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RATINGS: 392   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
strattonspeaks (113) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Nearly black pour with milk chocolate head. Nice aroma, but I expected something a little bigger. Nose is sweet and bourbon heavy. Good balance to the flavor. A lot of elements going on---roasted malt, wood, chocolate, light coffee, bourbon, buried dark fruit---but nothing commands or overpowers. A nice melody of bitter sweetness and warming alcohol. Solid brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (2999) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 16, 2014
Lots of dark chocolate and some very evident booze here. Pours black without much head or lacing. Bitter, okay finish. Thick, lightly syrupy texture. Notes of dark chocolate and vanilla. Light coffee. Tap at Georgetown pizza paradiso.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (881) - Texas, USA - APR 14, 2014
Pours pitch black with a large tan head. Smells of dark fruits, roast, hints of chocolate. Taste is fig, hints of vanilla, subtle whiskey tones, and a bit of chocolate. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Boulevard SmokeStack Series Imperial Stout finishes with a lingering sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (6986) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2014
2013 bottle split at Bruce’s pad, thanks to Lorna, 27/03/14. Black with a good sized dirty tan head that retains well. Nose is liqourice, light brett, mineral pang, dark fruit, bitter roast, cocoa powder, subtle BA effect. Taste comprises bitter dark fruit tang, raisens, dates Xmas spice, dark toffee, dark malt, molasses. Medium + body, fine carbonation, light booze in the close. Ok impy, lacking a little depth for the ABV but the alcohol is well integrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1466) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bottled. 2013. Pours black with a big cream head. Aroma is huge roast and malt, some wood and faint citrus. Flavor sweet chocolate, coffee, roast, alcohol. Barrel comes through in a smooth long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (946) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2014
Pours pitch black with a compact tan head. Aroma is coffee, vanilla, milk chocolate. Taste is chocolate, bourbon, honey, brown sugar. Mouthfeel is quite creamy with low carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fluffy (1327) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2014
its good, but i didnt find it to be overtly impressive by any means. maybe try again someday.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (1743) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
Échantillonné du Extreme beer fest 2014: Corps moyen, équilibre entre les sucres et le vieillissement en barriques. Déjà vu mais conception sans faux pas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (13350) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2014
27th March 2014
Tasting at Bruce’s. Thanks to Lorna. Opaque dark brown beer, good tan head. Palate is airy and slightly soft with very fine carbonation. Spice. Licorice. Light dark malt cream and a touch of cofffee. Tangy dark fruits well integrated with a little tangy whisky. Spicy finish, smooth and dry,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (9833) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2014
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Paul. Pours deep black-brown with a thick, tight beige head. The nose has lots of burnt wood, toasted marshmallows, cocoa. Medium to big sweet flavor, some more burnt wood, cedar, rich chocolate, torched earth, dark cherries. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warming finish with sticky chocolate, more burnt earth, torched wood, dark fruit, alcohol. Very nice. Deep, robust.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (5511) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2014 Bottle thanks to Lorna/Helen/Adam. It pours black with a thick tan head. The nose is roasted malt, earth, chocolate, rocky road, vanilla, fudge, coconut and marshmallow. The taste is roasted malt, toast, toast, chocolate, earth, alcohol, whiskey, wood and light vanilla with a dry, toasty finish. Fulling body and moderate carbonation. Decent stuff all round.

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