol is very well hidden. Not one of the most powerful Imperial Stouts, but from the cask it has the advantage of being tasted in the best temperature/carbonation conditions. Long final, with a lot of caramel and some roasted malt; residual sweetness. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (13455) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 12, 2011
Bottle @ Torben Mathews tasting. Huge creamy head with excellent duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are smoke, chocolate, licorice, wood, caramel and hops.


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