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


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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidtjm (1074) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle, vintage 2013. Pour is black with a caramel frothy head, aroma is alcohol, toffee, caramel, roast malts. Taste is warming alcohol, malty, sweet, toffee, gentle bitterness. Powerful stuff, but more depth would take it to the top

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomekboniek (658) - Warsaw, POLAND - FEB 2, 2015
UPDATED: APR 17, 2015 Butelka. 0.33 l. Barwa czarna nieprzejrzysta z bardzo ładną beżową pianą, ktra szybko znika. W zapachu, czekolada, kawa, wanilia, śliwka. Alkohol bardzo dobrze ukryty. Bardzo dobry angielski RIS.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grumbo (2298) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2015
Bottle from Utobeer, London. Pours black with a bubbly tan colour head, soon dissipating. Aroms is a glorious mix of dark fruits, plum, date and chocolate. Light sweetness, medium bitterness, with a light sour undercurrent. Body is full, with a thick texture. Slightly above average carbonation for an imperial stout. Long bitter and slightly sticky finish. A most enjoyable beer, just the sort of beer to savour on a cold and wet winters day and one of the few positives of not living somewhere warmer and drier than the UK!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (4679) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle served in a Belgian snifter. BB date stamp of Fall 2014, but carefully stored. [Thanks to RBWG-14 friends for bringing this from London.] Pours near black and opaque with a barely decent head. Spotty lacing. Aroma: sweet medium and dark malts with some alcohol esters. Flavor: surprisingly sweet, even in the finish. Some hops kick in and bring more balance to the aftertaste. Both medium and dark malts with some burht toast notes. Some sherry and the like from the alcohol esters, yet the high ABV is partially hidden. Feel: full body with medium-light carbonation Despite aging the high ABV is too obvious. While this is not siply hot, it does pack some heat and tongue harshness. O: a rich, imperial sweet stout. Glad to try this but disappointing nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (12210) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is roasted chocolate, coffee, liquorice, taste is similar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99 (1591) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Bottle; pours black with a beige head; aroma of licorice, malt, and dark fruits; taste bittersweet with licorice, a bit of chocolate, and malt; finish is bitter but not over powering with a hint of alcohol; nice imperial stout

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (14563) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 21, 2015
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is licorice, aplle, roasted malt, chocolate. Flavour is licorice, apple, roasted malt, alcohol, coffee, almond. Alcohol driven beer and over carbonated. KRS 160814.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tsekouratos (603) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - JAN 14, 2015
330 ml bottle at The Local Pub, Athens Greece. Black color, brown head. Aromas of blackberries, chocolate, some alcohol when warm. Tastes really sweet and nice, with liquorice and chocolate, paired with some liquor notes and berries. Aftertaste is sweet and long. Body is medium, a little light for the alcohol. Carbonation is low.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdtm82 (1701) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2014
On cask at the Orange Tree; Chelmsford, 27th December 2014. . Black body with a baige head. Opaque. Aroma is whisky barrels, blackcurrants, grains, leather, cream. Boom. Taste is leather, tar, licorice, blackcurrants, Wild berry, sticky toffee pudding, tiramisu, chocolate, oak and motor oil. Epic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrHangover (4293) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours a black beer with a very small, beige head on top that disappears completely within seconds after pouring. Aroma is light chocolate, licorice, molasses and slight hint of coffee in the back. Flavor is moderately sweet, some sugary notes alongside some bitter notes from the licorice. Rather thin flavored for an Imperial Stout. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, no carbonation present. Still good to drink on a cold day nonetheless.

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