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RATINGS: 3631   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 18, 2002
UPDATED: APR 7, 2004 7/18/02: An excellent imperial stout. Pours thick and black. A rich and intense brew with a robust palate. Strong tones of roast coffee and burnt chocolate. I like the hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2002
Very dark and oily. Quite good. My palate got a bit numb towards the end, so the complexity went out the window.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
anticop (79) - Porterville, California, USA - JUL 16, 2002
O YEAH!, I relly like this beer, thick and brown, with a great aroma, i love that chocolate taste. complex beer thats good to the last drop. YUM!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2570) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 15, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2011 Malty, fruity, roasted aroma. Very dark red-brown color. Yep, itís an Imperial, all right. The aroma is mouth-watering, but itís not quite as there as I want it to be. The flavor, on the hand, totally nails it. Bam! Oh, my Lord. The balance between the exquisite yet intense malt flavors and the hoppiness is unreal. Sweetness is almost immediately tempered by the roasty yet fruity character and the subtle but insistent hoppiness. The finish shows the most hop, with the aftertaste leaving a roasty, malty deliciousness on the palate. Not as intense as some other American micro Imperials, but thatís okay, thereís something to be said about the blending of elements here. Itís fantastic. One of my all-time favorite beers. Just this whole concept, the name, the beer, the label... I hope I get some more of this before it gets colder out. Cheers, John!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rich42 (128) - USA - JUL 14, 2002
rah rah Rasputin lover of the Russian queen... this is a most impressive brew - pitch black, flavors of alchohol and chocolate... very little bitterness... thick and milky... only second to Stoneís Imperial Russian Stout... oh those Russians...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cathcacr (630) - Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2005 Upgrade March í05. Superb, just superb. Definitely greater smoky character on this than the other samples of great Impys Iíve had as of late. Certainly complexity going on, when the smokiness is countered by tartness in the finish. Unimpeachable appearance, and aroma is indicative of whatís in the flavor. Even the mouthfeel seems to balance thickness with lightness. An expertly crafted beverage for expert entusiasts.

Iím now somewhat more familiar with the kinds of Imperial Stouts out there, ranging so far from a Sam Smithís to a Bellís Expedition. This is more similar to a Bellís Expedition (but I love Sam Smithís more at this point). That was my thought at first, anyway. This doesnít quite have the all-around robustness of a Bellís Expedition, though. But by the same token, the Bellís Expedition is more overpowering and hence is more limited in its drinkability than this. This is pretty excellent stuff even if not quite the eccentric masterpiece that Bellís Expedition is. Aroma is pretty mild by comparison. Like Bellís, the alcohol comes in rather overpowering and noticeable in the bite in the throat upon swallowing it. I donít get the kind of complexity as in Bellís (is it apparent yet that Iím judging the quality by the standard of Bellís?), though the mouthfeel provides a similar kind of silkiness before that throat bite kicks in (this is how they both differ from Sam Smithís). I have íImperial Stoutí entered as my favorite style, but they differ enough that now I dunno for sure. If not Imperials, then (well-done) Doppelbocks are my faves, so maybe that gives some idea where Iím coming from.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2002
Solid strong stout. Pours thick and black like a good ip should. At 8.9% the alcohol is masked very well with strong tones of roast coffee and burnt chocolate, taste goes on forever. Great beer for a cold night in a nice dark pub.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2002
Really good stuff. Very complex maltiness masks the alcohol a bit. Moderate bitterness to boot. Very thick and syrupy on the palate - like drinking molasses. The bottle I tried had almost no head to speak of. The label is also cool - Iím not sure why.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2002
A fantastic stout. Alcohol is well hidden. Flavors just seem to roll on forever. Finished well as I donít like sweet. One could drink damaging amouts of this. Hmm.. Gives me an idea, 3 - 4 - 5?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trappist12 (200) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 11, 2002
As far as imperials go, this is a good beer. But after having Bellís Expedition stout, everything else seems inferior.

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