Brewed by Stringers
Style: Imperial Stout
Ulverston, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
Post-Imperial Double Stout
CAMRA Champion Bottled Beer of Britain 2016.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
wilshire87 (12) - Avella (AV), - JAN 26, 2014
Noise:big babbol. Black, head cappuccino. Not great body. Really sweet taste. Not great presence of alcohol. Not bad, but not a great example of double stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (9949) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 17, 2017
Bottle shared with Ashton McCobb. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, liquorice, toffee, bit of booze heat. Taste is more liquorice, tar, molasses, dark chocolate, dried orange, burnt toast. Lots going on. Dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshtonMcCobb (6087) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 16, 2017
Bottle from Rheged. Appearance - opaque black, creamy fawn head. Nose - toffee and dark chocolate. Taste - creamy chocolate, burnt bread and liquorice. Dried orange thing in there too. Palate - medium to full bodied with a creamy/tangy/sweet texture. The finish is still dry. Overall - excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SarkyNorthener (4276) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2016
Bottle shared thanks to bjammin, cheers Ben. Black beer with no head. Aroma of roast malts, ash and licorice. Taste is coffee, licorice, a hint of dark chocolate and ash. Medium bodied. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minutemat (4924) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2016
330ml bottle from Tebay Services, M6. Pours dark, decent tan head. Aroma is lightly sweet, cocoa, dark berries. Taste is oily, smooth cocoa with a curious sweetness. Low bitterness, more chocolate-focussed than roast and that sweetness thats hard to pin down. Expected a little more layered depth for the strength, but its still a likeable stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
likeatrainwreck (530) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2016
Not great... Im not sure how a 9.3% stout can be watery, but this is... sweet... soy... some dried fruit... no real roasted character... Not unpleasant, but not very good at all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grumbo (2096) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2016
Bottle from the Beer Emporiums bottle shop, Bristol. Pours a deep maroon brown with a milk chocolate brown head. Aroma of rich roasted chocolate, plum, blackberry, raspberry, vanilla with an alcohol edge, well it is 9.3%. Light sweetness, medium roasted bitterness, touch of sour developing. Full body, slick texture, soft carbonation. Finish is sweeter with lasting roasting and fruitiness. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
phaleslu (9788) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2016
Bottle left behind by one of the Brits since they left our Hyatt Vineyard Creek hotel room on Friday afternoon and the other three of us left Saturday morning. Pours an opaque brown, with a finger of tan head that settles into a film and a thick ring. Notes of dark chocolate, earth, dark fruits, light soy, and fudge. Medium-full bodied, with moderate to medium soft carbonation and a fudgy, fruity, smooth mouthfeel. Fairly simple and not much depth for the size. But the important note on this one is that its the final beer for me of RBWG 2016. I couldve popped a few more bottles and poured the remainders, but I was exhausted. Done. Spent. This is it for me. Thanks to VsXsV, Homer321, Leighton, Theydon_Bois and everyone else I spent time with, met, and shared beers with over the week-plus event. The backlog took me a solid month to get through, and this is the end. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hanoi (906) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2015
Bottle. Suprising head for an imperial double stout. Nose is tobacco, ash, beech, fruity notes (blueberry?) and bubble gum. Taste is cherry, cola, strong fruity notes with pronounced blueberry, more of the bubble gum, a little of the smoke from the nose in the finish. Further sips bring in salt, and licorice, with some further dark fruits. This is a very disjointed imperial stout which lacks depth, the fruit notes are off style and overwhelm the rest of the beer to its detriment. Poor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gegwilson (3588) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2015
Bottle from Open All Hours in Keswick. Pours black with a thin tan head. Peppery chocolate aroma. The taste is spicy with rich chocolate notes. Some fruitiness too. Too so much in the way of roast flavours. Nice enough, but not a great example of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamesie1857 (1997) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2015
330ml bottle from bottle shop in Keswick - A jet-black body, almost oil-like, with a dirty looking thick brown head which last some time. The nose is chocolate, liquorice, blackcurrants, coffee, very complex as new notes hit the nostrils. The taste is the same, a bit of vanilla, cherry and some spices come through as well. Oily in the mouth, a boozy warmth at the end. I like this a lot.

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