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

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on tap
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RATINGS: 270   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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4.4
   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. Hes 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. Theres 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 isnt much not to like. Glorious.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sir__v (2481) - Lille, 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (2698) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2017
Bottle. Pitch Black in colour. Roasted/burnt malts. Very fruity (dark fruits). Chocolate, coffee, brown sugar. Initially sweet. Oily. Warming alcohol. Roasted dry finish. Enjoyed this. Nice Impy Stout! (2008)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gegwilson (3588) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2017
Bottle in the Salopian Bar, Shrewsbury. Deep mahogany with a thin cream head. Mild malty aroma. The taste is treacle, liquorice, spice and heavy alcohol. Both chewy and thin bodied. A little unrefined, but decent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Towey1989 (2240) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2017
Bottle at The Leeky Tap, Leek. Pours a deep ruby brown colour with a thin off white head. Aroma of oak, raisin, fig, prune, some treacle, slight smoke, a little caramel, a hint of roasted malts, maybe coffee and subtle toffee. Taste of oak, raisin, fig, prune, brown sugar, some caramel, slight roasted malts, a little alcohol, a hint of smoke and subtle spicy hops. Full bodied and a slick texture. A dry, dark fruit bitterness in the finish. A really complex, fruity imperial stout with a hint of sourness and subtle smokiness. Decent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Psytron (2076) - Turku, FINLAND - JAN 13, 2017
Smell of coffee, vanilla. Black colour, tiny mid-brown head. Aroma of oak, alcohol, raisins, rum. Also faints of chocolate and coffee. Very flat carbon, oily palate, viscous texture. Very sweet. Not exactly the regular imperial stout.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (4455) - 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.

0.9
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Korcz (2315) - Warsaw, POLAND - DEC 30, 2016
Czysta bejca. Niesamowicie okrutne piwo. Dramat do kwadratu. Nie dopiłem 50ml prbki.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Antzrhere (141) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lonick (1779) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MayumiH (1177) - 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.


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