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


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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Cask & bottle; Special.
The Heather Honey Stout was brewed using a single temperature infusion mash, utilising a complex malt grist including English chocolate, brown and peated malts. English Fuggles, American Palisade and Willamette hops were chosen for a fruity and earthy finish. Additionally, we added in locally-sourced heather honey from Sheffield Honey Company. The Stout was initially matured for 6 months: a third in brsnd new French oak casks, a third in Pedro Ximinez sherry casks and a third in former red Bordeaux wine casks. The beer was then blended back together and conditioned for a further period to allow the flavours to meld. It has been conditioned in bottle using Champagne yeast and more heather honey. The Stout pours near-black with a tan head, giving aromas of heather, oak, coffee, chocolate and liquorice. The mouthfeel is incredibly rich with full and complex flavours of lavender, raisins and dark chocolate gained from the marriage of the beer, heather honey and extensive barrel aging. The result is an astonishingly luxurious beer which can be savoured now or enjoyed in a few years time.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichTheVillan (7512) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; who know the difference between licorice and liquorice Ive seen both mentioned is it the same thing or is one a spelling error, any this beer has zero liquorice or heather or honey I know what all these things taste like but a blank is drawn Im ranting now. This beer is ok

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2013
Poured black with a brown head. Aroma of honey, coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, and hints of licorice. Sweet with a roasty finish. Well balanced, alcohol well hidden.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beersiveknown (5205) - NORTHERN IRELAND - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle @ home from the brewery
Pours impenetrable black with a fluffy tan head and rich, floral honey nose redolent of original bracias aroma. On swirling the honey is displaced and scents of roast barley, chocolate and aniseed appear. In the mouth its initially thick and roast coffee up front, followed by a thining, warming alcohol, red berries, some paper and red berry notes from the cask aging, sweetness Id attribute to the pedro ximinez and a dry finish. All in All an excellent beer that perhaps is lacking in body at finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (47600) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2013

Cask (gravity) @ 4th Borefts Beer Festival 2012, Brouwerij de Molen, Bodegraven, Netherlands.

Clear dark black brown colour with a small to average, frothy - fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, hether, honey. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, burnt bitter, honey sweet, heather. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20120928]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshtonMcCobb (6397) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2013
50cl bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours opaque black with a decent crema head. The nose has interesting notes of balsalm wood, furniture polish, maybe even varnish. The taste has two big dominant notes - honey and oak - which are melded together rather than seemlessly integrated. The palate has a very big structure and this continues through the texture and the finish. Overall, this is great but not quite settled down yet - perhaps needs some bottle age to give it some balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (18694) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2013
Cask at the Cask, Pimlico - 11/01/13. Very dark mahogony brown with a thin tan head. Honey is evident in the aroma, dark malts, wood tones, hint of smoke, treacle toffee. Taste comprises dark roast malts, chocolate, honey, sweet dark sugars, hint of honey. Full bodied with soft carbonation, smooth on the palate leading to a sweet finish. Decent drinkable stuff but perhaps fell just a little bit short for me as a 10% imperial stout, not quite enough complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (14007) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2012
Cask at Craft Beer Co. Clerkenwell. It pours near black with a medium tan head. The nose is roasted malt, cocoa powder, bitterness, ash, Xmas pudding, some sweet dark fruit and burnt honey. The taste is roasted malt, ash, cooking chocolate, salt, earth, kirsch, pretty bitter and dry, alcohol warmth and some liquorice with a long, dry finish. Full body, soft carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Good of depth of flavour. Big, bold and flavoursome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (25572) - Malm, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2012
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. has a roasted malty spicy honey and heather aroma with hints of chocolate. Roasted malty weak woody spicy heather and honey flavor with hints of chocolate. Has a roasted malty spicy honey and chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76 (24173) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2012
28th September 2012
Borefts Beer Festival IV. Day 1. Very dark red beer, little pale tan head. Palate is dry and low carbonation. Rich honey and a trace of apple. Mild floral notes and well buried dark fruits. Exhibits some hops bitterness in the finish. Drier than I would like but a tasty and inventive number. No idea it was Bordeaux Barrelled! Drinks well below its abv.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
suprchunk (2986) - Crestview, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Black pour. Big bubbles, almost like soap. Tan head, no lacing. Big honey aroma. Big. Big honey flavor with some minty, medicinal notes. A little bandaid. Not too bad, but a bit too minty.

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