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Brewed by Pink Elephant
Style: Imperial Stout
Blenheim, Malborough, New Zealand
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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.94/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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This style of stout was originally brewed in England for the Imperial Russian Court from the 1760s untill World War 1. A seriously powerful malty, chocolaty, smoky and bitter beer. Great with a real stilton cheese.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - APR 11, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2009 Bottle from Regionals, Wellington. Vintage 2008. Bottled shared with Stew & Chris. Pours pitch black with a creamy dark brown head. Looks great in the glass. Roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate, caramel, prunes, licorice and a hint of smoke. Smooth mouthfeel and more chocolaty maltiness in the finish. Miles ahead of the bottle I had earlier in the year. This one has great aging potential...will keep a bottle for this very reason.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DuffMan (6738) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 29, 2009
Bottle, 2007 vintage. I approached this with modest expectations, and was completely blown away! This beer pours a thick, heavy motor oil black. Initially it appears still, then after a second or two, a dark red-brown head ominously roils its way to the surface and forms a dense crown. It looks perfect. Rich complex aromas and flavours flood the senses: figs, plums, sour cherries, leather, dark bitter chocolate, and pipe tobacco, along with more minor notes of coffee, charred wood, and anise are complimented by a heavy velour mouthfeel and a slightly tart acidity. Absolutely fantastic! Among the best of the impies I’ve had for sheer complexity and character. This isn’t just a head-on collision with high alcohol and bitter coffee roast, which tend to form the foundation of many imperial stouts. It is much more than that, and sublimely enjoyable in my opinion! The best kiwi beer that I have yet tried (and that is just shy of 100 at this point).

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SorenE (168) - , NEW ZEALAND - MAR 20, 2009
330 ml bottle 2008 vintage, courtesy of Roger Pink himself. Pours completely and utter black with a dark head. Prunes and smokey burnt malts on the nose. Taste is treacle, burnt bitter chocolate and malt sweetness. Bitterness is high, but in my opinion spot on. Medium and very appropriate carbonation. A bit of age might mellow this out but to me this is great as it is.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alasdair (76) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 16, 2009
2007 vintage. My wife’s comment: "goodness gracious!. But she picked up smoky, burnt plum flavours, and nail polish on the nose. Lots of bitterness too. Could do with a touch more sweetness to balance the tartness, bitterness, and roast.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2009
Bottle 33 cl. Pours completely opaque black with a small light brown head. Distinct aroma of tar and salty cordage. Medium-bodied with a low carbonation, burned malts and tar and an underlying tartness. Ends on a burned, malty bitter note. 010209

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (31178) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2009
From bottle, blindtasting #19. Pours pitch black with a fully gone head. Wineous, hardroasted malty aroma and tar note. Mild acidic and hardroasted malty flavoured. thick and oily. Mild hoppy note to a solid hardroasted malt, smoke and tar. Lovely body.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2008
The 2006 Vintage. Good on Mr Pink for cracking out a commercial Impy stout! Pours the blackest black with a really dark tan head that surprised me, looks really inviting! It’s light, fruity and slightly winey on the nose there’s no warning to what is to follow! Enormous flavours of coffee, smoke, chocolate followed by a really bitter finish! great flavours, palate was a surprise i guess it has thinned out a lot! a great beer but i like mine better!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 5, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2009 2008 batch #1 bottle #37. Pours pitch black, black head! Aromas of burnt malt, chocolate and dark fruit. Flavour is very full. Strong smoky burnt malts, chocolate and prune sweetness off setting the strong roast malt bitterness. Wow, what a stout. Or stowt. Beautifully complex, incredibly strong and robust. A benchmark for imperial stouts.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jimthechap (1647) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 1, 2008
GIVE ME MORE! This beer is a favourite amongst myself and the Denny Cranes. We taste beer regularly and salute the brewing genius that is Roger Pink. This beer is dense, chocolately and the epitomy of what is to be appreciated as the Imperial Russian Stout Style. I’d knight you if I could Roger.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2008
Bottle 1135. It was with some unnecceessary surprise that I glug glugged this from the bottle. Initiial dark and swampy apprearance with an expreeso crema head. It has an oily nose and port like presence. The mouthfeel is beeeeeg with some degree of tang that detracts from the fullness of body, I guess you could say it is somewhat trunkated. There is evidence of the plum pudding flavours that pachyderm a collective punch. Another elephant to lie down for a while but never forget.


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