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RATINGS: 770   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
shaeffbser (70) - Vail, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2003
dark stout body. Chocolate and coffee aroma. malty, coffee, chocolate and strong alcohol. palate is super, thick, light carbonation, with an aftertaste taste just like you just took a shot.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - MAY 24, 2003
Not quite as good as Rasputin, but close. This one is a little sweeter, creamier, and a little easier to drink. Taste cocoa and raison. Nice lace on glass. Surprisingly good. Will buy again as a good alternative to Rasputin

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11963) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 20, 2003
Red black body topped by a small, creamy tan head. Aroma is malty -- chocolate, roasty and coffee, complemented with a bit of cherry/raisin fruitiness. Taste is strong cocoa, along with coffee and some raisin. Swallow is coffee bitter and mild alcohol burn. Leaves a nice warming sensation from the alcohol. A creamy, big-bodied beer, worthy of its style.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2003
Like my man Randy from AI always says..."whats up dawg...you did good...not great...you did your thing...very nice" OK OK. My wife makes me watch it! ;-) This beer had all the usual suspects of an Imperial. Coffee, Chocolate, and I even detected some dark fruits for good measure. I didn't think it was too sweet, but actually thought it was just right for my tastebuds. Whatever. Worth trying if you have never had it, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsquire (3693) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2003
Very faint red hues when held to the light with a foamy brown head and a sweet grain nose. Sweet taste of refined sugar with a grainy bight to it. It feels a little thin for an imperial, especially a 10% imperial. An okay beer, but there are so many better out there.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCW (1276) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2003
I didn't care much for this one. Very much on the sweet side. Dark color. Aroma of malt and roasted coffee. I thought the flavor was a little overwhelm by the sweetness. Sweet finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2003
Smokey color, smokey smell, smokey taste,...blah blah blah uninteresting...................................

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2592) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 20, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2003 Rating #1 - Bottle (7 4 8 4 17). Black color with a foam and bubbly brown head. A semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, dark fruit (cherry, raisin, plums) and alcohol aroma. Very smooth with a nice chalky bitterness on the palate. As it warms the flavors come alive. Rating #2 (8 4 7 4 17) - Bottle. Black in color with a creamy brown head. A strong chocolate and raisin aroma. The flavor has a nice dark fruit liquor with a malty chocolate element. The alcohol is very evident although expressed through spiked dark chocolate and fruits rather than just a harsh burning alcohol flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2003
This beer poured as black as sin and formed a huge foamy medium tan head that coated the glass with lace as it slowly, and I mean slowly, subsided. An aroma of malt, chocolate and coffee. A flavor of malt, chocolate, expresso and raisins. A slightly burnt aspect to the finish with a somewhat light finish. A very nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - APR 9, 2003
full on alcohol aroma with roasted/sweet notes, dark black with a thin head, strong sweet and powerful then a hoppy choclate finish, a tad too hopped up on the finish


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