overall
96
54
style
Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Imperial Stout
Horsham, England
Serve in Snifter

bottling
unknown

on tap
unknown

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RATINGS: 266   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (13078) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2009
Black with a small off-white head. Aroma of chocolate, licorice, and vineous alcohol. Sweet, roasted flavour, with a drying burned finish.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (15732) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2009
2007 Vintage. Pours pitch black with a creamy bubbly brown head and lacings. Nose is roast, coffee, vanilla and liquorice. Smooth and full bodied. Oily, slick and warm. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (3148) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2009
Bottle from the brewery in Sussex. Deep brown stout with a tan head. Dark fruit aroma and hint of chocolate. Slightly sweet, liquorice, roasty taste, smooth drinking, pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Best before April 09, 2007 vintage from Craig--thanks cgargieuk. Clear mahogany--black in the glass--with a 1/2 finger tan head. Aroma has lots of chocolate, anise, raisins, and dark berries. Roast is present but not anywhere near dominant--still fairly fruity. Flavor follows suit with a fair amount of spicy alcohol. Dry finish with bitterness around a 4. Light carbonation with a medium-full body. Clearly doesnt taste like an American impy. Very good imperial stout--not what Im used to, and a nice change of pace.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (5374) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 23, 2009
Very dark brown color. Light brown head. Nose is not overwhelming, but subtleties are deep, salty licorice is the most dominate, dark fruit, dark chocolate,roasted coffee, brandy, a touch of whiskey. The mouth is salty and slightly acidic, with licorice, dark chocolate, dark fruit. Very little sweetness. The saltiness upfront is a surprise. Alcohol is well hidden, but also gives a warmness in the tummy as it goes down. Hops show up with some aggressive bitterness at the end. I have a love/hate relationship with the palate as it is a bit too salty and acidic, yet, I somehow like it. Definitely a much different take on the style than most Impys and definitely worth seeking out. Bought at UtoBeer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bman1986 (173) - Broadstairs, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2009
Bottle from The Ramsgate Brewery Tap: Thick and very still, black in colour with a miniscule tan head resting on top. Intense flavour of roasted malt and chocolate with a hitn of smokiness. The mouthfeel is amazing, its almost chewable. Fantastic imperial stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - MAR 22, 2009
2007 Vintage, 33cl BOttle from UtoBeer. Very dark brown almost black. Extremely thin borwn head that disappears. Plum and raisins aromas with caramel hints. Sweet malty taste, dried plums and port wine taste. Quite smooth and tasteful but lacks the quality of a great imperial Stout.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. Near black color, very little head. Sweet fruity sucrose aroma, slight roast. Sweet roastiness up front, some alcohol on the back, but overall kid of plain.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobinlondon (1294) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2009
Handpulled cask at the Rake. Black with a thin tan head. Chewy but not cloying. Full of liquorice, chocolate, figss and plum pudding flavours. Plinty of hops in the finish. Excellent.

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Bottle in trade with miketd. Thanks dude! Pours mostly black with a small and short lived dark beige head. Smell is semi-sweet chocolate, dark fruit and licorice. Taste is extremely thin as is the body. Mostly tastes of licorice and dark fruit with a substantial alcohol flavor. Thin body and low carbonation. Very watery and alcoholic in the flavor. Not very good.


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