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RATINGS: 805   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6375) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2005 Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc, tupalev - courtesy of yours truly. Poured opaque black with a large lasting light brown pancake batter head. Aroma deep almost burnt chocolate malt, plenty of hops some tart current juice and a hint of cream. Taste is very mellow - rich coffee with a touch of dark chocolate - hops and bitterness builds as it warms, actually tastes creamy - mouthfeel solid body, very creamy, long linger, fairly balanced - solid Imperial Stout - 10%? No way!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 13, 2005
22oz from fordest. Pours a black color with a light brown color. Nose is roast with coffee and chocolate. Taste is roasty chocolate and coffe, some malty notes, a very smooth finish to this beer.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2005
22oz. bottle. Opaque black with a thin film of tan head. Heavy raisin and sherry sweetness in the aroma with tinges of coffee. Roast malt pantina over currents and figs. Some bitter chocolate and coffee notes in the finish. Mouthfeel is heavy and lusterous.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13459) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Bomber bottle. Poured a black color with a large creamy light brown head that diminished slowly that produced good lacing. Good fruity sweet coffe aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth rich texture. Full complex coffee and bitter chocolate flavor with a long pleasing finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Padron4KM (799) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2005
22 oz bottle. Busy label but no freshness date found.
Dark brown in color, ruby on the edges. Coffee colored head. Sheets of lace and alcohol coat the glass.
Aroma is sweet, dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malt.
Flavor is sweet, lactose, sugar, with some chocolate and bitter coffee. warming alcohol. good stuff

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Poured a dark brown color with a ruby tint and light tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, some alcohol and then some dark fruits began to show. Lastly came some chocolate. Flavor was chocolatey with some acidic hop flavors. Semi-dry with a bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2005
Black with brown highlights and a thin tan head. Roasted malt aroma with some floral notes, dark caramel, leather and cocoa. Huge body with a slick but dusty mouthfeel. Somewhat tart and lactic front flavors moving into char, expresso and vanilla and finishing bitter. Quite nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (7303) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2005
Sonoma wine Exchange, Sonoma, Ca. - 22 oz bomber. Enjoyed this while looking out my hotel’s 17th story window overlooking downton San Francisco. Dark brown to black pour, slightly thin - can see the light through it. Medium thick mocha colored pour. Aroma has a slight touch of soy sacue with some underlying coffee. Flavor is bittersweet chocolate, day old coffee with some licorice to sweeten it up. Mouthfeel is decently thick, not really creamy though. Very decent Imperial Stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Translucent, dark burgundy body with an ample, uniform, slowly-receding tan head. Aroma is a bit hot but includes dark bittersweet chocolate, blackberries, rum raisin, and caramel. Flavor has notes of tobacco, anise, chocolate, black coffee, and some sherry character from light oxidation. Medium-high sweetness balanced by spicy alcohol and medium bitterness. Not overly dextrinous, but good texture and some lively carbonation on the tongue. A nice, distinct impy. Latent thanks to TannerTavernboys.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2435) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2005
22 oz. bottle. The head on this dark dark brown pour was so small, that I wasn’t sure if it was even carbonated. The second pour I got a little more wild and made myself some foam. Wonderful chocolate coffee aromas. Molassas and toffee all the way through. Flavors were choloclate malt and coffee with just a touch of aclohol that was otherwise pretty well masked. Roasty and a slightly heated finish. Nice brew.


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