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RATINGS: 968   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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Our take on the stout brewed by 18th century English brewers for the Russian Imperial Court of Catherine II. The special malted barley in this intense and massive brew delivers rich flavors like dark chocolate, coffee and anise.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (14543) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 21, 2010
bottle at home ... deep black ... bubbly tan head ... sweet licorice nose ... roast malts ... treacle toffee ... juicy light dry linger ... nice but too licorice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (13793) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2010
Bottle at ChrisO "I’m Trying to see the Stool" pre GBBF2010 tasting. Drinkable impy stout (which I do like, I like my impy stouts to make me want to drink it again), Good mild choc. Very drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12633) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 29, 2009
Inky with a thin head. Strong burnt raisin nose with a light coffee and stinging alcohol. Has a nice soft, rounded body. Nice residual sugars - not to cloying. The burnt/roast character is perhaps a bit underdeveloped but the beer is balanced. Pleasant.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12567) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 22, 2012
Bottled 355ml (Hilpeä Hauki)
Dark almost opaque color, small brown head. Sherryish, roasted, a bit aged feeling in the aroma, Medium to full bodied. Licorice, sherry, toasted, burnt malts. Also aged feeling in the flavor. Black coffee in the aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11955) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2009
(12oz. bottle, courtesy of Swalden28) Pours an opaque dark brown (near black) body with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, anise, and light smoke. Flavor of roasted malt, black licorice, chocolate, and toasted grain.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11556) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 25, 2009
(12oz bottle) Small brown head atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee/roast, dark chocolate, some burnt. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, roast/coffee, some alcohol, burnt. Creamy full body with light burn.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11137) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Bottle from Monument, in Concord, CA. Opaque black with tan bubbles on top. Aromas of tar and anise. Near full body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is anise, tar, coffee and chocolate over dark burnt toast malt, smokey even. Finishes mildly sweet and quite bitter. So it’s balanced? This is a really good thing.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (11086) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2009
12oz bottle–pours a tight brown head and black color. Aroma is cocoa-dark malt/oat, some acidic earthy hops. Taste is sweet cocoa-dark malt/oat, some acidic earthy hops, ashy, alcohol. Thanks to Joe-jwc215 for picking this out.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009

Name: Imperial Stout
Date: May 30, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade
Appearance: black, fine tan head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet licorice aroma, dark chocolate
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, light roasted, sweet dark caramel, lots of the sweet licorice, milky chocolate sweetness
Overall: amped up cream stout
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (10849) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2009
Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival 2009. Black color, brown head. Malty roasted aroma, cocoa, chocolate, tar, some licorice. Tar flavor, dark chocolate, burnt, some ash and cocoa. Dry roasted finish.


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