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RATINGS: 753   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.


3.8
   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 (645) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 27, 2004
Poured a deep brown, some red hues. Neligible head. Chocolate roasted malt dominate the aroma. Some notes of alcohol and wine perhaps. Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy. Roasted malt, coffee, some chocolate notes. Hops linger in the finish.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2004
i loved the choclately/coffee aroma and smooth, sweat, cream taste. this one had everything i love in a good beer... if only it was this easy to find a good man...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2090) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2004
complex malty and hoppy, this imp stout does it all. pours dark as coal, with a small tan colored head. smells roasty, chocolatey, and like coffee. taste is sweet smooth and creamy, an excellent beer for chocolate. this is one i held on to for a little bit, but i had to drink it. finishes kind of dry, very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2625) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Exceedingly full, complex and malty aroma, roasty and measurably sweet, with notes of semi-sweet chocolate, dark coffee, plum, black cherry, molasses, vanilla, faint smoke, loamy earth and a hint of medicinal alcohol. Fittingly solid ebony color with a fine, slight head. Flavor begins with some roasty grain and cocoa, turning lightly tangy and bittersweet, with a coffeeish, nutty, creamy, lengthy and warming finish. Lingering dark chocolate heaviness. Quite full-bodied, mouthfeel is thick and lightly syrupy. A quality offering.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2004
Dark redbrown colour. Malty aroma with tones of nuts, coffee and chocolate. Some acidity. Malty sweet flavor with coffee and pointy bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Wow another winner with the moylans! Dark dark with a medium tan head that is medium lasting. The nose and taste are both chocoallty and just your typical stout feel to it. The taste is roasted but not in a bad way. Check this one out too.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Stout, Stout, knock yourself out! Good stuff. Opaque black with nice tan head. Familiar coffee/chocolate stout aroma. Full and rich in the mouth. Flavor of roasted coffee infused with dark chocolate. My kind of drink.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2004
Dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, candied fruits and roasted grains. Flavour is chocolate coffee and currants. Alcohol is very present in the finish.


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