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RATINGS: 537   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndresTM (402) - Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2015
On tap. Dark chocolate, lots of plums, figs, raisins, some coffee, some earth. Firm mouthfeel, with elegant carbonation and high viscosity. Tremendous under the palate! Fruity sweet, chocolatey sweet, roasty bitter. Again, plums. A hint of pepper. A splash of EtOH, but delicately so. Definitely on the sweet side, but it is fruity and involved, every sip being more interesting than the previous one. Outstanding and immensely satisfactory.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (5572) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2015
How: Bottle..
Where: Tasting 2015-10-09, bought from Systembolaget.
Appearance: Black colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, dried fruitl.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, chocolate, liquorice, dried fruit, vanilla, alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Simonsen (923) - NORWAY - NOV 21, 2015
Flaske fra vinmonopolet. Svart,Oljeaktig konsistens. Lite karbonert. Beige skumtopp. Smaker MÝrk brent malt,eik, whiskey,lakris,vanilje kaffe,brent karamell. En sśrdeles god imperial stout

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raoul_duke (212) - - NOV 15, 2015
2015 edition. Very dark black and thick on the pour. Intriguing acidic cherry aroma with some toffee and sugar. Huge brown head that dissipates extremely slowly. Really nice sweetness on the front with a touch of alcohol on the back. The heat is getting to me after a couple sips

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JDBaker11058 (1647) - Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2015
appearance: very dark brown, thick and creamy chocolate milk colored head; rich legs. aroma: big nose full of chocolate, some molasses, a lot of vanilla, a bit of caramel, smoke and raisin. taste: intense dark chocolate, coffee, and treacle, with molasses, vanilla-whiskey-smoke, dark wood. finish: lingering sweet dark chocolate and a decent touch of booze, but not hot. notes:2013 vintage aged in whiskey barrels. Really nice. Full-flavored, big and sweet. Glad I laid it down for a couple years. The boozy edge was smoothed nicely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zoucrew102 (1012) - - NOV 14, 2015
750ml corked bottle, 2014 vintage aged in whiskey barrels. Rich bourbon aroma with vanilla, wood and chocolate notes. Pours deep black with large light brown head with excellent retention and lacing. Starts with excellent roasted malt and sweet chocolate flavors to go with a full body and slick rich mouthfeel. Finishes smooth with rich bourbon, vanilla, oak and just a bit of booze. Really nice bourbon stout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patricks110 (2232) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 10, 2015
2014 - Aged in Whisky Barrels. Pours a purely opaque black with a heavy and thick tan head than subsides slowly leaving splotches of tan lacing. The nose is rich, heavy and hot with booze. Big barrel and wooden notes with heavy bourbon-esque notes. Very rich and full bodied with a heavy roasted malt bitterness, cocoa, vanilla, light anise-seed. Slick and viscous body. Love this beer with the heavy barrel notes affecting the profile alot. Earthy and warm on the finish with lignering booze and wood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 30, 2015
Bottle. Iíve had the good fortune of having this three times in the past couple of months (closing the lake for the season, at heavylaevyís, and most recently at TvMís). Very dark cola-brown, light brown head. Lovely sweet chocolate, light coffee, dark fruits, woody and spicy nuances. There is an acidity at the back of the palate, not really funky, but just enough to elevate this beer from becoming heavy or cloying. A strangely drinkable RIS for its size and sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chadmasontx (28) - - OCT 29, 2015
A dense, tan head, black body. The smell is molasses, dark sugar and coffee, caramel and chocolate. Roasted malt, caramel, alcohol, coffee and chocolate in the flavor. Slightly bitter too. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
p0rkch0p (23) - Missouri, USA - OCT 24, 2015
Wow. My first of this style. The strong aroma from the first pop of the cap. Darker than anything i have seen. The strong taste of alcohol gives way to a deep intesnse flavor that lasts. Very complex and coffee like. One to savor and with the high alcohol content this one is gonna kick me in the ass a little bit. Def a slow drinker, why did i spend my early drinking years chugging water?

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