Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Imperial Stout
Ashford in the Water, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 227   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
We all know that drinking beer is a congenital pastime and brewing beer can be just as fraternal. This collaboration between Rob Lovatt of Thornbridge and Jessica Heidrich St. Eriks is testament to the friendship and inspiration that brewing can produce. This Imperial Raspberry Stout pours rich and dark with aromas and tastes of liquorice and chocolate, complimented by the generous infusion of prime Scottish raspberries. Hops: Bramling Cross. For best results serve at 10C.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Infiniteipa (30) - - JAN 25, 2014
An absolute beast of a beer! Perfect imperial stout thickness, with dark chocolate heavy on the palate initially, and the raspberry kicking in quickly, dominating the taste with deep and dark sourness. If youre after a challenging strong beer, this is the beer for you. It may not be the smoothest beer at 10%, but this is part of its charm. The use of fruit with Imperial Stout here is a match made in beer Heaven, the only question is when can I get hold of another bottle of this?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VDuquerroux (1556) - Airvault, Haut-Poitou, FRANCE - APR 17, 2017
Bottle, 50cL. Home. Easter. With my parents. A shining black beer with a big beige foamy head ; medium retention. Raspberry nose and aroma (++), light roast. Medium round sweet, light to medium dry bitter, light warming background. Medium good body, light silky texture, soft carbonation, lasting dry fruity finish. Overall, really good ! Nevertheless, what a pity this raspberry aroma hides everything...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shoulderbroken (4162) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 8, 2017
Bottle. Lovely aroma of raspberries. Taste is even better, raspberry, bit of chocolate, rich and lovely. Was a bit smashed at this stage.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimayx (100) - FRANCE - MAR 13, 2017
Une trs belle bire, vraiment originale de par lassociation dune stout assez puissante et des framboises. Cette association fonctionne trs bien, un peu comme le chocolat aux framboises, les armes sont trs complmentaires. La couleur est brun trs fonce, quasi noire, mais pas noire dencre. Le nez est trs marqu par les framboises. Des framboises fraiches, acidules et complexes, intenses. Ce nez se complte par dimportantes touches maltes: mlasse, chocolat, malts bruls. Le fruit est sur le devant, les malts derrire, lquilibre est trs bon. Idem dans la bouche. Lintensit nest pas phnomnale pour une Imperial stout. Bien sur la bire est puissante, mais la framboise vient attnuer le malt. Gros armes de framboise, la encore fraiches et un peu acidules, on a limpression de gouter es bonnes framboises. En second plan, mais environ a galit, on trouve donc de nouveau les malts: chocolat, malt bruns, un peu de torrfi, mlasse, caramel. Les notes maltes sont assez douces, rondes. Corps de densit moyenne suprieure, effervescence trs fine, gout et texture un peu sucr. Les 10% sont insensibles. Finale un peu plus rotie et amre.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Erasmus_ro (2820) - Alabama, USA - FEB 26, 2017
Bottle. Pours dark brown, black with a small, dark beige head. Aroma is somewhat sweet with berries, strawberry, raspberry, roast. Taste is roast, raspberry, coffee. Strong aftertaste with raspberry and coffee. Nice sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Towey1989 (2458) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2017
Bottle share at The Bottle Lab, Leek. Pours a deep brown colour with a medium tan head. Aroma of molasses, raspberry, some dark fruits, slight liquorice, a hint of smoke, a little chocolate and subtle brown sugar. Taste of molasses, treacle, some dark fruits, slight raspberry, chocolate, a little roasted malts, a hint of coffee, maybe brown sugar and subtle spicy, earthy hops. Full bodied and a slick texture. A slick and smooth, treacly finish with a soft roasted bitterness in the aftertaste. Complex and well made and the raspberry adds a subtle sharpness to the rich and smooth malts. No hint of alcohol either. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ruigo (2706) - PORTUGAL - FEB 14, 2017
500ml bottle. Black with a nice tan head. Raspberry, dark chocolate and coffee. Light aroma of olives. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BenL8 (150) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 27, 2017
Pours pitch black with a fine cappuccino coloured head. Aroma is very very dark, the dark malts are very straightforward. Coffee is quite apparent, raspberry is more in the background but there. Some treacle and plums. Thick and oily mouthfeel, medium to heavy body. Flavour is complex, loads of dark malts, honey, treacle, raspberries, rather earthy and even some hops noticeable. Finish is rather long with some wood and smoke and also the raspberries! Great beer!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bestbeerbuddies (1) - - JAN 24, 2017 does not count
Great beer I got in a bottle. It was great tasting - really enjoyed the flavor and aroma that came off of the glass when poured ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Unde (1009) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 21, 2017
Bottle of 2013. Deep dark brown colour with beige head on top leaving small lacing as it dissolves. Aroma has intense raspberries, dark chocolate and some roasted malts. Taste has lots of raspberries but some dark chocolate too, roasted malts and more berries. Full body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Villyzzz (364) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours black with medium sized long lasting tan head. Aroma is raspberry, cocoa, licorice and a hint of strawberry. Taste has bitter raspberry, roasted coffee and cocoa. Medium carbonation. Quite bitter for a stout. Overall great beer.

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