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94
style
Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Imperial Stout
Ashford in the Water, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Special (at 9.5%). Also available in bottles.
Brewed to a Courage recipe from the 1850s, this extra strong stout was first brewed for export to Russia where it was a popular drink at the court of Catherine the great.
Hops: Appollo, Hallertau, Hersbrucker
Malts: Maris Otter, Amber, Black Patent

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4.9
77ships (11479) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 4, 2012

2011 Vintage – brewed April 2011 – bottled December 2011 – neat

Label – ok, similar to Bracia so they must have an ancient brew series going on but not terribly exiting

Appearance –very dark brown with a lovely creamy mocha head, beautiful

Smell – lots & lots of coffee here, sweet with lots of sweet chocolate, mocha, chocolate truffles

Taste – insanely awesome, like liquid ice-cream basically, oodles of chocolate truffles, mocha & mocha ice-cream, sweet chocolate, toffee, creamy, malty goodness, would love to try this again with some ice-cream in it, very light bitterness in the end, light bitter chocolate / espresso & even some hops but very little

Body – ridiculously creamy

Overall – don’t care what the ratings are saying here, this is simply incredibly, easily one of the best RIS I have ever had
(33 cl. bottle @ Delirium Hoppy Loft)

4.7
n0mel (251) - FINLAND - OCT 18, 2012
Bottle. The foam is thick and mocha-colored, with bubbles of varying size. The beer is pitch black. Aroma is vanilla and coffee. However, what sets this apart from other imperial stouts is its fruity hops aroma. Interesting and alluring. The flavor is, at first taste, a salty coffee and mocha. Some bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth. Finish is bitter, but not very, and also some coffee.

From the first smell and the first taste, I could tell this was somehow different. It’s not overpowering in any way. While I do like heavily hopped imperial stouts, this one was no palate killer. Instead it felt like a well-rounded, elegant beer. All in all, an extremely good beer.

4.7
Palme (4856) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2013
0.33l bottle from April 2011. You might as well call it a jet black one, and it has an impressive medium sized tan and lasting chocolate top. The aroma is lovely roasted with strong concentrated soy sauce, licorice, a dark sweetness that I have not nosed in god knows how long along with strong gunpowder and watered down campfire. This smells absolutely fantastic, and it seriously does not have much to go on this.. The carbonation level is average+ with a soft, thick and oily mouthfeel. Really roasty and almost burned in the taste. More of that campfire, but there is also vanilla, coconut, rich chocolate, salty licorice and more gunpowder. One helluva imp stout this! Lingering chocolate-roasty aftertaste, and the salty licorice? Oh my! Haven’t had that flavor, and so much of that flavor in my mouth since the first time I tasted Dark Reserva. It’s been a long time since I’ve tasted a beer like this. Mindblowingly tasty, and this is not far off the best imp stout I’ve ever had. 09.11.2012

4.6
Beersiveknown (5309) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 22, 2012
Bottle at home Dark brown with fluffy brown-tinged head. Treacle, cofffe, demerara, roast barley, slight sourness on the nose. Rich, smooth mouthfeel with barley and soapy hops through first, followed by a dash of bitterness, some chocolate and tannins, sweet malt, slight astringent barley, long finish.

4.6
jamesie1857 (1985) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2012
Brewed April 2011, Bottled December 2011 - A dark black, tan head, classic look - top marks. Aroma is coffee, licorice, chocolate, dark fruits - excellent. Taste is blackcurrants, coffee, liquorice, and an after burn of warming alcohol - again, excellent. Oily in the mouth, nice and thick - perfect! Not sure if this is my highest mark I’ve given, but it must be close.


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