Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Imperial Stout
Horsham, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 270   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Cask & Bottle Conditioned;
Imperial Stout is a truly special beer which harks back to the days when English brewers exported strong stouts and ports to the Baltics. Brewed with a high proportion of roasted barley and target hops, this is complex beer with a big flavour. Our bottle conditioned Imperial Stout has been aged at the brewery so you may enjoy it now, although it will continue to improve for many years.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sir__v (2481) - Lille, FRANCE - FEB 13, 2017
Bottle from Ales by Mail - UK. Color: deep dark black beer with no carbonation and medium brown head. Smell: caramel malt, sweet and spicy notes, anise. Roasted caramel domination. Taste: full body with roasted malt, solid caramel and anise notes. Good attenuation and quiet drainable. Aftertaste: roasted malt, anise. Caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (2688) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2017
Bottle. Pitch Black in colour. Roasted/burnt malts. Very fruity (dark fruits). Chocolate, coffee, brown sugar. Initially sweet. Oily. Warming alcohol. Roasted dry finish. Enjoyed this. Nice Impy Stout! (2008)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gegwilson (3576) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2017
Bottle in the Salopian Bar, Shrewsbury. Deep mahogany with a thin cream head. Mild malty aroma. The taste is treacle, liquorice, spice and heavy alcohol. Both chewy and thin bodied. A little unrefined, but decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Towey1989 (2230) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2017
Bottle at The Leeky Tap, Leek. Pours a deep ruby brown colour with a thin off white head. Aroma of oak, raisin, fig, prune, some treacle, slight smoke, a little caramel, a hint of roasted malts, maybe coffee and subtle toffee. Taste of oak, raisin, fig, prune, brown sugar, some caramel, slight roasted malts, a little alcohol, a hint of smoke and subtle spicy hops. Full bodied and a slick texture. A dry, dark fruit bitterness in the finish. A really complex, fruity imperial stout with a hint of sourness and subtle smokiness. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Psytron (2074) - Turku, FINLAND - JAN 13, 2017
Smell of coffee, vanilla. Black colour, tiny mid-brown head. Aroma of oak, alcohol, raisins, rum. Also faints of chocolate and coffee. Very flat carbon, oily palate, viscous texture. Very sweet. Not exactly the regular imperial stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (4455) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2017
Bottle picked up from Spoons last year, pours black-brown with a very thin head, aromas of cocoa, musty oaky vanilla, a little liquorice, faint red fruit, drying alcohol. Palate is dry-sweet and alcoholic, with more liquorice, treacly dark fruitcake, a little umami, then a sticky and strongly burnt-caramel finish.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Korcz (2239) - Warsaw, POLAND - DEC 30, 2016
Czysta bejca. Niesamowicie okrutne piwo. Dramat do kwadratu. Nie dopiłem 50ml prbki.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Antzrhere (140) - Blackpool, Lancashire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2016 Pours black, but thin black with red tinge if you hold to the light. Aroma is licorice. Taste is not what i expected..very malty, sweet, caramel and a spiced fruitcake finish that comes from the hops rather than the malt, but not as intense as you would expect an imperial stout to be. Kind of a crossover between an English old ale on steroids and an imperial stout. Palette is thin for style, however its a nice tasting beer with a great malty backbone. Enjoyable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lonick (1779) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 3, 2016
Bottle @home. Pours black with a tan head. Nose is licorice, coffee, slight chocolate. Taste is more of the same, its sweet but not overly so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MayumiH (1175) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours a black colour. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, balsamic vinegar. Smokey with a rich full flavour. Boozy finish.

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