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

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VAYankee (346) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2004
A smooth easy on the palate brush of roasty malts with chocolate and a warming maltiness. Way too easy to drink which makes it even more desirable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3467) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2004
This pours black with a good maocha colored head that sticks around awhile. Big chocolate aroma with roast barley undertones. Sweetness provides the foundation for the flavors of chocolate and coffee that come next. The flavors that contributed to the main flavor profile continue right through the finish. A very nice Stout, not quite as bold as some Imperials but very well craftedand extremely enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6557) - 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!

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

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