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


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RATINGS: 279   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, - OCT 5, 2012
I have to thank thegoatabides for bringing this beer back from Britain for me. He’s chosen well and I reciprocated with one I hope will show my esteem for his choice. Anyway... Appears deep black with ruby port notes in the dimple of the glass and at no other point in the beer. The head is a film of mocha coloured bubbles, but then, beers of this kind are not measure by their head. Aromas of burnt caramel, plum pudding, tar, rising bread, molasses, dark rum and cardamon. There’s plenty of spicy notes to accompany the deep, rich malt and molasses elements. I love this style for the challenge it issues, not just for drinking, but for doing justice to its description. A dusting of currants and cinnamon are also evident. Just tops for aroma. It is thick and oily in the mouth, like Harviestoun Old Engine Oil. This beer also carried with it a definite heat from the alcohol along with plums and fresh charry chemicals. Everything I mentioned in the aroma is there in spadefuls. Thick, black, tasty and oily, with finesse and restraint. It is so easy to throw everything including the kitchen sink into a Russian Stout (think Brewdog Tokyo). This is an approachable, charming and easy beer that leaves a similar satisfaction as a particularly old whisky or rum in the finish. There isn’t much not to like. Glorious.

Zlotta (3731) - Hagen / Düsseldorf, GERMANY - OCT 8, 2017
0.33 l bottle from 'Rudat', 2014 vintage, best before December 2016. Pitch black with a thin, frothy, quickly diminishing, beige head. Sweetish, malty and moderately roasty aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, licorice and hints of dark ripe fruits. Quite sweet, malty, moderately roasty taste of dark chocolate, licorice, some coffee, hints of dark ripe fruits and hints of ash, followed by a medium long, rather roasty-bitter, slightly earthy-dry finish. Medium to full body, slightly oily mouthfeel, very soft carbonation. Well-balanced and round, tastes maybe a little bit oxidized already.

jjsint (3435) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2017
Bottle from Brewklopedia, Leicester. Very nearly black with a purplish hue. Little ring of beige/cream head. Liquorice, raisins, bourbon, cigarette ash and charcoal in the aroma. Taste is bittersweet, boozy and creamy, with the long luxurious finish bringing butterscotch, salted plum and yeast extract in the aftertaste. Full body with just enough carbonation to give it a bit more zip (as if any were needed). And man, do you feel the ABV. Really special.

mariuspoenari (2954) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2017
Dark mahogany pour with a thin short-lived tan head. Notes of dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, bitter cherries, sherry, oak, some dried fruit, brewed coffee. Quite complex, as the label suggests. If I didn't know better, I'd say it is sherry barrel-aged. Medium to full body, low carbonation, bitter-sweet finish.

Gary (2054) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2017
330ml bottle. Magpie ,Brentford. Fumes rise from the tulip..roast malt complexity suggestion of coffee, ink, fudge covered in chocolate, Michelle Obama's ass crevice... Deep black liquid with a khaki head of two fingers. Drinks fine. Rich, sweet and bitter roasted. Everything I mentioned in the aroma, basically. Good shit.

yoxik75 (159) - Wroclaw, POLAND - JUN 21, 2017
Piwo nalewa się bez piany , szczątkowa mocno wymuszana, brzydka. Kolor czarny. Aromat porterowy, ciemne słody, suszone owoce, lekko słodki, karmel. Smak rok po terminie i wali spirytem, masakra, tu juz portera mniej, gorzka czekolada, palonosć, lekki popiół, nuty estrowe, zaznaczona goryczka. Słabe z mega gryzącym spirytusowym alkoholem.

Nisse666 (7785) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2017
Bottle loads of thx to Sir Grumbo cons 2017-05-16 Göteborg AR: roasted malt, dark chocolate, sweet sourness AP: black with a dark ruby rim, wee thin brown head F: low carb, port wine, coffee, chocolate, fine liqurice, full body, smooth, warming feeling

Sigmund (7828) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 11, 2017
330 ml bottle, from Ales By Mail. Vintage 2014. ABV is 10.5%. Pitch black colour, minimal tan head. Aroma of roast malts, leather, horse stable, coffee, dark chocolate, hints of molasses and oak. Very moderate but sufficient carbonation. The rich and medium sweet flavour has roast malts, vinous notes, dark dried fruits, coffee, dark chocolate, hints of oak. Warming mouthfeel. Excellent beer.

Davros IX (449) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2017
Keg. A overpowering flavour and aroma of alcohol that left a metallic taste in the mouth. To me the flavours were in no way integrated and the mouthfeel didn’t work. Maybe the problem was that it was an "end of evening" beer when my palate was shot to bits, so a re-rate is probably necessary.

s_hartshorne (2796) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2017
Bottle bier huis. Black no head. Aroma is dark fruits choc liquorice taste same some mollsse nice roasty finish very boozy. Slightly thin. Decent.

sir__v (2630) - 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.

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