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


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RATINGS: 274   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. 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (7154) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2017
Bottle loads of thx to Sir Grumbo cons 2017-05-16 Gteborg 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sigmund (7315) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros IX (303) - 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 didnt 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
s_hartshorne (2766) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sir__v (2596) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (3041) - 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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gegwilson (3645) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Towey1989 (2566) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Psytron (2200) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (4615) - 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.

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