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


on tap


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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (9267) - 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 dont 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)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
n0mel (250) - 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. Its 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Palme (4484) - 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! Havent had that flavor, and so much of that flavor in my mouth since the first time I tasted Dark Reserva. Its been a long time since Ive tasted a beer like this. Mindblowingly tasty, and this is not far off the best imp stout Ive ever had. 09.11.2012

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beersiveknown (5205) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamesie1857 (2016) - 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 Ive given, but it must be close.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2014
Appearance: Black with finger thick tan head. Aroma: Citrus, treacle, toffee, woody, slight menthol note, bread crust, peppery, liquorice and spiritous. Taste: Medium bitterness, low/medium sweet and sourness. Palate: Thick smooth texture, medium body, low/average carbonation, lingering dry bitter, treacle, liquorice, malty, spiritous finish. Comments: Gorgeous and glass lace.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
s_hartshorne (2741) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle 2011 the grove in huddersfield good foamy tan head. Lots of meaty smokey bacon dark fruits in aroma and taste coffee great dark malts smokey roasted notes some alcohol great chewy body oily finish. Wow this has aged well v good!! Great y2kbeer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christian (13341) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2011
Boreft Beer Festival 2011: Black with a small, but lasting tan head. Aroma of licorice, prunes, dark sugar, sweet cherries and toffee. Sweet and rich flavour with toffee, biscuit, dark sugar, fruit and mild toasted notes. Super complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IlBevitorediLA (452) - ITALY - DEC 11, 2012
Un ottima Imperial Stout. Nera con un cappello di schiuma marroncina. Aroma carico, complesso, liquoroso, cioccolatoso, e in minima parte caffettoso. Lingresso in bocca stupefacente... ...denso; sembra di inghiottire fango. Inizialmente sbilanciato verso il dolce (caramello) con una leggera punta acida. Emergono poi le note tostate di cioccolato e caff. Chiude con una sfumatura di luppolo. Incredibile e complessa. Ottima.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TET (2932) - Kaarina, FINLAND - APR 20, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2013 A black beer with a dense and yellow-brown head. The nose is very intensive, roastiness, salt liquirice, strawberries and some embers and strenght of alcohol. Taste is also very intensive, lots of salt liquirice, dried fruits, coffee, lots of sweetness, that is balanced with strong bitterness and roastiness. Full bodied, mild carbonation, not sticky, slippery and nice to drik. Very intensive beer, there are lots of everything, very succesfully beer for a slow enjoyment.

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