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

bottled
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RATINGS: 666   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask, Keg & Bottle; Regular.
Previously 7.7%.
Imperial Russian Stout
Rich and dark with smoke, subtle peatiness and the power of the dark malts. Molasses and liquorice and chocolate goodness all wrapped up in a smooth, warming liquid. Finishes with a distinct humming bitterness carried well by the hop and malt combo.

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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bill Becker (871) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - APR 14, 2016
This pours from the 500ml bottle close to black but really a very very dark brown with 2 fingers of tannish foam. It looks great in my New Belgium goblet and I see some very nice lacing. The smell is of roasted malt and dark chocolate bitterness and a tad of some hoppiness. It doesnt have the most assertive nose of the style but whats there is nice. The taste starts off with some nice dark chocolate bitterness and then the roasted malt moves in with a touch of some milk chocolate like sweetness and some smokiness that I notice the more sips I take. Wow. This is striking my taste buds on all the right notes. Not much of an alcohol presence here so, nah, Im still, as always, going to take my sweet time. This is a brew to sip and savour. The mouthfeel is on the high end of medium with lowish carbonation but the real story here is how silky smooth it is. I havent had a brew with that degree of smoothness in a long time... Bottle conditioned? You have me convinced. Drinkability? Theres pretty much nothing to dislike here. Great looking, good nose, super tasty, little sign of the abv, awesome mouthfeel. This, in my book, is a superb drinker.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
rafael52 (1123) - Łdź, POLAND - APR 10, 2016
Kolor: ciemnobrunatny, klarowny.<br. Piana: bardzo obfita, drobnopęcherzykowa, dziurawi się, ale jest trwała.
Zapach: średnio intensywny i trochę mało stoutowy, słodowy, karmelowy, opiekany, wyraźne aromaty chmielowe, owocowe, kwiatowe, trochę cytrusa, earl grey, na dalszym planie lekka czekolada, kawa, delikatny alkohol.
Smak: spora pełnia, lekka oleistość, aksamitne, tak jak w aromacie mało nut stoutu, zdecydowanie słodowy, opiekanydelikatnie kawowy, czekoladowy, dość wyraźne nuty chmielowe, owocowe, kwiatowe, goryczka średnia, ziołowa.
Wysycenie: średnie w kierunku wysokiego.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Johnstledger8 (988) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 9, 2016
Draught. Pitch black with a thin lasting beige foamy head. Aroma of chocolate, liquorice, dark fruits, nuts. Taste is of dark chocolate, nuts, liquorice, figs, biscuits, bitter finish. Oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BiereLuc (1266) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2016
Bire noire, opaque, qui rvle de rares reflets rubis lorsquon lexpose brivement la lumire du soir. Le nez est fugace; mi-caf, mi-chocolat. En bouche, la fume sajoute aux saveurs pressenties par lolfactif. Et la magie opre. Cest bien foutu en sacrebleu! Un peu mince, mais savoureux et mmorable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mr_Pink_152 (4204) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2016
Bottle from Chatsworth house farm shop. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma has chocolate, coffee and toffee, great balanced aroma. Taste is caramel, coffee and liquorice with a dark fruitiness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Manslow (1274) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAR 31, 2016
Butelka 0,5l Kolor ciemny, piana średnia ale wspaniale oblepia szkło. Aromat czekoladowo-owocowy, wyczuwalny lekko alkohol. Smak słodkie kawa i alkohol ale wyciszony, dla mnie super na podniebieniu łagodne.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
avantdagare (245) - Malm, Sweden, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2016
4 finger beige head, black body. Nose: Dates, brown sugar, chocolate, licorice and pine. Aroma: Dark chocolate, fudge, coffee, pine, dates, raisins, brown sugar and resin. Semi-long ending with some bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ShivanDragon (3660) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 18, 2016
RIS van 500ml, 7.4%, 10 years etiketje. schenkt donker bruin oogt zwart met rode gloed en verder een fijne volle bruine kraag. aroma van koffie, geroosterde mout, gebrande mout, vanille, ook iets van fruitigheid, friszuurt, laurierdrop en pek. smaken zijn redelijk dominante laurierdrop gedurende de gehele dronk van het bier, geroosterde - en gebrande mouten, matig bitter, matig zoet, chocolade, poederachtig, droog, redelijk koffie, na het opwarmen worden de dominante smaken van de laurier wat minder, vrij lange laurierbittere afdronk op een matige body met lage co2.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fantti (970) - FINLAND - MAR 5, 2016
Pullo @ Alko. Kaatuu snifteriin mustana, noin kahden sormen paksuisen vaahdon suojaamana, joka jtt hyv pitsi. Tuoksussa on vahvaa paahdetta, tummaa hedelmisyytt, suklaata ja hieman maamaisuutta. Maku jatkaa vahvan paahteisella linjalla, joka on alkuun kahvinen, loppuun hieman leipisempi. Tumma hedelm tulee nyt vahvempana, kuten mys suklaa. Liev savisuus/maamaisuus sek lakritsi on taustalla. Suutuntuma on melko tytelinen ja maitoinen, humalointikin napsauttaa hieman kielelle. Kevyen puoleinen IS, enemmnkin perus-stoutmainen runsaammalla suutuntumalla. Paahteisuus edell mennn.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
artemb (830) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - MAR 4, 2016
Look: dark brown, almost black, clear, opaque, beige head with average retention. Aroma: arabica, berries, some light alcohol notes (like sweet coffee liqeur). Taste: light to moderate sweetness, prominent hoppy and roasted bitterness and some sourness. Flavour: coffee, burned, roasted, liquorice. Bitter-sweet aftertaste. Not so strong and complex as most imperial supposed to be now, hovewer good.


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