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RATINGS: 743   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Black with a thick small-bubbled tan head. Coffee, burnt chocolate aroma, and many types of dark fruits, all floating on top of malty alcohol. Oily mouthfeel, starts sweet and ends a little less sweet with a long aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAR 11, 2004
Opaque, however there is some mahogany and brown to its look. Very small light brown head. Smells of caramel, chocolate and roasted coffee hops. Creamy, silky mouth-feel, chocolate and roasted malt flavors, tons of roasted coffee. More of a really good sweet stout with extra alcohol. This is not in the IS class in my opinion. Shared from a 750ml bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Vienna, VA

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5053) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2004
Pours dark brown to almost black. Almost no head on mine, but I kind of poured it that way. The nose is rich. Molasses, ripe fruit, alcohol and maybe tobacco and espresso. NICE! Taste is more of the same. Rich with more molasses and alcohol along with some fruit and espresso. It's a tad thinner than expected, but I imagine this would be nice after aging a year or so. Very smooth , velvety mouthfeel and finish. Great beer!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 17, 2004
Massive, huge, gigantic bold beer. Pours dark and thick with a minimal dark brown head. Heavy roasted coffee and dark chocolate flavors with some overripe plums and prunes in there too. Finish was hoppy and slightly bitter. This is a beast of an Imperial.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 7, 2004
UPDATED: APR 1, 2007 This imperial stout pours with a darkbrown to black body topped by a thick, tan, lasting head with good lacing left behind. The aroma is sweet, chocolatey and malty with a slight roastiness and a hint of cream. The flavor is sweet creamy and malty with a nice chocolatey roastiness and a hint of licorice bitterness as well as a slight sourness. Full bodied and creamy smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Bottle. This is a good one. Pours brown, thick and viscous with a small tan head that diminishes fairly quickly. Aroma is rich and heavy, dark sweet fruity smells dominate - concentrated prune and raisin juice, coffee and alcohol. Flavor is sweet and rich, chocolate, espresso, tart fruitiness and the warmth of alcohol with a lingering sweetly astringent finish. Thick body and little carbonation. Very enjoyable.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2004
Distinctive, resiny, estery, earth, raisins, dark plums, berries in the aroma. Ruby brown with thin tan head. Coffee, chocolate covered berries with a pleasing roastiness. Excellent balance. Bitterness is perfectly restrained. Very estery. Slightly sticky. Mouthfeel medium-full. Refreshingly light but satisfyingly full. This one is all about balance. Bottle. Blind tasting #8.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 17, 2004
had this on tap in novato: creamy beutiful head and nice black, you cant see through this, color. into the nose with a whisp of coffee and choc. warm in the belly for a cold winter nite. must be the alcohol. i recomend trying this one. okay....

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Black with a thin tan head. Chocolate and roasted malt aroma,coffee with dark fruit.Creamy mouthfeel and a warming alcohol flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2004
Pours black with a very small tan head. Strong sweet aroma of cocoa and currants with a hint of roasted malt. Starts out with flavor of chocolate malt, faint coffee and a mild fruitiness. Aftertaste slowly builds to a slightly smokey, full dry roasted malt and a mild espresso flavor.


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