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

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 273   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Bottle from Mes. Full, molasses, charcoal and roast aroma. Big, chewy chocolate, salty, marshmallow flavor. Light bitterness, very dry and chalky. Great dryness and balance for a 10%+ IS, something that has proven to be exceptionally rare over here in the US. Good to see someone can still nail it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Bottle 2009 shared by Andy (puzzl). Thanks! Pours a near opaque black with a khaki/light brown film of head. The aroma is tarry chewy black malts with mild licorice notes and chocolate wafer. Very creamy body-silky and smooth. Mild peppery alcohol accompanies a rich dry black malt flavor with a licorice note and some mild roast. The finish is tarry and salty. Some burnt fruit (plum) notes as it warms. A very nice Imperial Stout. I love this brewery because they can do this, as well as make exceptional session stuff as well.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sm89walt (2054) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 27, 2009
Cask - The Bull, Horton Kirby. 10 months age, this pours a very dark brown, almost to the point of being black with a medium sized, frothy tan head, with great longevity though no lacing but an oily glass coating. Mostly sweet on the nose with toasted malts, vanilla and lots of milk chocolate. Warm and boozy, liquorice, roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee flavours. Quite diverse and intense, whacks the palate about. Thick, oily, soft and full bodied, coating on the tongue with a lasting dry, boozy roastiness. Om nom nom.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 1, 2009
2007 Vintage. Pours a deep brown black with a brown head that dissipates to a wisp. Boozy aroma, with notes of red wine and roast. Full bodied with average to soft carbonation. Flavor if full of roast, anise, and prunes. Boozy and cardboard (oxidation) on the finish. Not that great, unless you like cardboard aged nyquil.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - AUG 10, 2009
Bottle @ GBBF09. Pours pitch black with a huge yet not that lasting brown head. The sweet roasted, milk chocolaty nose is a bit spoiled by a subtle veg note. The flavour is spicy chocolate, sweet caramel a bit boozy. Dry end.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7940) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2009
11.2-oz. Thanks, Maria! Pours black with a loose and bubbly light tan head. Huge salty soy chocolatey and roasty nose. Very pruney as well. Creamy medium body. Some carb present, but very restrained. Coffee, prunes, roast, soy sauce, and salt on the mid-palate. Long salty finish.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - JUL 3, 2009
Bottle from the 2007 vintage. Pours pitch black with a small creamy light brown head. Sweet aroma with notes of licorice, sugar, roasted malt, coffee and vanilla. Flavour of sweet malt, hops, licorice, roasted malt and tobacco. Super smooth and warming.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (13339) - 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 (15905) - 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 (3276) - 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.


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