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RATINGS: 987   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lowgun1212 (109) - Carlstadt, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2009
Beer looks awesome. tar with a thin blood orange head. smells like malt, alcohol, hint of cinnamon and licorice. a little like a balloon. Taste is like a chocolate sambuca. sorta sludgey feel. I suppose you drink this with a slice of cheesecake or something.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2009
Poured thick, black and dense. Large head of amber-brown foam formed, then settled into about a 1-inch collar. Leaves much lace in the glass. Not as full on the palate as the pour suggested. Lingers nicely. Noticeable forward bitterness. Notes of chocolate and cardamom and dark roast flavors. Reminds me a little of Westphalian dark rye bread. No spicy notes, though. It appears a little short on the palate. Definitely not moreish. Not for sessions! One will be enough.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TKA300 (105) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2009
From a 12 oz. bottle. Pours a completely opaque dark brown/black with a creamy light brown head. The aroma is very full of toffy, caramel, and hint of terraferma. Served at just cooler than room temperature and the taste was FULL of chocolate and alcohol at first and finished strongly of coffee and oak. An extremely complex beer that will satisfy any stout lover’s hopes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UriahHeep (105) - Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Onyx pour with a dark foam head. Texture is thick and syrupy. Aromas of cocoa, toffee and chocolate. Medium roasted malt character. Flavor of coffee beans, boosted by subtleties of anise (taste similar to licorice), dark cocoa and sugar from the sweet malts. Moderately powerful alcohol presence. On the sweet side, only mildly balanced with hoppy bitterness. Overall, very average for a beer of this style, but being such an exciting and flavorful style, it’s good for what it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierslaaf (105) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - FEB 5, 2010
12oz Bottle. Pours 1/2 fizzy tan that separates out into pitch black stout and medium creamy tan head. Burnt caramel chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Medium sweet taste with a full body and just the faintest hint of carbonation. Lasting malt finish. Almost no detectable alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thefrutigers (104) - , Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2009
poured opaque black with medium diminishing head. Smelled of brown sugar and toffee with hints of cocoa and some coffee. Flavor is sweet burnt malt with coffee and molasses. Alcohol was present and welcome. I thought it was a pretty good imperial stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
GoBlue (104) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Deep black color with brown head. Chocolaty aroma with malt, brown sugar and some alcohol. Full bodied and moderately sweet with bitter chocolate finish. Not a lot of complexity but OK

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sjolles85 (104) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2009
Overall Decent Stout... Oak cherry and Chocolate. Not as bad as I thought it was going to be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beergod (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
This stout pours black with a nice tan head. The nose is very nice. Dark chocolate, elegant coffee roast, and well balanced nose.Taste is the same, very rich and with a little age this stout will only get better. Great Imp Stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
iNBe (100) - USA - JUL 24, 2010
Very, very rich stout. Lots of body. Definitely a sipping beer. I’ve only had this in bottles.

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