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RATINGS: 376   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.79%
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The granddaddy of stouts. Intended for export to the Imperial Court of Russia’s Catherine the Great. Jet black. Full-bodied. Very strong.


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Courtesy of TPD975. Fairly boozy aroma with burnt fruit and malt notes. Lesser hints of chocolate follow. Flavor is much the same, but the alcohol is even more pronounced and it tastes much more alcoholic than the abv indicates. Very nice mouth feel and quite solid, but slightly disappointing when considering the hype around it.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (5368) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
2011 Vintage. 22 oz. bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Nose brings out lots of chocolate, caramel, some brandy-like liqueur, and tobacco. Flavour is ultra-complex, with soy sauce, chocolate, caramel and some liqueur. Highly complex, with just enough oxidation, caramel and residual sweetness. Definitely overhyped, but this is a solid impie stout.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Countbeer (4042) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2014
Bottle: Served in a Chouffe glass: Pitch black beer with a small brown foamy head. Aromas of coffee, mocha, dark chocolate, roast, dried leaves, raisin, prunes, soya, some sweet tones, hints of light vinous and sticky darker tones. Flavours of coffee, roast, espresso, liquorice, toffee, soya, brown sugars, espresso, prunes, sticky, bitters, light citrussy wild yeasty tone and some light berries tones. Quite delicious! Aftertaste is a mix of bitters, prunes, roast, light sticky, some roast and some coffee/liquorice tones. Low carbo, creamy close to silky mouthfeel, full bodied and a sticky spicy texture. Another incredible brew!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadIndian (2305) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle shared with SJ. Ann oddly amazing imperial stout. It had it’s typical, moleasses, roasted malt, burt / chocolate flavors, but then it added some odd tart/ berry taste to it that really made it shine. A really nice thick full body. I really liked it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (3896) - SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2014
Pours pitch black with small bubbly head. Aroma is intense roasted malty dark fruits coffee chocolate. Flavor is velvety smooth as aroma pleasantly bitter and a bit fruity.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (4531) - Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2014
22 oz. bottle multiple times. Pours black in color with a small off white head. The aroma has roasted malt, dark fruits, some smoke and perhaps some char. The flavor has roasted malt, smoked malt with some char, some dark chocolate, dark fruits with some earthy hops, light to medium body with a smooth finish. This is good, but I think there are quite a few that are better.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Inbreak (1526) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JAN 18, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 Old rating, 0,65l bottle sampled @ BBGTC tasting:
Lett fyldig og sødmerik lukt med preg av mørk malt, humle, kaffi, karamell, sjokolade, mørke bær, søt lakris. Fruktig lett syrlig og sødmerik smak med preg av mørk malt, humle, syrlig mørk frukt, salt lakris, syrlig kaffi, mørk bitter sjokolade, soya, gras. Middels bitterhet og lengde. Veldig god.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Smurf2055 (1293) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2014
2010 Pours black, light tan head Smell smooth caramel, vanilla Taste smooth vanilla, leather, lots of barleywine qualities, red fruit Medium body Ok

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1214) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2013
2011 Bottle. Pour is black with a small beige head. Aroma is of dark fruits, chocolate, burnt caramel, and molasses. Flavor is a bit heavy on the sweetness with notes of licorice, dark fruits, grape vine, and roast.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rxeight (1046) - Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Dark brown almost black pour. Aroma is the darkest stout you have ever tried. Taste doesnt quite live up to the aroma but still really good. My first thought this is along the lines of expedition. But after cracking one for comparison, this is better, very similar, but better, darker and more flavor. For a standard imperial stout, that isnt a sugar bomb like darklord this is about as good as it gets. But as it is so close to expedition or founders impy, not worth what it takes to haul in.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Advocate_Ames (387) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2013
2011 bottle. Pours dark black with no head. The aroma is of licorice, sweet carmel malts, mild booze scent, very weak roasted chocolate malts, and I pick up on some dark fruits. As for flavor it is complex. I picked up on strong sweet carmel malts, dates, weak roasty chocolate notes, and diverse minor flavors that is hard to distinguish. The finish is great. There was a minimal dryness from the alcohol, very little bitterness, and a sugary sweetness. Overall this was a treat, truly great.


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