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RATINGS: 932   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 107   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Originally brewed in the early 19th century for export from Britain to the imperial court of Russia’s Catherine the Great, imperial stouts are characterized by their dark color & full body. This style features a rich, malty sweetness coupled with aggressive hopping (especially in American interpretations). Notes of dried fruit as well as roasted malt flavors are typically present.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rougeau13 (2179) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2015
Black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, licorice. Taste of rich and roasty malts with mild bitterness. Full bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chucklemation (741) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2015
Pours a jet black with a tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is lots of earthy and spicy hops, along with some roast, but the hops dominate. Flavor is earthy and spicy hops, chocolate, and some roast and a little booze. Has a touch of bitterness as well. The hops profile make this very interesting. I prefer a more stout-like imperial stout, but this still manages to be quite good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deepeary (281) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2015
Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, creamy and a bit smokey. Everything you want in a RIS. Nose has a noticeable hop presence.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jrwhitney6 (365) - - JUN 27, 2015
Pours a dark brown with light tan head. Nose of chocolate and booze. Taste of some chocolate, some smokiness and booze. A bit too much on the smokey and alcohol taste for me. Good, but not more. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourilevesque (309) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2015
Bière dégustée avec Philippe et Mademoiselle Irina, un soir de dégustation où nous avons fait bombance! Cette bière noire et d’apparence visqueuse présente une tête volumineuse, de grosses bulles et d’une teinte vanillée. Malts torréfiés, alcool bien cachée, fruits noirs; le tout accompagné d’une légère note fumée. Toutes ces arômes, saveurs et flaveurs sont à la fois présentes au nez et en bouche. Le tout est parfaitement homogène et concocté avec un grand soin apporté à l’équilibre général. En bouche, je remarque une amertume que mon nez n’avait cependant pas détectée. Cette amertume n’est cependant pas attribuable au houblon mais au rôtissage du malt. Le houblon se veut aromatique ici et non un vecteur d’amertume. Bière élégante au corps moyen, ce stout impérial est somme toute léger et fort agréable!

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
crazy_cat_lady (215) - - JUN 4, 2015
Bottle from LCBO. Lovely Brien head on very dark body. Aroma of chocolate, catching a hint of dish soap, and coffee. Amazing smooth silky mouth feel. Sweet chocolate flavour with touch of coffee. Bit of lingering bitterness. Wish more imperial stouts were thus nicely balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thorongil2 (1618) - , Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2015
(bottle) clear, bright dark brown colour with a medium tall, brown head; aroma of roast, coffee, alcohol; rich, balanced flavour, bit boozy; creamy palate

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mortlach (1253) - Rome, ITALY - MAY 31, 2015
On tap @Ma che siete venuti a fà (Rome). Deep brown appearance with a medium beige foam. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, some licorice, some hops presence, nice! Flavour is rich and balanced, chocolate, coffee, it has a strong bitterness in the end. Full body, low carbonation. Excellent imperial stout, it could be refined a little to become a world class!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (988) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAY 29, 2015
Aromas of dark roast, charred malts, raisin, dark chocolate, toffee, figs, dark grape juice and slight oak. Appearance is pitch black with a thin brown foam. Taste is very raisin, red grape, merlot, cabernet forward. Other notes of dark cacao, toffee, tree bark, funky dark malts, roasted malts and finishes dry with big dark fannie mae cacao chocolate. Overall, this is a good imperial stout but it’s too cacao and raisin forward for my taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopsandBolts (182) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2015
650 ml bottle from the LCBO.

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a couple fingers of tan head which leaves quite a bit of dense lacing.

Aroma: Smoky wood, malt, some hops.

Flavours: Malt, chocolate milk, moca, black licorice, charcoal and some hops.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy with lighter carbonation.

Overall: I like this stout. The subtle nuances of smoke and hop aromas come together with loads of chocolate milk, coffee and black licorice flavours.


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