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RATINGS: 3629   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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A rich, intense brew with a robust palate, a fruity nose and a warming finish. Very complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mribm (450) - Hurley, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2003
Aroma: A fresh chocolate smell!
Appearance: Deep dark brown/black with a slight tan head, which faded quickly.
Flavor: Hoppy chocolate soda says it all.
Palate: Thick body with good carbonation and good mouthfeel.
Overall: A great imperial stout. Chocolate followed by hops, which hid the 8.9% ABV very well. A great winter warmer! Also, didn't do too bad as a damp spring day warmer either!!! I will do this beer again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAY 29, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2003 Pours with a commanding flow. It builds a rich, deep mahogany coloured base with a reverse waterfall of bubbles rising into a marvelous head. The head is a beautiful toasted almond colour, healthy in appearance. On the first waft my nose detects hops, molasses and brown sugar. Upon my first mouthful those flavours meld warmly along with thick, lavish tastes of chocolate cream, malt and hints of coffee. The beer is a mouthful, with its thousands of tiny bubbles declaring all available space and taste buds for its own. The 8% alcohol is cleverly hidden in this cornucopia of charmed tastes. Its glorious, extravagant, almost naughty for a beer to be this good. As I drink the beer down about halfway, I hold the remainder up to a light to reveal a dark burgundy, reminiscent of a port wine. The lacing in the glass is the best Iíve ever seen. Nothing is wrong with this beer; it is the best Stout Iíve ever tasted.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
whatusay (20) - San Francisco, USA - MAY 24, 2003
This is such a great imperal stout. Absolutely delicious! Very creamy and sweet with lots of chocolate. I love it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5109) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2003
Thanks to Linc for this bottle. Intensity without integration is my feeling on this one. I always feel a bit uncomfortable drinking a beer that nearly everyone has rated above 4, and that I find should be rated a bit lower. It could be that this beer needs some time to settle down and allow everything to mellow out, but at the moment it's a confused rush of alcohol, tangy carbonation and bitter bitter hops. Colour is nice - chocolate with scarlet depth. Aroma is powerful - chocolate, alcohol fumes and damp, rotting hay. Mouthfeel is syrupy and tangy with the carbonation until that dies down, then it just becomes syrupy. Flavour is chocolate again, and some lactic stout, then roasted barley, then the dry bitterness. The mouth is left with an unpleasant bitter mucus. I then dug out a bottle of Sam Smith's Imperial Stout and compared the two. The Sam Smith's didn't impress me as much as it has done on previous occasions - so maybe it's my mood?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgb9348 (4486) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 20, 2003
I've been waiting for this one for a while...I do like the Imperial Stout style, so we'll see where this one ranks. The colour is black on top, but if you stretch the beer (similar to wine), there is a noticable lighter brown colour near the bottom. The head is nice and thick with a brown colour. The smell is chocolate, roasted and definately malty. The taste is equally as good. It tastes like burnt everything, especially coffee. This is a great imperial stout that should be tried by everyone...as it is somewhat easy to find! I bought this at Chevy Chase Liqour & Wine in Washington, D.C.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2003
rich, coffee taste with a minimal amount of head. very similar to guinness, but perhaps a little better. slight hoppy aftertaste with a warming finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (2381) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2003
Looks great. Dark, dark garnet. Extremely creamy tan head. Sheets of lace. Aroma of coffee, hazelnut, dark chocolate, and spice. Molasses and raisin also become apparent once tasted. Moderately earthy--rustic, even. Just a touch of alcohol warmth. Thick velvety mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Some fruity vinous notes come out in the finish, complimented by moderately strong dark, hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - MAY 5, 2003
im not the hippest on stouts and porters (because of their dessert type nature), but this one seems to be an exception, definitely hides its alcohol content behind its almost perfect flavor, rich, thick, chocolatey, very sweet aroma and flavor

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - MAY 4, 2003
If this beer is 8.9%ABV, it sure hides it well. It pours out a deep reddish-black color, and the hops are evident from the word go, unlike so many other Russian Imperial Stouts. It has a fruit-like character to it, with aromas of raisins, currants, and plums. It has a chocolate middle taste to it, with plenty of warming alcohol tastes as well. It's hard to taste the alcohol, though, as this beer hides it well. It leaves a lingering warmth in the throat & stomach, and a malty sweetness on the palate. The hop aroma is nice when you open the bottle, but it's not overpowering. This beer is one to sip & enjoy on a cold winter evening in front of your fireplace, perhaps with a fine cigar & a good book.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OldGrowth (2478) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2003 Bottle: O.K. nose not as strong as I might have thought, coffee & chocolate come to mind. Nice dark brown color. Bitter creamy chocolate flavor cover the tounge. Rich and thick. You got to love it.

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