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


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RATINGS: 275   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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BeerViking (4699) - 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.

Korcz (3310) - Warsaw, POLAND - DEC 30, 2016
Czysta bejca. Niesamowicie okrutne piwo. Dramat do kwadratu. Nie dopiłem 50ml próbki.

Antzrhere (181) - 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

Lonick (1864) - 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.

MayumiH (1214) - 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.

Erzengel (8615) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - SEP 11, 2016
*330ml bottle. Rich and deep. Plums, dried figgs, dry caramelly sugars. Not too bitter or sticky, Rich and full dark brown fruity in the aftertaste.

Hanoi (947) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2016
Bottle. Nose is treacle, sweet malt, licorice, fruits. Taste is licorice, dark fruits, very sweet malt, more licorice, prunes, brand, treacle a little wood. There is a breathy peppery alcohol taste which is not well integrated. Mouthfeel is very thin. The sweet and surprisingly light taste profile for an imperial stout is interesting, but the alcohol is overbearingly prominent, and I didn’t really enjoy this at all.

RichTheVillan (7752) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2016
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; opaque black pour with a thin tan head, aroma has sweet dark fruits and some coffee, taste has dark fruits, some espresso coffee, chocolate, pleasant mouthfeel, dark chocolate along with some red fruits.

VastActiv (6935) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 1, 2016
Bottle 0.33l at home, Oulu. Vintage 2012. Colour is black with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Vineous elements, some coffee and roasted malts. I almost put this to drain because it was quite repulsive as cold but its getting little bit of better when warming up. Too old still and drinkability is just bad.

Ktwse (4783) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2016
Pours black with low tan head. Aroma of chocolate, molasses, coffee, licorice and light alcohol. Taste is sweet, very sweet, dark dried fruit, muscovado and alcohol, with a boozy and warming finish. Medium to rich body, smooth, with soft carbonation.

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