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RATINGS: 414   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
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Like India Pale Ale, Imperial Stouts were originally brewed with high percentages of malt and hops to help them 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, and oats. A portion of the batch has been aged in whiskey barrels, then blended with fresh ale before bottling. Za Vas!


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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (663) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Aroma has a bit of a tart fruity cherry note to it. Some balanced roast and chocolate notes. Also some apricot and plum. A light vanilla and oak character. Not much alcohol or hops in the aroma. Pours a dark brown, not quite black with little to no head that quickly recedes quickly. No lacing and little legs. Flavor starts with sweet chocolate and lots of fruit. The fruit is plum, cherry and a bit of grapes. A light roast character with a lot of sweetness. No hop flavor and light hop bitterness. No astringency at all. Light alcohol spice in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation. Astringency is very low and alcohol warmth is medium low. Overall this beer has a bit of a thin mouthfeel but has a really nice flavor. Very fruit forward with some chocolate but not much bourbon notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (1864) - Silver Spring, USA - JUL 28, 2014
On tap at Frisco Tap House & Brewery in Columbia, MD. Opaque, near black with a thin light tan head and very good lacing. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, toffee and sweet dark fruit. Taste of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, toffee, sweet dark fruit, alcohol and a touch of charcoal. Medium body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinator (869) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Very nice. 2011 Edition. Aroma of dark sweet malts, wood and bourbon. Very dark and thick in appearance. Virtually no head, which lead to concern it had gone flat. Palate was heavy, smooth, oily and had the right amount of carbonation. Dark roasted sugar flavors with a strong roasted character and some chocolate. Alcohol and bourbon were pronounced. Well done.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle. Blackish beer with a brown head. Chocolate and light bourbon aroma with vanilla. Rich toffee and whiskey flavor with light vanilla and light fruitiness. Fuller bodied. Toffee and caramel linger with whiskey, light vanilla, and light chocolate.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 12, 2014
love the smokestack series and this one rivals the quad for the best. Great dark pour with amazing head retention and lacing. Very flavorful and robust.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BucannonXC5 (802) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Type: 750ml (25.9 oz.) bottle Glass: Sea Smoke oversized wine glass From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif. Price: $14.99 (received as a Father’s Day gift) Purchased: June 14, 2014 Consumed: July 2, 2014 Misc.: Champagne cork; Batch No. 1613310-2 (semi-guessing on the ‘6’); Best by Nov. 2015; 2013 edition Poured a pitch black color with three fingers of frothy tan head. Average amount of sporadic foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Fantastic retention, settling nicely in the beginning and only losing a little bit on the top the rest of the way. Smelled rich chocolate, roasted dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, dates, fig, light tobacco?, wet cocoa powder, boozy liquor, rye, whiskey and faint smoky fire. Really grew on me after a few whiffs. Tasted just as good as the smell. Got toffee, caramel, dark chocolate booziness, thick cocoa powder, light coffee beans, smooth whiskey, plum, dates, figs, hot fudge and roasted nuts. Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. Just a fantastic beer. Loved every moment of it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Syndicate (75) - Idaho, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Got this thanks to spence. Poured a jet black with a thick beige sandy looking head with decent retention and lacing. Smelled like a bit smokey for a regular impy stout but it is a smokestack series. As soon as I took a drink it coated everything. Thick molasses, bakers chocolate, with a mellow smokiness and bitterness that reminds me more of a Baltic porter. Either way pretty decent but not great.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcclainc50 (164) - New York, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Pours a very dark black/brown with a thick tan head leaving decent lacing. Strong vanilla aroma with notes of toffee. Strong vanilla flavor with notes of toffee, coffee and malt. Excellent stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mtdewa1 (274) - rome, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Dark black khaki head. Aroma is vanilla and bourbon. Taste is vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon and some toffee. Very smooth for abv. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (1639) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 21, 2014
An awesome brew. Great aromas of cocoa and vanilla. Dark fruit too. Great chocolate flavors. Not boozy at all. Vanilla and roasted malts too. Fantastic beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dreamflower (567) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle shared with cards04 and northropfrye. Fruity boozy delicious. It was dark. I can’t say much else I just lived it a lot.


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