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RATINGS: 452   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
574deadzone (1094) - North Central, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Draft 5 oz. sample. Pours pitch black with basically no head, just a slight mocha ring around the edge. Nose involves whiskey cream and dark chocolate. Very sweet, somewhat bitter. Medium bodied, oily, soft carb, with a toasty whiskey-tinged bitter finish. A nice dessert beer, but seemed to lack depth of character. Probably need to try again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcon25 (5) - Duvall, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2014 does not count
Draft pour at malt and vine, smooth beer with a slight whiskey taste, little bite of whiskey at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arsol (629) - NORWAY - DEC 22, 2014
Helt svart med lys brunt skum. Lukter Kaffe, kakao og noe alkohol. Smaker av stenfrukt, salt lakris og herlig fyldig konsistens. Bitter lang ettersmak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8239) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2014
2014 fresh bottle. Sweet, sticky, whiskey-forward chocolate syrup nutty amaretto stout. Fruity-boozy. Phosphorus and ink. Full bodied, low carbonation, sugary cola fruit stewed plum flavoring, strongly bitter finish. (3.3)

Rating from 2009: Dense black pour with a dark cocoa-colored head. Soft yeast-centered nose is full of doughy and lactic esters, milk chocolate and soft bitter cocoa waft out of the glass. Dense texture and soft natural carbonation form a lovely play of semi-bitter chocolate, mild roast, slightly peppery Belgian yeast notes and a small nip of alcohol, well-hidden and appreciated in context. Wonderfully frothy, silky and smooth, the malt is well-textured and properly full and smooth. I tend not to like Belgian stouts or Belgian-inspired stouts, the yeast strains typically produce too much of a lactic character that I don’t think work well with the roast and chocolate typically found in good stout. This is a wonderfully nice beer that I’ll have a chance to sample again a few times. (4.1)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zekada (269) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle from systembolaget. Aroma is big with chocolates, vanilla and some whiskey. Pours black with a creamy brown head. Taste is full with malts, chocolates, some vanilla and a light feeling of whiskey and alcohol. Palate is thick and nice. Overall a very nice beer. Imperial stouts is my cup of tea

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (15177) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle at the pigs ear festival... Deep black... Thin tan lacing... Soft sweet smoke... Light spice nose... Dark sweet roast.. Soft soya malts.. Big chocolate roast... Dark malts

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TH28 (150) - - NOV 29, 2014
2013 release drank 11/29/14. Appearance is jet black with a tan foam cap that dissipates quickly. Aroma is dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla, roast, and alcohol. Taste is rich caramel and chocolate, with bourbon, vanilla, licorice, and roast on the back end. Mouthfeel is medium with a light carbonation and moderate alcohol warmth. Finishes well balanced with some lingering notes of bourbon and alcohol. Good imperial stout...roast is restrained with a prominent bourbon and alcohol flavor and finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekstedt (5636) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2014
Bottle (75 cl) from Systembolaget. Black with beige head. Roasted malt aroma with notes of tobacco and salmiak. Full bodied, low carbonation. Semi dry, medium bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsnicholas (252) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle (750ml $14): Black with big tan head. Aroma of chocolate and bourbon. Taste the same. The bourbon is actually more subtle than most of this style. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vighals (1422) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - NOV 22, 2014
Svart med høyt lys brunt skum. Kaffe, kakao, mørke bær og sviske. Salt lakris, noe bitter med dyp tung sødme. Lite kullsyre. Søtbitter ettersmak

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