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RATINGS: 566   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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!

ineedbeer's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (1764) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lilja (2666) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2016
Flaska från SB. 2014 vintage. Smak och doft av choklad, säd, brunt socker, vanilj, torkad frukt, fat som bourbon och whisky. Bra balans, rund och len, fin sötma. Lättdrucken med fina aromer som ligger kvar länge på tungan, mycket gott!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1903) - - AUG 1, 2016
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are roasted malts, whiskey, chocolate, and coffee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vignale (3255) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2016
Flaska från SB. 2014 vintage. En relativt söt IS med mörkt socker, choklad, fudge, vanilj, torkad frukt och till det en ganska försiktig men också hyfsat komplex fatkaraktär med lite bourbon och fruktig whisky. Mycket gott och lättsippat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OminouSC2 (424) - SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2016
A "one of a kind" when it comes to Imperial Stouts. I’m having troubles pinpointing exactly why that is, but I think a lot has to do with different types of barrel aging. I sense a lot of bourbon in this, and it makes it a really smooth drink. Sweet, with a slightly bitter, warming finish. Well balanced, not pitch black with heavy roasted malt and chocolate that you often find in this style of ale. Medium-low carbonation makes the palate really nice as well. Complex and awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Turtles (1872) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2016
750ml bottle from Systembolaget, vintage 2014. Black with a medium size lasting tan head, good lacing. Vinous aroma with oak barrels, dark rum and bourbon also fruity sweet notes, plum, cherry, vanilla, chocolate and caramel. Creamy, sweet and chewy mouthfeel, mild carbonated. Sweet taste, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, honey, marshmallows and a lot of muscavado sugar. Bourbon, vinous and fruity taste also, figs, prune, plums and oats for sure. The bourbon taste is mild but present all the time, appears more in the finish along with the oak and woody taste. Too much on the sweet side, still complex with a great long pleasant warming finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tognetta (700) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - MAY 28, 2016
Totalmente negra, opaca, espuma marrom de boa formação e ótima persistência. No aroma o whisky é aparente mas bem inserido, álcool, malte torrado. Paladar de médio dulçor e amargor torrado. Corpo licoroso, baixa carbonatação. Final tem mais de café torrado, whisky muito bem inserido, dulçor equilibrado.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikeyo1 (652) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2016
bottle @ home. Pours almost black with a medium beige head that diminishes quite fast. Roasted, shigly vinous and alcoholic aroma with notes of dark chocolate, raisins, vanilla, whiskey, wood, salt licorice. Medium to big body. Roasted, dry taste with dark bitter chocolate, vanilla, red fruits, licorice, whiskey, wood, alcohol, rasins, plums. Lasting bitter and dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maarten1993 (909) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2016
Drank during the american beer tasting at Marks place 23-4-2016. Very good imperial stout. Rich, complex, has everything. Wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldrtybastrd (5000) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016
Pours a deep dark brown color. Small tan head head that lasted throughout. Aromas of bourbon and wood. Flavor was a lot of bourbon, hints of smoke, chocolate. Full bodied and creamy. Tasted more bourbon than beer. WOW, this is a flavorful beer!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tfredvik (1714) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 18, 2016
Pours a very deep brown body with a small, light-brown head that disappears quickly. Moderate aroma of dark caramel, chocolate sauce and roasted malt. Strong flavour of dark caramel, chocolate and sugar, with dark dried fruits and a gentle generic fruitiness in the back. Also hints of vanilla. The taste is pretty heavy sweet with just a moderate bitterness in the long finish to back it up. Some might claim that it’s an unbalanced beer, although I think the massive sweetness sort of works, at least for a small sample. The mouthfeel is pleasant, with a syrupy to creamy texture, full body and moderate carbonation. Nice and sweet!
[75 cl bottle shared with Svensenga smak & behag, 2014 edition, courtesy of Thijs]

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