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RATINGS: 789   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Chocolate truffles, cocoa, espresso coffee, burnt currants, the sweetness of a sherry - all come to mind when enjoying an Imperial Stout. A rich porter of English origin brewed to withstand the long voyage from London to Czarist Russia. The classic "Winter Warmer". Big, Strong, Malty Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Dark burgundy with a frothy tan head. Very sprightly nose; fragrantly fruity and yeasty. Creamy, milkshake-like mouthfeel was awesome. Notes of milk chocolate and dark toast. Kind of musty. Fruity aromas in the background. Rich and tasty ... except for a little dish rag. Dryish, bitter and slightly burnt finish. Overall, pretty tasty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2005
22oz bomber - Pours deep brown with a fluffy tan head that laces the glass and sticks around. Aroma is of baking chocolate and a touch of coffee. Flavor is coffee, molasses and a touch of that bitter chocolate to finish it off. The chocolate lingers a bit after each swallow. On the palate this is thick but not as thick as other Imperials that I have had.. It finishes a little dry and the alcohol warming can be felt after each sip. Quite creamy and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Pours a very dark borwn, small off white head. Aroma of bitter chocolate. Flavor is full of more chocolate, roasty malt. One dimensional flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Bottle shared by Blake. Black body, thick tan head. Molassesy dark malted aroma. Super mouthfeel! Rich and not much carbonation. Sweet rich coffee / molasses flavor with warming alcohol tha fits well. Dark chocolate finish. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Poured from a bomber. It pours to a rocky brown medium thickness fully lasting head with good lacing. Looks kinda watery, however. The aroma is dark chocolates and coffee, not very complex. The flavor is hugely roasted. Chocolates, coffee, light alcohol, hidden fruit, creamy goodness. The palate is BEAUTIFUL. Rich, full, creamy. I recommend getting this one. Itís very good for what it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2005
pours a dark black w/ a nice thick tanhead w/ mild lacing. Beer gives off a heavy aroma. smells like beer says dave. Scent is a big roasted chocolate malt and a light grass scent. Palate is full bodied rich and creamy lightly warm. Flavor is roasted malt a nice mocha sweet malt light coffee hints of alcohol and a tiny touch of bitterness. Somedang good stuf, thanks for sharing blake.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (7034) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, fully lasting. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel, roasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin), with notes of alcohol, walnut, dish rag. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Finish moderately sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Full body, creamy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Luscious and creamy, if slightly abrasive, in the mouth. Alcohol shows in the finish, but isnít too out of place. A bit too much hops in the nose for my liking, and thereís a musty dish rag like smell going on in there too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 29, 2005
(22 oz bottle: $3.99 at BevMo in La Jolla, CA) A very good, but not elite Imperial Stout, itís very drinkable, perhaps too drinkable for a bomber of 10% ABV beer. The fairly sweet, moderately roasty malt is the prevalent flavor up front, the finish shows a strong, dominant, toasty and earthy maltiness, and the moderate bitterness is pretty consistent from start to finish. As alluded to in my opening sentence, the alcohol is extremely well hidden. I think the robustness of the flavor and viscosity of the body (medium-to-full) are about average for Imperial Stouts. The expected dark roasted nose was, in reality, mostly just sweet and malty. The beer is opaque and black in color, but dark ruddy brown along the edges. Sizeable, creamy light tan head during the pour has good retention with some rings of lacing. Definitely something Iíd buy just to have around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6144) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Bottle: Lots of dark chocolate and black coffee in the aroma. Alcohol is barely detectable. Pours a dark brown with some orange hilights near the bottom edges of the glass. Very malty up front with lots of chocolate and a touch of vanilla. Light caramel lingers in the background slightly. Roasted coffee finish with moderate hops and no alcohol detectable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrDick (353) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 17, 2005
I hold this glass of motor oil in front of a lamp and no light escapes through itís black heart. Fumes of roasted coffee drift from the darkness. Nice balance of coffee and cocoa. Lingering light plum/cherry flavors. Quite drinkable for an imperial stout. Iíll have to grab a few bottles and store.

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