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RATINGS: 471   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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 (937) - 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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
visionthing (3062) - 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 (3368) - 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 (2369) - Dallas, Texas, 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 (2647) - 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 (638) - 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!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AbbeyRoade (414) - Missouri, USA - JAN 19, 2015
Strong by not too boozy for a 12% ABV! Very malty toasty chocolate flavor. Thick smooth brew. Too sweet for me though.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8101) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2015
750 cc from Wegmanís. Pours hazy and thick jet black with tan head. Some dark malts, cacao, oaky whiskey in the nose. Dense and complex flavor, malty, smooth, with cacao, and some woody and spirit flavor notes.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gregner (19) - Cedar Park, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2015
2014 on draft at Whole Foods Domain. Nose is roasted malts, vanilla and bourbon. Pours a deep black with a quickly dissipating mocha head. Flavor is complex with bourbon and vanilla dominating, and notes of coffee, cocoa and sweet dark roasted malt. Full bodied and creamy with light carbonation and moderate bitterness. High alcohol content is well hidden with no real burn. Very well done barrel aged stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
suprchunk (2421) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2015
Black pour. Ever present huge tan head. Tons of lacing. Big chocolate nose and whiskey. Taste is big whisky with malt and chocolate. A lot of heat.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1392) - Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2015
2013 Bottle; Pour is murky dark brown / amber with a two fingered, fine bubbled khaki head here. Nice retention - The nose is mineral water, spent grains, moving to roast, and earth. Itís not exactly appealing, honestly. The flavor profile greatly improves on these elements : Dark fruits, feint booze, with chocolate morsels, cake, which moves to bittering hops, more mineral notes, and heavy grains - Itís dry, itís roasty, Itís... a decent take on it , I suppose. I believe itís non blended now... for what thatís worth


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