Urban Chestnut Thrale’s
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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
Peter the Great came to love rich, dark Porters during his trip to England and requested them to be sent to the Russian Imperial Courts. Unfortunately, the beer did not survive the long journey and arrived spoiled. In 1796 a London brewery, Thrale’s, responded by increasing the alcohol and hops in their porter, essentially delivering a richer and heartier brew able to survive the long export east. Thrale himself proclaimed, "She’ll keep for seven years". Thus, with the same intention of longevity as Thrale, we have created our homage to the original brewer of the Imperial Stout. We’ll be keeping a small amount in safe-keeping for a ’seven-year toast’ or two.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
seymour (1857) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - AUG 14, 2015
Tasted on tap at brewpub. Poured a very dark brown color, reddish when held to the light, thin but dense beige foam, lingering with some Belgian lace. Aromas of roasted grains, burnt sugar, charred hardwood, fruity ale yeast esters, faint perfumy blend of hops, vanilla and alcohol. Rich malty taste, some residual melanoidin sweetness balanced by sharp bitterness of roasted grain and faint tangy hops, notes of dark coffee and chocolate, plums, cherries, raisins and assorted baking spices, a tad too much vanilla for me. Strong resemblence to gingerbread, fruitcake, and molasses crinkle cookies. Heavy body, low carbonation, long-lasting balanced bittersweet syrupy aftertaste. A decent Imperial Stout. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2015
Tap. Dark pour with an offwhite head. Cherries, plum, dark berries, caramel. Strong aroma. Medium body. Sweet body. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DiarmaidBHK (4155) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2015
Draft at taproom. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Doesn’t leave much lacing in the glass. Big malt on the nose as well as big booze as well. Kinda sweet on the tongue. Could have used more hope for balance. Finishes clean. Not really feeling this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Had on tap at their place. Pours very dark brown. Very roasty aroma. Flavor is roasty and dry. Light bodied. Good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (8049) - Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Draft to taster. Looks good; a fairly opaque dark cold with beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells of dark malt, molasses, dark chocolate, and roast. Tastes like it smells, but less robust, with a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Not bad, but thin and underwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2615) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 4, 2014
From notes. Tasted on 6/5/13 on draft at the brewpub during a baseball trip with Adam and Taylor. Pours deep auburn, almost black, with an average tan head that leaves thin lace. The nose is molasses, dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, and a touch of vanilla. The flavor is nicely integrated, with the molasses and vanilla sweetness up front, moving to the more roasted bitterness from dark chocolate and cocoa nibs. The body is full with quite a lot of carbonation and a long molasses and coffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (5331) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 2, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. Comes almost black with a small tan head. Aroma of roast, dark fruit, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark fruit, coffee, dark chocolate, and a bit of alcohol. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlytheEwe (2) - Missouri, USA - FEB 24, 2013 does not count
Poured from tap a dark espresso with a khaki head. Aroma of roasted malt, slight coffee, black licorice, and slightly boozy. Very reserved in smell. Tastes of espresso, roasted malt, toffee, and umami. Fair mouth feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OLDMANDUSTY (70) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Poured from tap a near black with a Khaki head. Aroma of roasted malts and slight licorice. Tastes of licorice, roasted malts, some cocoa, and ends with a smoky flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogiergrove (120) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Wow! A dangerously sessionable imperial stout. Strong coffee on the nose, rich dark brown (definitely not black) color. Pleasant toasty notes and an effervescent mouthfeel. Not over the top like many modern examples of the style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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