overall
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48
style
Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Imperial Stout
Ashford in the Water, England
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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RATINGS: 679   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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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirstyrabbit (1808) - Tallinn, - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle 7,4%. Dark brown body, medium tan head. Aroma has roasted malt and medium hoppiness. A bit watery body for an Imperial Stout (does it even qualify for the style with only 7,4% ABV?). Taste has tarry roast and some coffee astringency. More tar in the finish. Not a very good balance IMHO. I think this kind of bitterness requires some more viscosity in the body.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
popiela (823) - Pozna, POLAND - APR 22, 2017
Butelka 0,5l. Aromat bardzo przyjemny, czekoladowy, nieco utleniony. W smaku słodko, głwnie czekolada, przyjemna kontra goryczkowa. Delikatny alkohol.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kamanova_boy (163) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 21, 2017
Bottle from Beer oclock Bucharest. Clear black colour, pours creamy brown head, roasted malt, bit of coffee in aroma. Coffee, dark chocolate, malt in the taste, low bitterness, alcoholic finish. Bit empty for Russian Imperial stout, but still good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Psytron (2148) - Turku, FINLAND - APR 16, 2017
Smell of licorice, tar, cognac. Cola colour, high brown head. Aroma of ash, tar, roasted malt, some smoke. Medium bitter. Lively carbon, soft palate. A regular stout, not so much imperial in it.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thunderbear1 (2) - Odense C, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2017 does not count
Powerful imperial stout that smells sweet but falls on the darker notes of taste. The bitterness is strong and protruding with some sweet sense to it

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mviljamaa (99) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - MAR 25, 2017
Pours with decent creamy foam. Color is pitch black. Aroma is medium and has Islay whiskey like peatiness, licorice, mmmi and burnt malt and flour. Palate is quite well balanced. Slightly yeasty and floury. Taste has licorice, strong burnt notes like burnt caramel, some very dark coffee, some dried plum, whiskey and burnt raisin. The body is quite fruity and sweet. This not a very coherent beer though but the taste combination feels slightly sloppy. An okay stout, but for this price I know better of this style.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mindwarp (272) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 23, 2017
Pours black with a thick tan head. Not a whole lot of aroma just some roasted malts maybe. Taste burnt malts hint of black licorice. Seems thick. Overall a pretty good stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lello4ever (917) - ITALY - MAR 17, 2017
Nera con bella schiuma beige ampia e compatta. Al naso caff e cioccolato, al palato bella morbida, tostata con un ottima base amara e finale pure. Leggera, beverina, resta la nota legnosa. Carbonazione bassa.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeorgePratt (67) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2017
Aroma of caramel with a hint of burnt. Pours a dark brown with mini head. Complex taste of pine, licorice, caramel with a bitter lingering finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theprof (830) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2017
tap at the Derby Winter Beer festival. A bold way to start given the abv but it had just won best stout in the festival. Caramel and molasses aroma. Pours dark mahogany with broken lace. Taste has licorice notes and chocolate in the back ground in a satisfying malty stout. One can see why it is a winner

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
schnubbie (50) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - FEB 7, 2017
Nearly black with brownish small head. Taste of roasted malt, dark fruits and bitterness at the palate.


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