Thornbridge Hall Heather Honey Imperial Stout

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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TimE (5711) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 3, 2017
Pitch black color. Thin dark brown head. The peated malt really shines and works well with the French oak with just a touch of sherry notes, all of this on top of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and licorice. Pretty damn complex nose that melds well. Oh and I forgot to mention that sweet honey pops up as well. WOW. The mouth shows low carbonation, slightly sour, smooth, lighter body than excepted, tons of peat, sherry, dark chocolate and roasted malts. Really well integrated and put together.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shoulderbroken (4255) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 22, 2016
Bottle. Aroma of honey, raisins, dark fruit. Taste is honey balanced with boozy roastiness. Rich, chocolate. Nutty, oaky. Bit of coconut. Damn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (5948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2016
Bottle with the Belgrade Boys at Halloween tasting. Thanks Alberto. Darkest brown, creamy soap tan head. Complex aroma, lots of honey and smoky malt. Rich body, lots of complex honey sweetness. Chocolate, honey on rye bread, smooth and delicious. Deep honey, milk chocolate. Solid, interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
markoijelena (3093) - Belgrade / Amsterdam, SERBIA - DEC 20, 2015
Bottle 0.5l at The Halloween tasting 2015 Belgrade Serbia.Taste at Beerville Bar with our small tasting group.Bro Vlada, Bro Alberto and Bro Matt.Bottle from cika Alberto thanks bro.Pour it dark color with small black head.Aroma of honey.Taste of smoked feel, honey, dark agressive roasted malt, red wineand coffee on the back.Nice perfect balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ippopotamo36 (2319) - Rome, ITALY - NOV 3, 2015
At the Belgrade-Serbia tasting on 31/10/2015. Bottle purchased at Johnny Off L. store in Rome-Italy. Pours coffee bean color, brownish medium cap. Nose: English malt feel, bready-yeasty, wood BA, chocolate, cocoa. Nice. Mouth: chestnuts honey, burnt malts, tobacco, piney finish. Crazy (and tasty) experiment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (12721) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 10, 2015
Bottle at Craigs. Pours black, nose is honey, chocolate, oak, taste is sweet honey, dry, fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
The_Osprey (7811) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2014
500ml bottle, nearly 2 years old, consumed whilst contemplating my hatred of Southern Hemisphere rugby teams. Black, small tan head, light lacing. Aroma is tangy manuka honey, slightly metallic. Body is medium, smooth, slightly foamy. Taste is malty, touch of coffee, some vanilla and chocolate. Lovely taste - very good beer. Though I have to say a) it doesnt have the body of an imperial stout and b) given all the treatment this has been given (champagne yeast, 2 honey additions, 3 barrel treatments, 3 hops, bottle conditioning), this should be a lot more complex and getting a score nearer the elusive 5.0. Still, its farking good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2014
Appearance: Dark brown/black with finger thick tan head. Aroma: Honey, floral, woody, malty, earthy, peaty, smoky roast malts. Taste: Low sweetness, low/medium sweetness and medium/high bitterness. Palate: Thick smooth texture, thick body, low carbonation, lingering dry, bitter, roast malt, cold coffee, honey finish with alcohol warmth. Comments: V.good and lace.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (7127) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 16, 2014
Bottle from Kris Wines cons 2014-07-16 Gteborg AR: heavy roasted, vinos, chocolate coated honey cookies, when poured a more vinos aroma AP: dark brown, fluffy/frothy sand brown 1 cm high steady head F: intensive chocolate - chilli but not chilli feeling, strong black homebrewed coffee, heavy old fruity French wine, sugary feeling, brittish rasin cake

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Joakgust (1437) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 25, 2014
Bottle. Opaque dark brown beer with a large brown head. Aroma is malty with notes of chocolate, vinuous cherries, caramel and coffee. Flavor is malty with notes of chocolate, sherry, caramel and roasted coffee. Well balanced Stout.

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