Brewed by Hopshackle
Style: Imperial Stout
Peterborough, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   IBU: 66   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
Bottle; Brewed annually.
This beer is dedicated to the breweries that once made this style of beer in vast quantities for export to the Baltic States. It contains five different malts and dark treacle, but only one variety of hop which is Northern Brewer.
Once the initial fermentation is over the beer is transferred into a conditioning tank, placed in the brewery cellar and aged for a period of six months. This allows the complex flavours to develop before the next stage which is bottling. The beer is reprimed with sugar and a fresh dose of alcohol tolerant yeast, bottled and then placed in a conditioning room between 25-30 degrees C. After 4-6 weeks the beer is checked for carbonation levels, taste and other quality parameters. If all is well, then it is ready to be sold which is usually around November or December. As the beer is only made once a year there is a limited supply each year which is usually around 1600 bottles. Every bottle is numbered and marked with the month and year of production and is therefore unique.

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Leighton (21232) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2013
Bottle at the Croydonia Tasting - East Croydon. This one I picked up at the Kris Wines some time ago. Pours clear, brown-black with a fine, tan cream head. Nose of dried dark fruits, chocolate, well-roasted malts and ash. Medium to big sweet flavor with sugary, dry bread, raisins, chocolate cake, dark fruits. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming finish with deep and dark malts, chocolate, burnt marshmallows, prunes and other dark, dried and ripened fruits. Solid.

Scopey (14708) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2013
Bottle shared by Leighton at Croydonia tasting. It pours darkest brown with a small beige head. The nose is roasty, liquorice, wood, sweet vanilla, coconut and booze. The taste is roasted malt, toast, cocoa, earth, liquorice, ash, caramel, toffee, vanilla and alcohol. Medium-full body and fine carbonation. Well-integrated and pretty tasty. Perhaps a touch boozy, but not too shabby at all.

lusikka (7813) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 16, 2013
275 ml bottle. 2009 vintage.
Pours a black colour with a small white foamy head. Rich aroma of roasted malts, wood, licorice and weak metallic notes. Flavour of roasted malts, biscuit, licorice, some acidity and bitter chocolate. Alcohol warms a bit. Full bodied, oily and thin mouthfeel with low carbonation. Not at it’s best anymore I think.

olio (10265) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 16, 2013
275 ml bottle. Bottle #250. Production date 01/2009.
Pours dark red, almost black color with a small off-white head. Aroma of licorice, dark roasted malts, dark fruits, dark berries, salmiac and some wooden bourbon notes. Flavor of licorice, salmiac, dark roasted malts, chocolate, faint vanilla and bourbon. Velvety palate. Nice.

tiong (7267) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 16, 2013
275ml bottle

2009 vintage, bottle #250 - Pours pitch black with a bubbly light brown head. Aroma of roasty malts, chocolate, licorice and cocoa. Taste is malty, roasty and strong with licorice notes, herbs and alcohol. Finish is warming and strong with licorice and roasty notes. Okay, quite malty and strong imperial stout.

laiti (8468) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 16, 2013
27,5 cl bottle vintage 2009 @ olio. Bottle #250, production date 01/2009, BBE 07/2014.
Aroma has soy sauce, some salty licorice and hints of coffee. Flavour has soy sauce, some fruity notes, salty licorice and herbs. Also some vanilla and bourbon notes, which make me wonder if this has been in a barrel. Quite thin and straightforward for this style and ABV, gets better towards the end of the glass though.

Theydon_Bois (19490) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle at ChrisO Snow tasting, thanks to Chris, 20/01/13. Extremely dark mahogony brown with a thin tan head. Nose carries dark malts, dark fruits, light sugars, molasses, touch of booze. Taste comprises dark fruits, booze, raisens, dark malt, figs, molasses, spice. Full bodied, soft carbonation, boozey finish. Decent enough stuff.

fiulijn (20492) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle from Beers of Europe, King’s Lynn
Brewed March 2012; bb November 2015; bottle 164/1600

Black color, with medium sized brown head, creamy, but reducing quite quickly. The aroma is very mild, there is some cardboard, roasted malt, tar. Full bodied, yet with a lean mouthfeel; quite good flavor of roasted malts and chocolate, without exceeding on the burnt side, but also with a moderate liquorice character; correct bitterness, and nice alcohol warmth.
Good beer, not exceptional.

EHSRanders (2052) - Tjele, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle. Black colour with small creamy light brown mostly lasting head. Aroma is roasted malt. Sweet spicy flavor.

Rasmus40 (20639) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle @ HenrikSoegaard tasting. Black with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish. Oily. 171112

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