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RATINGS: 761   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2004
22oz Bomber. The poured a very dark brown to black color with a thin brown head with minimal retention. Aroma is mainly of a roasted coffee and chocolate malt scent with not much else going on. Typical imperial stout taste here with dark chocolate flavors and roasted coffee and hops bringing up the rear. There is a nice bitter aftertaste but no alcohol to be found anywhere in the smell or taste. Pretty good mouthfeel but this one is a little thin. Overall a decent imperial stout that is worth a try if you come across it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2004
Black color with a very thin head. Aroma of molasses, roasted malt and alcohol. Flavor of molasses, roasted malt and alcohol with a bitter finish. Vinous texture, light to medium body, medium carbonation. It’s good but I had higher expecations regarding this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Dark Brown. A pleasant aroma of mainly malt (caramel, chocolate and coffee), subtle aromatic hops, and a hint of fruit, mainly raisins. Tastes like an Imperia Stout ought to taste. Big, rich, full malts take over providing notes of roasted and burnt grain, chocolate, coffee, caramel and burnt fruits. A note of sherry is noticable on the finish. Quite flavorful, but lacking a full body and texture.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Ebony,black and I mean black.Little layer of dark tan head.Nose?Figure your sitting in the kitchen of Godiva Chocolatiers.Expresso,dark fruits,chocolate and molasses.You want to cheat your tastebuds out of this and sniff it all night.Flavors were just as inviting as the aromas,all the above forementioned rolling over the tongue in symbionism(sp).Body is thick and laden with deliciousness and alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 17, 2004
Pours a dark almost pitch black color. Aroma is roated with a little bit of chocolate as well. Maybe a little alcohol too. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is of roasted malts and sweet chocolate. Finish has a bit of an alcoholic kick. Pretty tasty. A little too much alcohol present though.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5409) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2004
GABF2004... Jack Daniels Whiskey Barrel version... Poured an opaque black color with a light tan head and light lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast, nuts, chocolate and bourbon. And the taste was roast, strong bourbon notes, and a light bitterness. A found this too thin for an Impy.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2638) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 21, 2004
Not diggin this one a whole lot. A bit too sweet yet thin. A good chocolate, coffee, dark fruit flavor. Standard issue stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1787) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 17, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2007 woah!i bit to syrupy for me.maybe i was expecting something else when i drank it.im not saying its bad but ya really got to be in the mood for something strong and sweet when ya drink this one. re-rate.i think my palate has adjusted to this type of brew.i really enjoyed it alot more this time around.nice thick mouthfeel with flavors of malts,smoke,and chocolate.RE-RATE ON 11/24/07.once again this beers surprises me.i think ill up its rating once again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2004
Pours with a dense rich frothy brown head when sufficiently roused. The prodigious head sits atop a beer that is black as a moonless midnight. The aroma is rich and inviting with rich notes of coffee, roasted malt, grain husks, port, roasted raisins and figs.

The taste is quite rich as well, I get notes of chocolate, espresso, roasted raisins, and a hint of sherry. It is not as sweet tasting as some examples, though in its hearty thick-bodied palate it does have some sweetness. The preponderance of dark malt serves as a nice foil to the malty sweetness such that it does not dominated this beer. This really has such a smooth creamy mouth feel to it. The finish of this beer is at first sweet, perhaps from some hop flavor, but then moves to a dry subtle astringency that is made up of hop bitterness and dark malt character.

This is a well crafted Imperial Stout, it really strikes a nice balance of malt flavors and bitterness. It definitely leans toward dark malt flavors but it is not so much that there is a lot of overwhelming burnt flavors and astringency. Like the Double IPA it seems to be lacking just a little something and it seems to fade a bit too much over time, but again I am really going to enjoy finishing this bottle off.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
skaughty (647) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2004
This is one of the few of its style that doesn’t choose coffee or chocolate - it has elements of both. Flavor is also nutty with almost a milk-like mouthfeel. A little syrupy and sugary - but I’m not complaining.


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