Downton Roman Imperial Stout

Brewed by Downton
Style: Imperial Stout
Salisbury, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Cask; Occasional. Also available Bottle Conditioned.

This imperial stout has an abundance of chocolate and roasted coffee flavours and aromas. Inspired by our brewers Italian family, this silky smooth, rich stout is balanced by a plentiful supply of powerful resinous hops to match the high alcoholic strength.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (3034) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2017
Cask Half Pint at White Horse Old Ale Festival 2012, Parsons Green, London in Nov 2012 - Opaque Black in colour. Very malty: roasty/burnt malts, chocolate, roasted coffee, some liquorice, toffee. Fruity; some dark fruits, Hoppy; earthy and resinous hops. Tangy roast malty throughout. Decent. (2012-11-25)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Swaroga (2213) - Warszawa, POLAND - DEC 1, 2016
50cl bottle bought at the Winchester X-mas market. It has a dark brown, almost black color. There is almost no head. The body is very light for an RIS. Its like whole milk with delicate bubbles. The flavors are light for this style. Much less intensive and welcoming then the aroma that vehicles strong toffee, vanilla, burned caramel, desert coffee, nuts etc. Taste ? Nothing like that. It tastes like a simple, watery stout with some alcohol in it. Still it doesnt feel like 9%. But then It doesnt feel like a 9% RIS ....

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SilkTork (5711) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2016
500ml dark bottle, unfiltered, from the brewer at Winchester Christmas Market. He said it was Roman in memory of his Italian grandmother who liked strong dark beers. Its robust with a good body and some blackcurrant and chocolate flavours. Theres little sweetness - the dark roast asserts itself quite soon, followed by strong hops. Its OK, drinkable, but just a little dry and heavy. Theres no awareness of this being an Imperial Stout, its more like a robust dry stout. Theres no sign of the abv, and none of the normal interesting balsamic vinegar flavour of a good Imperial Stout. For all the body and strength of flavour and alcohol, this is a little disappointing. More than that, the unredeeming bitterness and soberness is too much for me. Halfway through the bottle I have now given up, and put in two big spoons of sugar. Thats better! So, all in all, not my sort of beer. Shame, I was looking forward to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (5382) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2016
Bottle. Black with no head and virtually lifeless. Some chocolate and coffee flavours. Not one of the best examples of this style I have come across.Bought from the Christmas market at Salisbury.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lowenbrau (4070) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - NOV 20, 2014
500ml bottle @Wyndham Arms, Salisbury. 08-08-2014.
In short: nice flat Imp. Stout.
Pours flat black, almost no head, no lacing. Roasty, chocolate, coffee aromas. Medium body, soft carbonation.Taste follows the nose. Viscous texture. Bitter aftertaste.Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (7628) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2014
Cask at the Wellington; dark brown pour with a bubbly dark tan head, sweet treacle aroma, taste has dark fruit, stewed plums, roast malts, coffee, a hint of chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (7228) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2014
500ml Bottle - Black in colour. Plain chocolate, roasted malt and coffee in the aroma. Rich yet smooth taste with coffee and plain chocolate dominating and some slightly hoppy and soapy notes being noticeable in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beese (2596) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2014
Cask at the Le Gothique Wandsworth Beer Festival on 29 March 2012. Poured black, with a rocky tan head. Aroma was slightly subdued, but there was definite roasted malt, dark cocoa and slight Oxo. Thick, full palate. Dark fruit flavours, with oily bitterness and coffee. Finish was dark fruit, burnt malt and toasted bread.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mr_Pink_152 (4743) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2014
500ml bottle from the Grumpy Goat Reading. Black colour with a tiny beige head. aroma has Toasted malt, chocolate, and coffee coupled with a dark roast coffee flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (8519) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2014
Cask-conditioned, on gravity, at Bristol Beer Festival, March 2014. Near black with a thin, off-white head. Dense, roasted malts, some dark chocolate and a touch of hedgerow hops, before a toasty finish. Good.

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