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RATINGS: 410   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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JustDrinkIt (257) - Arizona, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Deep brown pour with tan head. Aroma is dark fruit, prunes, toast. Flavor has notes of mildly bitter chocolate, dark fruit, and toffee.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BucannonXC5 (796) - 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 (72) - 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 (160) - 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 (261) - 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 (1594) - 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 (532) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
northropfrye (2072) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 19, 2014
Thanks cards04 for this. A beautiful dark body with lasting brown head. Aroma is dried fruit, beglian candy, sweet malts, roast. Taste is sweet malts roasty cocoa. A pretty great beer

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4288) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Pours black into a snifter. Creamy mocha head with medium retention recedes leaving spotted tears. Mchocolate aromas. Thick with dark caramel and hot chocolate turning to hot bourbon inthe lasting burn finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nisse666 (4023) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle at en Öl och Whiskeymässa 2014, 2014-04-11 Göteborg , vintage 2013 AR: vanilla, roasted malt, coffey, dark bitter chocolate AP: dark brown body, wee dark brown head F: heavy warming, too sweet, black peppery, metallic, brown melas, - too much sweetnees going on!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (5574) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Bottle, dated 2013. Pours as you’d expect, dark as midnight, with a tan pillow of foam topping. There’s a firm waft of whiskey in the aroma, and the beer drinks with a thick licorice aspect, with the smooth burn of bourbon underneath. Definitely belies it’s almost 12% alcohol, and then some. This is a burner. (#5528, 5/26/2014)


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