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


on tap

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RATINGS: 667   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flying_pig (1466) - - JAN 29, 2013
500ml bottle for 3.49 from Peckhams (Glasgow,):
Roasted malts and a sweet, burnt sugar aroma along with some coffee and chocolate. It also seems to have some darker fruits lingering in the background and overall it is a pleasant aroma that could have used being a little stronger.
Mahogany brown colour with a few red tinges in there and a huge, three fingers tall head that is a thick looking, foamy, light brown with great retention.
A strong roasted malt presence initially but what follows is a lot sweeter than I was expecting, there is a touch of coffee along with some chocolate and sugar. The dark fruits from the nose are in the taste as well and there is some licorice complimented by some caramel; a very sweet and hoppy tasting imperial stout.
Lighter than usual for the style, falling somewhere around medium bodied with mild to medium carbonation levels. There is also more sweetness to it than your usual imperial stout.

Lighter in many ways than what I was expecting, the aroma was quite subdued but not exactly weak and the body was a lot lighter too but it was an excellent beer and one that Id probably have again. The 7.4% alcohol content was very well hidden and goes by pretty much unnoticed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sarpa (1440) - FINLAND - JAN 21, 2017
Tap @ Oluthuone Lehto. Pours black with a small beige head. Cocoa, roasted malts, toffee, licorice in the aroma. Dry, roasted, malty, coffee flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blackisle (2265) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2016
Bottle 50cl. poured into a teku glass. Opaque deep red brown, small yet thick beige creamy head, fairly lasting, heavy lacing; aroma roasted malts, cocoa, caramel, mocha; smooth taste, medium sweet and bitter, malty, roasty, chocolate, fruity and spicy notes; mild malty sweetbitter aftertaste, bit earthy and coffee groundings; medium body, oily to creamy texture, average carbonation; a rich and well-balanced stout, very nice and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (3775) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2016
December 23, 2016. Bottle, as Winter Imperial Stout, best before August 5, 2016.
Black with a medium sized tan head. Aroma is roasted and malty with dark bread, brown sugar, molasses, cocoa and some earthy tobacco notes. Taste is medium sweet, malty, roasted bitterness. Medium to full bodied, soft to average carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel and molasses, medium bitterness with a dry lingering earthy cocoa note, hints of smoke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kustie (1011) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 21, 2016
Bottle. Dark reddish almost black color with tanned head. Aroma has caramel, sweet malt, dark fruits and raisins. Taste is malty sweet with quite long somewhat bitter aftertaste. Flavors of caramel, raisins, dark bread, dark fruits, cocoa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nilz (506) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2017 14/12/16 Fill from Grunting Growlers in Glasgow. Pours a nice midnight black with a tan head. Aroma, dark fruits, chocolate. Taste, nice bitter finish preceded by chocolate, dark fruity pudding, nutty, biscuit notes, is that a tobacco note! Rather fine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
L_Lovecraft (375) - - NOV 23, 2016
Chocolate, notes of coffee, dark brown with a good beige head, medium body, law/medium carbonation, a bit watery, again chocolate...not a great emperor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruigo (2498) - PORTUGAL - NOV 10, 2016
50cl bottle. Black with medium beige head. Chocolate, coffee and pine on the aroma. Taste is sweet with dark chocolate and coffee notes. Overall, nice beer but lacks body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tricksta_p (3914) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2016
Bottle at home. Aroma is dark malt, caramel, coffee, some liquorice, roast and milk chocolate. Soft touch of vanilla and fruits. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Body is just above medium. Tasty light Imperial Stout, good complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
acemilan (207) - POLAND - OCT 23, 2016
Piwo o barwie ciemnobrunatnej i bardzo dobrej pianie. W zapachu paloność, karmel, czekolada, chmiele. W smaku dodatkowo lekka kwasnośćod paloności i gorycz. Troszkę więcej w nim mogłoby być RIS-a, troszkę jednak odbiega stylem od RIS-a ale to mimo wszystko dobre piwo.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Estebanik (896) - Lublin, POLAND - OCT 22, 2016
Piana zaskakująco jasna jak na risa. Aromat strasznie nijaki, nieintensywny, po prostu słaby. Na prawdę minimalnie czekoladowy, może leciutkie kakao. W smaku dość wodniste jak na risa. Trochę gorzkiej czekolady, trochę kwaskowatej paloności. Alkohol spoko ukryty, ale przy niecałych 8% to raczej żaden wyczyn. Obiecanej nutki "peatiness" ni w ząb. Posmak gorzkiego kakao ratuje to piwo od bycia kompletną padaką. Nawet wśrd lżejszych pobratymcw, Saint Petersburg kompletnie niczym się nie wyrżnia.

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