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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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Opaque with good creamy head and very good lacing. The aroma has large chocolate and caramel tones, burnt and smoky malts, ripe fruits (currents, raisin, mango), and a sherry vinous tone. The taste is just like a chocolate malt initially then a bold fruity component kick in providing both twang and depth. Espresso and bitterness is detected more towards the finish until being overcome by the Sherry barrel nature. Sticky, chewy full-bodied brew with a minimal warming effect, more than a mouthfeel. A fine sipping brew, it's like a huge sweet stout that has a fruity presence and smoky qualities running through it. Neat!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Nice black color,small head that faded quickly leaving little behind.The aroma was malty and roasted with a hint of chocolate and coffee.The flavor was roasty with a decent chocolate and coffe flavor hints of raisin and something else that i can't describe.The alcohol manages to stay fairly well hidden with just a few instances where it pops up.A very nice brew much better then the Tipperary.Well worth getting a few more for later.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2003
Roasted malty aroma. Black color with little head. Light coffe taste with dried fruit finish. Initial alcohol taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Musty, leathery, malty aroma with trailing of smoke. Small head with good lacing. Flavor is complex but somewhat unbalanced. Toffee, malt and nutty almost chewy flavor that runs the gamete of tastes. Running bitter espresso, sour black cherries, malt and alcohol with a strong bitter sweet chocolate after taste. The flavors change with the temperature of the brew, actually getting better once the initial variations and unbalanced flavor settles, but only somewhat. Rich mouth feel with alcohol warming. A good Imperial Stout but lacks balance, maybe some aging would assist this brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2003
Dark black with virtually no light getting through. Full, tan head. Aroma of subtlely roasted malt, chocolate and only a touch of coffee. Super chocolately flavor with some nice residual malty sweetness. Very smooth and pleasing on the mouth to drink. Not the biggest or over the top Imperial Stout, but just damn enjoyable. Much like hopscotch says, once you get past what this is supposed to and look at what it is, this is a beautiful beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rogueman (19) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2003
Good smell, chocolate and espresso is a good description. Tastes like smooth chocolate. with a bite. Dark brown, good lace, not much head for a stout. I really like this beer. FOr the Price, a really good purchase.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9556) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2004 Dark brown ale with a creamy, well-tanned head. Good lacework. Coffee, chocolate, buttermilk, charred wood, dried plum and alcohol in the aroma and flavor. Well-bittered. Full-bodied with a gritty, astringent mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Lengthy, bitter-sweet, then bone dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2763) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Bottle: Finally a bottle from Moylans that didn't foam over, anyway... Sherri/soyish/High ABV/lite bakers chocolate in the nose. Dark brown, hazy, little to no head. Bitter chocolate, portish. Dryish velvety sweet. Very warming. Tasty, but maybe too high alcohol versus the flavors.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2003
The beer pours a deep walnut brown with ruby high lights, the head intermediate in size, frothy in texture and a light to medium tan color, the lace forms a glutinous sheet to smother the glass. Big alcohol aroma at the front, backed by roasted grains and a molasses like or syrupy sweetness, fresh and clean, start is cloyingly sweet, lots of malt, top is middling in its feel. Finish has a burned grain bitterness, hops are present but rather mild, or maybe the alcohol just overwhelms them, carbonation is mild to moderate, with the aftertaste sweet and slightly bitter with a nice belly warming sensation, not the worst I’ve ever tasted, but certainly nowhere near the best.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2003
deep cigar browns of maduro tobacco-- or-- the dark browns of turds from big healthy grain-fed mules. no pretence of black as in the mainstream imperials, which tend to mimic unrefined fossil fuels--this one is harboring illicit ruby tones, which is fine for a doppel bock, but visually challenging for a pressumed imperial. the head sizzled itself into a faint etching of filigreed spirals. burn equal parts molasses and brown sugar on a fireplace poker and then quickly douse it in your tumbler of bourbon and you'll approximate the aroma. heavy raisin malts, sweet-- the carbonation rides a texture solid enough in body to seem creamy rather than watery. there is bitterness, but it nudges rather than bites. it's true that the alcoholic component is strong enough to blur the occular resolution of fine details in my visual environment, but i still feel i'm looking at --and tasting --a strong dopplebock.


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