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RATINGS: 347   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Brewed in the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Strong, chocolatety and aggressively hopped with finest English hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2005
22 ounce bottle. Black pour with a creamy tan head. Good lacing. Aroma had dark fruits, milk chocolate, roasted coffee and espresso, bourbon and dark chocolate. Taste was sour as someone else said with a nice espresso mouthfeel. I really liked this beer, but it is not the best Impy Stout Iíve had by any means.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3376) - Henrietta, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2008 [bottle - 22 oz] Black oily pour with a thick and creamy tan head. Looks very thick. Very intense aroma of dark fruits, malt, alcohol and some roastiness. The flavor is lots of roasted malts with hints of coffee, chocolate, dark cherries and some alcohol. It gets stronger but surprisingly more smooth as it warms. Slightly bitter but fruity aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sregnar35 (952) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2005
This is a really good impy stout. Itís got a somewhat sour flavor that was nice and a fairly creamy feel to it. Aroma was coffee and dark chocolate and the taste was similar and a bit sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2335) - California, USA - OCT 15, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2006 Bottle: Black pour, nice sized head. Beautiful lacing on the glass. Huge malty aroma - soy, chocolate, caramel, some roast and coffee. Not bad, came off as a weaker version of Stoneís Imperial Stout. Alcohol was hidden well. Finished slightly bitter, but not nearly as bitter as many stouts Iíve had. For the price ($4 for a bomber) this was very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2005 On tap, 9/17/2005 at Redbones. Can I just say, "What OldGrowth said."? Probably not. But thatís pretty much word for word how I see it. Mostly black with some very deep chestnut brown tinges on the sides. Seemingly opaque out of the keg, with a small, foamy beige head, poorly retained, little to no lacing. Aroma of fruity, green, fresh, bitter hops. Leafy and juicy, they are quite inviting. A bit of smoke, anise, dark fruits (prunes, raisins, blackberries, grapes) in the nose. Very fruity, all told, with some graham crackers, moderate roast and sweet toffee. Flavor starts out very bitter, bitter from black malt and from the fresh hops. Some floral notes, juicy (but very bitter) fruits and low on the citrus, thank god. Charred smoked salmon anyone? Maybe not salmon, but charred wood/cedar smoke in there for sure. Caramel and toffee sweetness, a bit of grittiness to the texture is pleasing, but the body is mostly pretty oily and viscous, with very low carbonation. Respectable enough stuff, not too much of any one thing, though I could do with a little less hops bitterness. Moderate acidity grows on the palate. Flavorful and a medium-full to full body, that is fairly substantial. Alcohol well-concealed. I wonder if they will filter the bottles that are coming out soon? Probably.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2617) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2005
Tap @ Horseshoe Pub. Good nose, Malty. Viney, prunes, molasses, anise, coffee, caramel. Blackish brown color, good head that faded to a ring. Biiter flavors. Like aroma, viney thing dominated. Thicker body, creamy, oily, viscous mouthfeel, bitter finish. Nice brew, Thanks JGS1 for the tip.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 24, 2005
Thanks to shippos for sending me a growler of this goodness. Seems they donít bottle it, but they should. It pours an extremely dark color with a small head that fades quickly, but leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Pours sort of like dirty motor oil - very thick, very dark. Nice. The aroma is very nice as well. Lots of dark, sweet malts with molasses. The flavor is right on with this one. Lots of roasted malts. Lots of chocolate notes. Quite a bit of coffee. Very thick and complex. Love the flavor here. Some alcohol is present in the flavor, but itís well masked. One of the better/best Impy Stouts Iíve had. Mouthfeel is pretty thick - big on the body. Drinkability is very good. Wonderful beer here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 4, 2005
this was the last beer i had at the beer house...after trying to drink as many beers in about a thirty minute time, it started to catch up to me....so my rate may be a bit asque...and im not going to talk with a brogg just because i had bit of the dragons breath, mates. it came to me with a dark syrupy stare and had the nose of coffee, flee socks, and sweet rock candy sugar. it stood far away but the flavor was quit aparent alcohol that was in your face, espresso, choc malt, slow sipping beer. iím gonna get me a wench next.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (8405) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2005
smooth. Very dark, and courtesy of the sample room of the brewery, with Marcus my host. The bottle version is filtered more finely. Coffee, roasted malts, some acidity,creamy chocolately mouthfeel,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 22, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2006 Extremely generous 20 oz pour (draft) for $4! at The Blue Tusk in Syracuse.

Gather round, ye young uns aní Iíll tell ye the tale oí oneía me proudest moments...the slayiní oí the Black Dragon of Syracuse. Now, yeíve probly heard nought of this great monster, seeing as how he hath been denigrated, underservingly mind ye, as one oí thí lesser oí the Great Black Wyrms of Stoutland. Aní so as I climbed up to his cave in the far reaches oí the Blue Tusk Hills, I was filled with confidence far beyond yer ken, for I had slain many aí great lizard oí that type in me younger days, aní the brashness oí youth had nowt left me yet. I climbed the treacherous slippery rocks and after an eternity espied the villainous cretur down his foul wyrm-hole. Black he were, as midnight, and luminous his white crown (for in those days the great worms apparreled themselves at times as men)..sparkly and beautiful he was, and huge and terrifying. His breath as I charged him full on (thinking as I did that he were weaker than others of his kin) was powerful, sweet and succulent cocoa powder and vanilla with fiery wisps of anise...I knew before ere my sword pierced his ebon hide that he were an honest foe, and we battled endlessly it seemed, jousting in the fullness of his chocolate majesty, great gouts of bitter coffee spewing forth from that luscious hide, sour bing cherries erupting from his vitals as I pierced him to the death, decadent old port reviving my famished lips as I lay spent from the battle, bitter bakerís chocolate filling his giant evil old heart as I tore eagerly at it (for thou knowest I suspect that the heart of an old worm can grant eternal life? or the most horrible of deaths, a risk I took joyously...), juicy dark smoky pine needles bursting forth at the very end as his body was consumed in the fires of Hell....I dare say Iíve nought seen his like before, and tiring and dangerous though that battle were, Iíd face the old wyrm again on the morrow, joyously. Hear me know and believe me later, my poor lads, this was the real thing.

Note (Jan 2006) this is vastly better IMHO on tap; had it again at the Blue Tusk this Xmas and was not disappointed, but the 22 oz bottle I shared with ClarkVV in the fall doesnít come nearly up to par, somewhat watery and flimsy though still nicely roasty and balanced. Bottled about a 4-4.2

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