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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 577   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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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.


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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vanelst (153) - - APR 6, 2014
a bit on the thin side, this rather dry imperial russian. Overall a quit bitter, roasty and a smoky affair with a huge deal of coffee and a tad of chocolats, but not that much of the latter. Not too bad, but nothing exceptional either.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lele (216) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrbigpappa (9) - - APR 18, 2015 does not count
Poured from 500ml bottle at Metro in Lahti Finland. It was good but not great. A bit more bitter after taste than I would like in an Imperial Stout. It finishes like an IPA. which is great but not in this style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kerenmk (3050) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 11, 2015
Bottle shared at a tasting at Max’ place. Thanks Excellent Little Brother for the delivery! Black with a white head. Lots of chocolate, some cherry and some vanilla in the nose, mild bitterness, mildly roasty and fully malty taste. A little alcoholic finish, no carbonation, full body.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
erickok (4093) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - APR 10, 2015
Very dark, creamy head. Hard roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, rye, dry, pecans. String bitterness, very full flavoured. Loads of roast over a body that is lighter than often in such heavy tasting imperial stouts, but certainly not watery. I like how it’s rich and still quite drinkable, also because of the high carbonation. Excellent brew, great quality. (50cl bottle from Saveur Bière)

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomer (2055) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - APR 8, 2015
At a tasting, thanks, quite stable creamy bubbly brown head, opaque black color, aroma of dark bread, prunes, some smoke and light herbal notes in back, flavor of shrubs, dark chocolate and dark fruits, with some roasted coffee. Fair and drinkable but not really exciting.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBlueSky93 (361) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2015
Bottle from Beer Central, Sheffield. Pours dark brown/black with half a finger tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits, touch of chocolate. Initial roasted malts on the flavour, then chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee, some creaminess too. Great brew!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
klm1 (352) - - APR 5, 2015
Deep dark oily colour, aroma of dark chocolate, with little sugar and some liqueur notes. Taste of coffee, a bit too watery like De Molens Mout&mocca. Maybe also despite the relatively low ABV, which is too low for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2463) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2015
500ml bottle purchased at Knightly Spirits in Orlando, Florida. Near black in colour with a thin but lasting tan head, excellent lacing. Aroma is quite roasty, lots of coffee, dark fruits, some molasses. Flavour is roasty, creamy, some milk chocolate, coffee, light alcohol. Roasty mouthfeel, medium body, moderate carbonation. Finishes long, moderately bitter, roasty. Nice stuff. Well balanced and highly drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mzaar (1924) - Varberg, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2015
Flaska. Svart med ett stort smutsvitt skum. Dofter av citrus, kaffe och rostad malt. Smakinslag av kaffe, lakrits, rostad malt och lingon. Kolsyrig och lätt bubblig munkänsla.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blackradioboy (60) - SCOTLAND - MAR 22, 2015
£4 bottle from Valhalla's Goat, Glasgow. Lovely aroma with slight peat. This beer can be divided into two. At first there's a fantastic deep delicate sweetness which - and this stops it getting a higher rating - crashes to a unpleasant lingering bitterness. The first part is so good though, it outweighs the second. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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