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

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RATINGS: 497   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SilkTork (5156) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2006
Dover Beer Fest, 2006. Stunningly beautiful. Juicy, sweet, soft, flavoursome. A thoroughly enjoyable beer - dark and delicious with plenty of interesting twists and turns. A rare moment of pure pleasure.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SanfordBrewer (1390) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2012
opaque black with a creamy tan head. slightly clingy, slightly silky full body with medium carbonation.

aroma: roasted barley, caramel, anise, chocolate, and woodsy hops.

taste: smoke, roast malt, carob, herbal hop bitterness, woodsy hop flavor.

while there’s plenty of dark roast malt character, the burnt and astringent flavors common in most examples are very subtle here, and the hops are a bit more forward. this makes it much more sessional for me. very good.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TroughMonkey (6) - ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2006 does not count
A fantastic stout with a dangerously drinkable quality. Beautiful black mahogany in colour, a mouth watering fruity nose which follows thru onto the palate with rich roast maltiness, dark chocolate bitterness, liquorice, smoke, tar and a surprisingly light mouth feel for 7.7%. The intensely mouth watering flavours are crying out for accompanying food, which is advisable given it’s unique quaffable character/strength combination

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zacgillbanks (2091) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2012
Bottle from the Thornbridge Brewery. An inky black beer with an oily mouthfeel. It has a strong coffee and chocolate flavour with vanilla, liquorice and a warming finish. Bottle Conditioned.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle from Slowbeer. Interesting, but rough for an imperial stout. Aromas of tobacco, caramel, liquorice. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and long length. Syrupy, full bodied. Dark brown, with a frothy head.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Cask at the White Horse, for "Still here Mr. Selle?" session, at their Old Ale Festival, 28th Nov 08. Very deep ruby brown with a lovely aroma of cough sweets and liquorice. Smooth as silk on the tongue with a wonderfully complex taste of red wine, woody notes and dark fruits. Really blew me away.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tommann (2600) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2010
500ml bottle. Pours pitch black with a large tan head. Roasted malt, some fruit, treacle and a hint of alcohol on the nose. Sweet to start, then the roasted flavours hit, then some fruit and the alcohol comes in a bitter finish. Nice and full in the mouth. Wish I had more but I’ve only got one bottle left.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SheffieldSteel (114) - St Nikolai im Sausal, AUSTRIA - SEP 16, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours a profound black with a small head. Roast, dark chocolate aroma, earthy. Smoky, medium bitter taste with hints of honey, a slight Lebkuchen sweetness. Long, satisfying finish. This imperial stout is nothing short of fantastic.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ads135 (2814) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Very nice imperial stout. Heavy and dark but with some distinguishing fruity notes that aren’t as apparent in other versions of the style.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (13156) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2006
Cask gravity at Dover Beer Festival 2006. SilkTork thought that this was a 5/5. Yes it was good, but not perfect. Black with beige lasting head. Very nice imperial stout aroma, lots of intense dark malt. Very good in mouth and slightly syrupy, but not cloying. Finish has good light and dark components.


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