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

bottled
available

on tap
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RATINGS: 671   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
vanelst (154) - - APR 6, 2014
a bit on the thin side, this rather dry imperial russian. Overall a quit bitter, roasty and a smoky affair with a huge deal of coffee and a tad of chocolats, but not that much of the latter. Not too bad, but nothing exceptional either.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theprof (697) - Nottingham, 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 (32) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - FEB 7, 2017
Nearly black with brownish small head. Taste of roasted malt, dark fruits and bitterness at the palate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saesenthessis (35) - Krakw, POLAND - JAN 31, 2017
Pours black, with medium high beige head, nice lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, dried fruits, licqoure, raisins, brown sugar, some espresso in the backround, bit of chocolate. Taste of a good stout, some burnt notes, nice bitterness and sweetness, dried fruits again, ash, dark chocolate and hint of coffe. Medium body, medium carbonation, bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
onceblind (8409) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2017
Black pour under a thin light beige head. Roast, licorice, and anise on the earthy nose. Dark earthy flavor of the same tones as the nose: licorice, dark malt, anise, earthy malt tones. A bit boring and over roasty and licorice-y.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sarpa (1457) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blackisle (2309) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (3812) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kustie (1018) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nilz (507) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
L_Lovecraft (432) - - 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.


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