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Ipswich Choate Bridge Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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Russian imperial stout was originally brewed to satisfy the Czarist courts. Because it was transported across the freezing Baltic from England, imperial stout was brewed with a high level of alcohol. Our Choate Bridge Imperial Stout may not be sailing over the Baltic Sea anytime soon, but the rich, flavorful, deep chocolate color and flavor will remain true to the style. The use of roasted barley gives this hearty ale its subtle coffee aroma and taste. Availability: Winter 2009 only

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7136) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2011
1.5L bottle. Poured deep brown with a sticky, well-retained medium beige head. The aroma picked up semi-sweet vanilla, cocoa, and molasses upfront with a hit of coffee and oats toward the back.. moderate roast to everything.. a touch of oxidation.. sweet overall, and age was apparent (but not detrimental). The flavor found a sweet and tacky base of vanilla, molasses, and coffee, with coffee leading the charge.. vanilla and cocoa on the back, carrying through some warmth and coffee bitterness.. a little smoky remnant after the swallow. Medium-bodied and dry on the palate with low carbonation.. sweet overall, with a silky fell across the middle of the palate.. I’d love to try a fresher sample.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2010
In short: A by-the-book strong oatmeal stout. Uninspired but easy to drink.
How: Bottle, 1.5L magnum. Probably about 1 year old. Tasting session with Montreal crew.
The look: Black body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Nose is lightly roasted with light herbal/peppery notes. Typical smooth velvety oatmeal stout mouthfeel. Taste is a bit sweet, smooth toasted oatmeal, some raisins, some leafy hops with peppery notes. Easy to drink but nothing special here except that it comes in a 1.5L bottle. I’m not sure what possessed me to buy a 1.5L magnum of this beer. But that’s just me. Once a month I do stupid things for about 30 days.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (5761) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2010
Bouteille de 1,5 l partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez Rastacouere. Arôme: Odeur de café et de chocolat. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café et de chocolat avec une pointe d’anis. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #3308)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Dates and roasted malt flavors are offered by this balanced Imperial Stout, until a rising leafy hop bitterness.takes control of the finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A big-bubbled ring of foam surrounds the brown-edged blackness.
-Alcohol provides subtle warmth, never getting in the way.
-Carbonation is relatively low, making the flavors come to the forefront (even though they are not as intense as the usual American Imperial Stout).
-This is not a heavy Imperial Stout; it is a fruity and diplomatic example, perfect to introduce friends to the world of craft beer.

From a magnum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2403) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Pours a light brown, one-finger head that goes slowly to a thin layer and leaving some lace. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Black color, no highlights. Nose is roasted chocolate. Flavor is roasted to burnt chocolate. Late bitter/burnt finish. Disappointing RIS. Higher ABV is hidden. $26.95 (plus $1.50 bottle deposit) for a 1.5L (serves four) bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Poured a deep brown color with a tan head. Aroma of alcohol and coffee. It reminds me of how I spend each morning, J/K. Roasted malt flavor. Some coffee notes and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
halfonit (1164) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 29, 2009
This is one big 1.5 liter bottle given to me as a Christmas present from my girl. So for that, thank you and I love you. Now onto the beer. Pours a pure black color with a dark tan head. Aroma is of malts, chocolate, slight licorice, and some star anise. Flavor is basically the same. Has a tasty chocolate aftertaste. I must admit that I am pretty impressed with this one. My girl picked out a good one. Thanks again babe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElDuderino (183) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Magnum, pours a pure black body with heavy tan head. The nose is strong and roasty with heavy chocolate and malty notes. Body feels a little thin and oily on the tongue but still pleasant. Flavors are bold and robust with notes of dry dark chocolate, rich espresso beans, burnt pretzels (?) and some toffee. Alcohol is well hidden but it remains pretty middle of the road.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 12, 2009
1.5 liter bottle. Pours dark brown with a pronounced light brown head. Smells of roasted malt, some chocolate, spicy, some peppery elements. Tastes full bodied and velvety with a nice roasty malt profile. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Monstrously large bottle at the Cuvee de Castleton release at Captain Lawrence. Pours black with a thin tan head. Malt and roast on the nose. Medium bodied with more roast and a touch of caramel coming through. Finishes with a light bitterness. Pretty tasty.

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