overall
95
49
style
Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Imperial Stout
Ashford in the Water, England
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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RATINGS: 687   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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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Marstonlad's rating

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marstonlad (891) - Helsinki, - MAR 11, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2013 Bottle at Black Door, Helsinki. Pours black with a thick medium sized head that leaves a lot of lacing. Very malty aroma with notes of chocolate, smoke and coffee, also some roasty and nutty notes. Taste is dryish, very roasty and rich. It is both malty and towards the finish also hoppy. Flavours of coffee, dark chocolate, some resin and pine. Palate is full and sticky. Very nice, drinkable Imperial Stout - intense but not as robust as some.


3.8
jjsint (3116) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2017
Bottle from Cambridge Wine Merchants, Cherry Hinton Road. Dark brown, slightly translucent with a ring of tan head. Aroma is of liquorice, weak coffee, plums, with a hint of cocoa beans. Salty, smoky taste with yeast extract, espresso, bitter chocolate. Very bitter finish. Nicely carbonated. Unfortunately it’s got a heavily astringent aftertaste with horehound and BlackJack chewing gum. Interesting stuff.

3.8
drjoeng (1291) - SINGAPORE - JUL 22, 2017
7.4%ABV. Stout. Pointed out dark brown instead of black. 38 SRM. Nose is sweet and fruity. Aroma of ripe dark fruity preserves and jams. Grape jelly sweet and fruity. Caramel and treacle with burnt or scorched sugar aromas. Mouthfeel is carbonated carbon. Palate has dark wheat toast, roasted barley. Hops are burnt twigs, with a clean woody bitter flavor. Overall, for me this comes across like a black IPA. Warming in the end.

4.1
g_georgiou (573) - CYPRUS - JUL 13, 2017
Dark brown body with a medium brown head. Aroma is malty, caramel, light vanilla, chocolate. Taste is sweet and low bitter. Medium body, soft carbonation, oily texture. Bitter finish.

3.6
lokis333 (501) - Biržai, LITHUANIA - JUL 5, 2017
Very deep black color with small brown foam. Aromas, malty of smokey and roasted cocoa and dark chocolate as well as light booze touch. Palate, full body, smooth rich creamy texture leaving lightly boozy cocoa finish. Taste, bittersweet of malts, chocolate, cocoa with noticeable warming boozy touch. Overall, not bad. Aromas could be somewhat stronger, palate is fantastic taste not bad either. Worth a try.

3.9
Villyzzz (390) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 28, 2017
Bottle at pub. Pours black with a a medium sized foamy head. Aroma has some licorice and cocoa. Taste is quite interesting with some licorice, bitter coffee with a herbal feel. Quite nice.

3.8
Christos (5792) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2017
(Thornbridge Saint Petersburg) Tap at Thornbridge Den Bosch. Dark brown to black colour on the body, small and thin dark beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, sugars, chocolate. Taste has roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, quite sweet, cocoa. Medium thick body, soft carbonation. Very good.

3.3
Marko (5718) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 16, 2017
Thanks v&h!! Almost black cola body, tan head. Dry, a bit stale malty aroma, vague coffee. Taste... Vague sorachi, very light roast, tiny alcohol. Oof. Expected WAY more. This batch doesn’t work... Or somehow just this bottle, bb 9.3.2018. But this is meh.

3.6
Davros IX (360) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2017
2016 catch up - Bottle at home - A good strong stout. Lot’s and lots of malt flavour and a good kick of alcohol. Not many other flavours, but a good "everyday" imperial stout (if there is such a thing). Would buy again.

3.8
popiela (872) - Poznañ, POLAND - APR 22, 2017
Butelka 0,5l. Aromat bardzo przyjemny, czekoladowy, nieco utleniony. W smaku słodko, głównie czekolada, przyjemna kontra goryczkowa. Delikatny alkohol.

3.4
kamanova_boy (271) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 21, 2017
Bottle from Beer o’clock 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.


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