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RATINGS: 512   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reebtogi (4819) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 30, 2015
750ml corked bottle pours black in color with a 2 finger light brown head that leaves some spots of lacing behind. Aroma is roasted grains and chocolate with some notes of whiskey and coffee. Taste is a roasted grain and coffee bitterness with a chocolate malty sweetness finishing with some dark fruits and whiskey. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium bodied with average carbonation. This brew is much better than I can do justice. A well crafted brew that suits the style well and is balanced nicely. Some barrel aged brews just have too much barrel and not enough beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rumproasts (4137) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2015
Tap on nitro. Black with one finger head. Big stout. Sweet with chocolate and dark fruit. Chocolate, vanilla. Solid complexity. Excellent stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (2181) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 2, 2015
July 1, 2015. Bottle, 2013 vintage.
Black with a small dense brown head. Aroma is rounded roasted malts, chocolate, licorice, caramel, some whiskey notes. Taste is sweet toffee, dark berries, vanilla, milk chocolate, bitter roasted notes, some salty licorice and light charred wood. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, creamy texture.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
waolsen (1370) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2015
bottle. 2015. coffee and dark fruits in aroma. licorice, dark fruit, roasted coffee and sweet chocolate in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ej (978) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - AUG 1, 2015
Bottle. Aged in whiskey barrels. Pours a black body with a dense dark brown top. Nice complex aromas of wood, whiskey, roasted grains, chocolate and coffee. The alcohol is well hidden, but it’s notable. Taste is sweet with moderate roast and alcohol. Bitter finish with coffee and roasty notes. Vinous notes with dark fruits along with whiskey and oak. Body is close to full and it’s slick on the palate. Avg to soft co2 levels. Quite nice this one.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kryon (1890) - SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2015
Pours black with low brown head Aromas of vanilla, milk chocolate, nougats, raisins, dades, molasses Taste has lovely notes of coffee, brown sugar, chocolate powder, dades, raisins, caramel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBunker (931) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2015
On tap. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, wood, malt, and alcohol. Taste starts off with very bitter dark fruit. Lots of wood and chocolate. Nice toasted malt backbone. Lingering taste of bitter chocolate and cherries. The alcohol is very present. Mouthfeel is medium and sticky. Body is medium and decently carbonated. Tasty, but a sipper.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (4838) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2015
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Roasted, dark aromas, sweet and barrel tones. Rye, chocolate, roasted, bourbon, alcoholic flavored.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerRenter76 (291) - Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2015
Originally rated on 1/7/14 -2013 bottle.Pours jet black with a full two finger deep beige head atop that settles very slowly into a frothy mass.Aromas of dark fruit stand out most with lighter whiskey barrel notes.A smooth creamy fuller feel makes for a good sipping brew.Alot of dark fruit on the palate along with dark molasses and chocolate,there is a noticeable earthiness in the finish which was nice. Plus the barrel aging doesn’t overpower the beer, but compliments it quite well. Overall its a fine Imp. Stout.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
njager246 (588) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2015
Bottle to sniffer aroma is a little mild coffee and hints of bourbon, taste is very sweet, vanilla and whisky mixes nice with the chocolate and roasted malts, mouth feel is very nice, really holds on to the tongue nicely, great stuff


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