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RATINGS: 437   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
undsioux7 (802) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2011
Pours black with a small mocha head. Aroma of chocolate, whiskey and smoked malts. Taste is pretty much the same, but the alchohol really comes out as it warms. A bit of a tart note also. Might be better with age when the alchohol mellows.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emeister84 (1038) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Aromas of toasted oak, charcoal, dark chocolate, very earthy. Black with a lasting tan head. Very dry, earthy, some molasses. Full bodied.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (5461) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 20, 2014
Shared bottle at Åserød. Pours pitch black with a huge frothy dark tanned head. Strong whiskey aroma along with roasted malts, tar, liquorice. Taste is light sweet roasted, liquorice, thick oily mouthfeel, high carbonated, some nice elements, some not so good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (2690) - Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2014
750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/1/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger fairly dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, plum, date, fig, licorice, molasses, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, toffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, clove, pepper, light char, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/roasted malt, and light-moderate bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, date, fig, licorice, molasses, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, toffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, clove, pepper, light char, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice and roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, licorice, molasses, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, toffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, pepper, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/roasted malt, and light-moderate bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance with the yeast notes and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Belgian imperial stout style. All around awesome complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/roasted malt, and light-moderate bourbon barrel flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (7934) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2014
Bottled 750 ml, at rlgk + Aniela tasting, USA comes to Göteborg 2014, on October 18, 2014. No 7 in the smokestack series, marked 2013.
Thanks to Yoachim!
Clear dark red to black color, small dark brown head. Sweet, alcohol, salty, roasted scent. Salty, malty, sweet, alcohol taste. Roasted, alcohol aftertaste. Warming. Fizzy mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cool_Bond (1494) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
Alcohol and raisins in the aroma. The taste is of dark fruits, oak, and soy. Heavy bitterness that fills the mouth a long time. A little too heavy to drink for my taste. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ktwse (2082) - SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
Pours black with thick, tall tan head. Aroma is quite held back but has coffee, roasted malt, basement, light dried fruit, nuts, quite earthy. Taste is quite sweet, initially vanilla then dried dark fruit, figs and raisins and cherries, finish is lightly boozy, sweet muscovado and chocolate with a hint of tartiness. Body is rich and creamy, with soft carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yoachim (44) - SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
Flaska på provningen USA comes to Göteborg 2014. Luktar whiskey, syrligt, russin, choklad Svart. Smakar russin, alkohol, syrligt, choklad, vanilj, beskt . Ganska fyllig.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (2854) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2014 Bottle courtesy of Yoachim. Pours dark blackish brown with a frothy mocha head that leaves a small trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty with roasted malts, salty liquorice candy, charred wood, coffee, chocolate, soil and hay. Taste is sweet, bitter, salty, malty and estery with roasted malts, burnt cookies, charred wood, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, soil and hints of banana bread. Mouthfeel is soft, round and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet, tiny salty and bitter with roasted malts, burnt cookies, salty liquorice, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, charred wood and toasted nuts. Good but I had hoped for more.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4082) - SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle at rlgk. Pours jet black with a small tanned head. Aroma is fruity roasted malty metallic slightly acidy coffee some smoke. Flavor is balanced malty vanilla bitter roasted coffee.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (4637) - Halden, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
Powerful black color with a small tan head. Oak, chocolate and toffee aroma. A bit rich and fizzy carbonation destroys the feeling. Probably a full body. Tasty stuff apart from the fizzy carbonation. Oak, vanilla, raisins and coffee.
[Bottle at rlgk plaza]


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