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Ipswich Choate Bridge Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
koleminer20 (2218) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2014
From notes. This was shared at a tasting put on by @mikem409 on November 7. Magnum bottle shared by Steve, thanks! The pour is a nice black with a thick light tan head and some spotty lace hanging around the glass. The aroma is pretty heavy on chocolate with an odd hop aroma that comes with it. There is a little caramel in there, and a touch of dark fruit. It just smells a little different for a RIS. The flavor is a little more harsh. It’s got a little chocolate to go with a mild caramel and dark fruit blend. There is a little vanilla in there, and it’s just kind of off. Like it’s stale. The mouth feel is thin and light, with minimal carbonation to help it out. It’s got a little sharp dry coffee on the aftertaste

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2014 Bottle: Magnum. Thanks, Steve. Deep, deep brown pour with a small tan collar. Aroma of prunes & mild papery oxidation, light cardboard. Hints of brown sugar, toasted caramel malt, & mildly sweet chocolate morsels. Flavor is a bit oxidized, too, with a bit of newspaper & cardboard flavors up front. Anise, mild prune, sweet raisin, & a very faint bit of roast towards the back-end. A little bit of stale toffee & caramel as well. Not as "stouty" at an Imperial Stout should be... Maybe due to oxidation? Fun to try, but definitely way past its prime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (1972) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle thanks Steve. Pours black with thick tan head. aroma of stale hops and chocolate. taste is coco powder and slight oxidization, roasted coffee too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pailhead (6376) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Courtesy of Awesome Steve

Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, roasted nuts, light sour fruit, and light oxidation. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a minimal beige head. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate and a touch of maple syrup and caramel. The finish has light coffee, nuts, vanilla, and a touch of oxidation. It’s medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlandersNed (393) - , Indiana, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Saved this beer for years - was still holding up well, but has likely peaked, and is slightly past its prime. Glad to get to try it though!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7507) - 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 (6103) - 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 (7014) - 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 (9191) - 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 (2548) - 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.

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