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RATINGS: 550   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Like India Pale Ale, the classic Imperial Stouts were originally brewed with high levels of alcohol and hops to 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, oats, and spelt. Robust grain and coffee flavors are counterbalanced by date and plum notes from the Scottish yeast. To add extra complexity and depth, this Imperial Stout is made up of a blend of freshly brewed beer and several barrel-aged beers, carefully balanced. Za Vas!


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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 4, 2009
Bottle from South Bay. Let this one warm up. Poured jet black with an impressive thick, creamy tan head. Sticky lacing. Heavy chocolate and roasted malt nose. Smoke, leather, oak, some bourbon, and oats as well. Velvety smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation. Love how it coats your mouth. Bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt hits you first. More sweet than bitter, but held in check. Rich coffee flavor (without the acidity), anise, caramel, and creamy milk-chocolate flavors come through. Hints of bourbon and an earthy smokiness pop occasionally. No soy sauce or wooden flavors, just a thick, lovely stout. The alcohol is well masked, but gives a pleasant warmth. Please brew more of this.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
monkeychugg55 (991) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2016
2014 vintage. Brown pour, black in the glass with a medium to small tan head. The first thing I notice in the aroma is strong vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate notes. There is also some dark fruit, molasses, and anise notes in the background, with some added roast as it warms. The flavor starts out with sweet chocolate and brown sugar notes, then slowly fades to mellow bourbon barrel and chocolate, with a touch of raisin. The mouthfeel is very creamy and hides the alcohol well until the warm finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bulldogops (1681) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 2, 2016
Rating #1610 - 24.04.2015 - On tap @underground_yeg. Dark, jet black pour. Aroma is toasted cereal, earth, coffee grounds. Palate is a sweet mix of alcohol warmth, chocolate, coffee, and earth. Fantastic.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
horto008 (180) - Alabama, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Wonderful stuff. In particular, this is a thick and creamy stout that surpasses most that use the title imperial. The head lingers pretty much forever, and the mouthfeel is almost syrupy. It is slightly sweet for my taste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Panzuriel (1626) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Purchased in a three pack from Costco Easton. Boulevard Smokestack Series - Imperial Stout is a rich black brown opaque brew with a firm head of tan bubbles. Nose is sweet brown sugar, vanilla coffee and maybe a bit of oak. Taste is Sweet malt with notes of caramel, bourbon, vanilla, oak and dark coffee bitters on the back end. Body is medium to full and both creamy and slightly lively. a rich sumptuous beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (9806) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2016
Bottle - Vintage 2013 - Lots of dark roast and nice sweetness. Jet brown with a nice light brown head. Sweet, dark molasses, nice bit of light roast and long sweetness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SirLimpsalot (3120) - SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2016
@ Basunen 16-1-9: Label: whiskey barrel. Trevlig fyllig doft med tydliga whiskey (bourbon) toner. Smaken r len och rtt st. Toner av lakrits och choklad. Gott.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guruhso (111) - DENMARK - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle 2011, courtesy of plovmand. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, caramel, chocolate and dark fruit with notes of whiskey; oak, tar, smoke. The flavours starts very sweet but finish slightly bitter. Lingering roasted taste. The body is full and the texture is oily. Soft carbonation. A nice warmth of alcohol. Nice one...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (7290) - Helsinge, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle. 2011 edition. It pours opaque black with a firm dense beige head. Huge sweet roasted aroma with lots of oak and vanilla notes. Chocolate and ripe dark fruit. Some oxidation in the flavor but extremely tasty notes of chocolate, vanilla and oak. Roasted malts and prunes. Yes!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markducommun (621) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2015
Deep inky opaque brown, minimal dark tan head. Deep strong chocolate, quite a bit of alcohol, some flat earthiness. Milk sweetness. Lightly bitter, long sweet finish. Heavy, oily body. Very long finish. Good.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beastwhite315 (27) - - DEC 22, 2015
Very nice flavor with unique character. You don't notice the alcohol content so it goes down smooth. Good malt character and not hoppy or bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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