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RATINGS: 1103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Everything but the kitchen sink…Great Western Premium Two Row, Wheat, Carvienne, Caramunich, 95-115, 135-165L Crystal Malts, Chocolate, Roasted and Black Barley and Pale Chocolate. We also add some Brown Sugar and some Dark Belgian Candi Sugar to boost the Original Gravity. The beer is hopped with East Kent Goldings, Mt. Hood, Liberty, and Challenger. It is unfiltered with an OG of 1.094 and 10.0% ABV. Proprietary Ale Yeast.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (860) - - MAY 25, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 3-28-12 - Served in a 10 oz chalice glass Appearance – Served with a black body and a small brown head. The head faded relatively fast giving a moderate to light amount of lacing. Smell – The smell has a dark-bitter chocolate scent with some burnt coffee aromas of a ever so light sweet dark fruit aroma. Taste – A bitter roasty malt flavor of dark chocolate and a light amount of dark fruits are the tastes initially meet by the tongue. As the taste advances there is a roasted coffee present that becomes more prevalent as the taste goes on. The bitter-roasted flavors continue to the end where a lighter smoke flavor comes into plays and leaves a somewhat pleasant and warming taste in the mouth. Mouthfeel – A nice creamy body with a medium carbonation level. It complements the strength and the style of the beer quite well. Overall – This brew has some very nice taste and mouthfeel qualities, although I do find it a little one dimensional in taste as it only gives way to more burnt-bitter flavors. It is worth a try especially if you are looking for a roasty imperial.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hermanw7 (28) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2014
Appearance: What a RIS should look like. Aromas: vanilla, roasted malt. Taste: Starts with the vanilla, finishes off with bitterness and coffee. Christmas cake. Palate: medium to heavy body, medium carbonation. Loved it!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopwine (287) - Bend, Oregon, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Pours a beautiful opaque black with a dense, abundant dark tan head. Chocolate, espresso, raisin, caramel, crusty bread, earthy hops, apple-y esters. One of my favorite non ba stouts.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Habanero (2543) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - APR 4, 2014
Bottled. Pours black with an average, lacing, tan head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, licorice and dark fruit notes. Sweet flavor that ens up with bitter notes and alcohol. Full bodied, creamy to oily texture and soft carbonation. An awesome impy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anthony850 (248) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2014
In a bottle smooth with chocolate , fruity taste high alc. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJester (1860) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2014
650 mL bottle. Looks the part, with a nice brown head. The aroma doesn’t knock you over, but is not unpleasant. The flavour is fantastic - very roasty at first, and filling out and becoming more chocolatey as it warms. Fairly textbook, and more British than American.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tomekk1978 (426) - POLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Barwa: czarna, nieprzejrzysta nawet pod światło. Piana beżowa do brązowej, raczej drobno pęcherzykowa. Początkowo obfita, jednak dość szybko opada, ładnie oblepia jednak szkło. Wysycenie średnie do wysokiego. Średnio oleiste, jak an taką moc, ale dość lepkie. Aromat: typowy dla ciemnych słodów (czekolada, kakao, kawa, owoce). Z butelki słodki, ze sniftera raczej wytrawny. Alkohol nie wyczuwalny. Smak: początkowo nieco kwaskowy, ale po chwili staje się zdecydowanie bardziej wytrawny. Gorzka czekolada, kakao, być może także chmiel, (bowiem na końcu wyczuwalna konkretna goryczka) oraz lekka alkoholowość. Do tego owoce (suszone śliwki), a nawet akcenty wędzone, jednak dopiero po pewnym utlenieniu. Santa’s Little Helper to moje drugie piwo z tego browaru - po Mongo IPA, z którym mam bardzo dobre wspomnienia. Niestety tutaj odczucia są nieco słabsze. Jak na imperiala jest dla mnie zbyt kwaśne, choć w drugiej fazie wyraźnie zyskuje. Nie ma też aż tak mocnego i złożonego aromatu, jak w innych przykładach tego stylu. Nie chcę wychodzić przed szereg, ale także uwarzony przeze mnie RIS wygląda na bardziej obiecujący, choć jest jeszcze bardzo młody. Z drugiej strony alkohol jest tu bardzo dobrze zamaskowany, przez co Santa’s wydaje się być dobrą propozycją na zakończenie świąt. Raczej nie sięgnę po niego kolejny raz, ale nie zamierzam rezygnować z browaru Port Brewing, którego inne piwa chętnie spróbuję.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ST247 (369) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 27, 2014
Bottle sample thanks to Kraddel. Vintage 2009. Chocolate alcohol aroma. Strong chocolate flavour which is bitter, but softer in the aftertaste. I really like the aftertaste because the alcohol taste and strongness is gone and chocolate remains.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kraddel (2955) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 25, 2014
Bottle thnx to belgbeergeek , 2009 vintage pours black , no foam Smells cery full , round , dark and thick Good carbo Taste is bitter , bit booze , dark malts , chocolate , oat Veey nice indeed

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (1851) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2014
Bottle 2008 vintage - near black with moderate tan head. Super roast malty, chocolate, dark fruit, sweet malty, milk aroma. Same again in the taste, plus coffee and liquorice, with a long sweet and bitter finish. Full bodied, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Well hid alcohol, warming on the way down. Very good Imperial Stout.


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