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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
Special Release Series. Rich, full bodied and surprisingly smooth, Imperiale Stout has a big roast hit up front, and rich, dark malt flavors balanced with ample hop bitterness to finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Big chocolate aroma. Syrupy and nicely hoppy. Drank very cold. Hops came through with chocolates and some coffee flavors. Consistency is perfect, full but somehow refreshing. The 9% abv abv is very well masked even when cold. Nice crisp and hoppy flavored imperial completely expected from this west coast brewer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hotmailmsn (2) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2015 does not count
despite the imperial stout characteristics, i especially love its bitterness (hoppy)! overall, good beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trooper (8) - La Quinta, California, USA - DEC 8, 2012 does not count
chocolate, coffee, roasty aroma, black, tan foam appearance. Think and solid brew. heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, followed by roasted chocolate with a touch of malt molasses body. full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, This is a tasty high gravity stout. Nice roast through out the excperiance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (21446) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle shared with jackl, thanks! Clear very dark maroon brown color, beige head. Aroma of chocolate and licorice candy. Taste is lightly spiced peppermint, dark cocoa, coffee. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5649) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 3, 2015
This was a pretty solid beer. Beautiful black color with a tan head, this was full-bodied but not too roasty. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ninkasi_1982 (2) - - NOV 18, 2011 does not count
Excellent beer. Taste of sweet nuttiness with a hint of coffee. Very smooth for a 9.1% abv beer. One of the top specialties coming from Ninkasi.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 25, 2014
07-Jan-14 (22-oz bottle, part of Ninkasi Variety 4-Pack: Purchased 12-Dec-11 for $14.99 at BevMo in San Diego/Mira Mesa, CA)
Damn, what a difference two years makes. This has been cellared for two years and compared (almost) back to back with a fresh bottle, and this beer is so much more enjoyable to me. It pours a black body with an inch of tan head that settles to a creamy, unbroken sheet and tall ring, leaving ringed and spotty lacing on the glass. The highly aromatic nose is wonderfully malty, with aromas of buttered toast, toffee, caramel, molasses, chocolate, and prune. Itís just as yummy on the palate too, with delicious flavors of buttered, moderately toasted bread, chocolate, prune, raisin, caramel, maple syrup, and toffee. Itís full bodied but not heavy or syrupy, the carbonation is moderate, and the beer is very smooth and well balanced on the palate. Overall, this is a really nice beer. Iím still not sure itís an Imperial Stout, but comes across more like a strong Foreign Stout. Unless theyíve changed the recipe in the last two years, though, I find this beer to be considerably more enjoyable with some cellaring. (8, 4, 8, 4, 17 = 4.1)

04-Jan-14 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 04-Jan-14 for $5.99 at The Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in San Diego, CA)
This beer pours a dark brown body thatís not opaque except through the center. The tan head pours to about an inch before receding to a wide ring and dusty sheet, leaving spotty lace on the glass. The nose is oddly floral, spicy, and candy-like, with aromas of sweet, almost sugary malt, dark roast, licorice, dried fruit, On the palate, itís big and malty, but doesnít seem to fit the typical Imperial Stout profile. Perhaps thatís the heavy use of hops, giving the beer a floral and herbal character. The malty base is very sweet, with roasty flavors that are moderately bitter. Thereís also a strong flavor of licorice candy. Itís full bodied, but part of the weight seems to come from the sugary. In fact, the sweet to bitter balance tilts decidedly toward the sweet side, so while itís not cloying, itís getting there. Carbonation is light-medium. Overall, this is just an odd Imperial Stout. The fact that Ninkasi doesnít call it an Imperial Stout per se, but a "High Gravity" stout might be telling. Nevertheless, as far as bigger, higher alcohol stouts go, this one is middle of the road at best. (7, 3, 6, 3, 13 = 3.2)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Koskela (505) - Marysville, California, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Nice strong chocolate flavor on this deep choc brown ale with a creme light brown head of tiny bubbles. A strong chocolate flavor stay through out this heavy bodied brew with a nice bitter flavor for the balance. After another sip i notice the burn of alcohol at the tail end of the tasteing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - OCT 8, 2014
22 oz bottle from QFC in Portland, OR. Aroma is malty and smokey, with hints of coffee and ash. Mouthfeel and taste begins creamy and sweet, and finishes slightly dry and astringent. I like the hop/malt balance and fact that the beer hides the high alcohol content very well. As is usual for me, I donít care for the smokiness and dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (4080) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2015
I had been given a bottle of this by a student of mine from Portland, and I let it age for a few years. I opened it at the annual holiday gathering of my closest friends, and it was quite excellent. All of the hop profile that seems to have been a hallmark of this had been softened, and although rich, it isnít as ridiculously thick as some Imperial Stouts--a trait I once adored for which I am now a little less enthusiastic. It may have just been the experience, or the aging, but this was a very nice bottle of beer. Bottle.

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