Hardknott Rhetoric #1

Formerly brewed at Hardknott
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Millom, England


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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
A Quasi-Bombastic Beer. Infused with star anise. http://hardknott.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/rhetoric.html

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TEJA (3444) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2016
Bottle @ Björn, thanks. Thin and short light brown head. Strange aroma with both forest fruit and glue finishing with liquirish. Sweet malty with higher alcohols and a low bitterness.

jesperhammer (5079) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2015
30-OCT-2015, bottle @Ulkløbben meeting, @Sonni. Clear mahogany, no head. Herbal aroma. Taste is very sweet and malty. Bread, caramel, and star anise. Sweet, full body, soft carbonation.

thewolf (13137) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2015
Bottle. Thanks bigbro. Pours clear dark golden with a small, creamy white film head. Aroma has lots of anise, licorice, caramel, plums. Low carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has sweet malts, caramel, quite sweet, sugary, soft anise, softly vinious. Elegant.

Idiosynkrasie (8518) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUL 13, 2015
330ml bottle. Hazy, dark ruby red brown-ish colour with small to average, frothy, fairly lasting, minimally lacing, off-white to beige head. Sweet-ish malty aroma, notes of raisin, fig, dried fruit, cautious hints of oxidation, therefore malty hints of almond and cardboard, an interwoven touch of aniseed - malty Barley Wine-like flavours overall. Taste is sweet malty, toffee notes with caramel, chocolate and coffee touch, molasses, some dried fruit, raisin, red berries; cautious, interwoven hints of aniseed throughout, some warming alcohol in the finish. Full body, oily texture, slightly sticky palate. Not tangent to anything typically Belgian, though..

olio (10917) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 21, 2015
33 cl bottle.
Pours dark amber-golden color with a large head. Some wet cardboard is the first thing on the nose, sadly, that pretty much ruins the aging prospects for this. The "cardboardiness" seems to fade towards the end though. Ripe fruits, yeast with some subtle herbal notes on the aroma also.
Extremely sweet toffee-caramel infused fruity flavor, molasses, brown sugar with subtle syrup and yeasty notes, the cardboard eventually shows itself on the flavor too. Alcohol comes into play only on the warming aftertaste. The flavor is more of a Barley Wine, not really getting the Belgian vibe here at all. Sticky sweet, lingering. Complex and rich, although maybe this would have been way better fresh.

Gary (2108) - SCOTLAND - FEB 6, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2015 Bottled @ the Magpie Brentford ; The nose on this is like a Quad and a Barley Wine having sex ... A robust xomplex malt showcase . Notes suggest cherry covered chocolate ..boozy Tangerine ...raisin bread. A touch bready . Extreme cloying rich palate that does surrender to some dryness . Its pretty gud !

Stuu666 (16041) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours copper, nose is blackcurrant, star anise, fruity, taste is rich, juicy, sweet.

BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 24, 2014
33cl, as Hardknott Rhetoric ’Edition I’, new exclusive English brew Anno 2012, with star anise, from Ales By Mail (UK), complex brew, malty/spicy/sweet and slightly fruity, balanced, clear, small head, good brew, yet expensive!

Garrold (6141) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle. Bier Huis, Ossett. Hazy, reddy amber. Film, and a few bubbles of pale tan head. Sweet, All Bran like malts. Dried fruits. The Missus picked up anise straight away. I didnt. I did get vanilla. Toasted tea cake. Very fruity, boozy, and heady. Taste is boozy sweet. Fruity dry. Palate is smooth, rich, oily, and a little chewy. Finishes long, chewy sweet, and light bitter. Really good, big, tasty beer.

Hanoi (1010) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2014
Bottle, edition 1. Nose is overpoweringly sweet, pronounced star anise, slight cloves some spice, simple. Taste is cloyingly sweet, alcohol, some dark fruits, stewed apple, the aniseed takes a lot of swilling in the mouth to detect, and is marginal to the point of irrelevance., mouthfeel is too thin. Underwhelming but drinkable.

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