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RATINGS: 505   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Like India Pale Ale, the classic Imperial Stouts were originally brewed with high levels of alcohol and hops to withstand the rigors of a long sea journey, not to India but to Imperial Russia and the Baltic States. Our version is an over-the-top riff on the style, with a huge grain bill featuring several kinds of malted barley, wheat, rye, oats, and spelt. Robust grain and coffee flavors are counterbalanced by date and plum notes from the Scottish yeast. To add extra complexity and depth, this Imperial Stout is made up of a blend of freshly brewed beer and several barrel-aged beers, carefully balanced. Za Vas!


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9735) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2015
750ml bottle . Poured a black color with brown edges and an off white head. Wood, dark fruits, some vanilla, caramel, and some earthiness. Alcohol content overall well hidden.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbruner (2920) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Pours a deep brownish black from the bottle with thin ring of tan brown head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma is soy and roast over a hint of sweet vanilla oak. Taste is more of the vanilla and bourbon, big on the sweetness, wow. Booze is well hidden, but too sweet, nice to be shared.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GTAEgeek (1447) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2015
Growler from the Craft Beer Factory in Marietta. Pours black, with a thick, foamy, tan head. The nose is boozy, with nice oak and vanilla character. The underlying aroma is molasses, toffee, anise and some peat. Very sweet flavor, with just a touch of bitterness. Very heavy body, sticky, warming, and smooth. This is a solid stout, with a great base, and a fantastic bourbon finish. Dangerously drinkable.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
digrod (114) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2015
2013 bottle. Pours pitch black with foamy white head. Aromas of rye whiskey, caramel, and oak. Flavors are similar with anise and a tad of peat and suet. Finish is long tobacco, peat, and bourbon. Amazing

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (6520) - Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2015
750 ml bottle to snifter (2014 vintage). Looks good; a fairly opaque dull, very dark cola with foamy beige head. Smells solid; dark malt, oak, and some mild roast and rye spice. Tastes like it smells with a nice viscous body and a pleasant tingle from the rye spice. The abv is nicely subdued. Enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
visionthing (3532) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 31, 2015
75cl bottle shared by Arve_Christian - thanks a lot. Pours very dark with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruits, hints of coffee and and wood. Sweet, roasty, complex and quite delicious!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arve_Christian (3870) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 31, 2015
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. Pitch black color , ok brownish foam. High aroma intensity; roasted, licorice, coffee, leather and bourbon.Good mouthfeel, small bubbles. Full body & high complexity .Some immediate sweetness, followed by good bitterness- balances well. Very Enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ilovedarkbeer (2436) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Pours a black brown color with a medium sized foamy brown head. Notes of chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, smoke, and bonfire. Great mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (2805) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 30, 2015
On Tap Black with a full dense lasting light tan head. Awesome chocolaty roasted aroma. Maybe a touch of whisky barrels. Flavor is more of the woody notes,m soft roasted flavors with some soot/ash. Low IBU bite, and nicely attenuated. A little sweet but not slick or heavy. Very nice and pleasant roasted flavors. Really like this.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TizzleJizzle (731) - Garland, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2015
On tap at the Flying Saucer Garland. Poured an opaque jet black with a khaki head and beautiful lacing. Tasted notes of bourbon, oak, roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, and vanilla esters. Highly complex and the alcohol is deceptively hidden. Major props for this brew!


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