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RATINGS: 918   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 107   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Originally brewed in the early 19th century for export from Britain to the imperial court of Russia’s Catherine the Great, imperial stouts are characterized by their dark color & full body. This style features a rich, malty sweetness coupled with aggressive hopping (especially in American interpretations). Notes of dried fruit as well as roasted malt flavors are typically present.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
codfishh (130) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2015
Pours jet black thick creamy tan head laces the glass. Aroma is fruity some raisins with some cocoa. Flavor has more cocoa some sweet bready malt with a little coffee. Low hop bitterness, balance is semi sweet. Medium body full mouthfeel. Some alcohol warmth on the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremyh70 (841) - Missouri, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Pours an opaque black with two fingers of khaki head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee with tootsie roll chocolate, a hint of savoriness and a bit of piney hop aroma. Taste has just a bit of caramel sweetness to begin with along with some bakers chocolate and a big acidic coffee and almost burnt roast flavor. Quite bitter from the roast and you even get some mildly spicy and piney hop flavor and bitterness as well as some alcohol. Finishes dry with some ashy bitterness, some acidity and a mild alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is semi slick with a light/medium body and moderate carbonation. This is what I imagine the original imperial stouts tasted like. Dry, roasty and somewhat bitter and hoppy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndyW68 (1188) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Near black pour with tan head. Aroma is sweet molasses, dark fruit, malt and a hint of coffee. Taste is a liquid bitter brownie.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shaynsawchuk (613) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2015
650mL bottle. Pours opaque black with a thick beige head. Big hops and roast on the nose, piney, grapefruit, dark chocolate, dark berry fruits, coffee and cream. Malty sweet and dense with a pleasently roasted and lightly hoppy finish. Robust and chewy, with a silken texture, full body and modest carbonation. Very fresh and very tasty, will certainly evolve as the hops fade.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bendrixian (1259) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2015
Pitch black pour with a nice brown head that has some staying power. Big aroma with a supple amount of dried fruits and chocolate nuts and malts. It also has a hoppy aroma. On the palate it is rich, creamy texture with a big bitter finish that is both toast and hoppy. Very great beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinsenn (1340) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2015
Bottle from LCBO. Aroma of licorice, molasses, and coffee. Great rich taste of coffee, licorice, dark fruits, leather, and more. Bitter bite, long bitter finish. Very tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2015
22 oz bottle from the LCBO, served in a snifter. Pours black with a small tan head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose has big coffee and roasted malts along with resinous hops and subtle smoke. The flavour begins with a deep roasted malty sweetness with coffee, molasses, biscuit and figs. Piney, resinous hops pick up through the middle and provide a nice complementary bitterness that lingers through a long, hoppy finish. Subtle smoke is present throughout, with perhaps a touch of tobacco. On the palate it is full in body with a smooth, milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, a very nice hoppy imperial stout with a reasonable malty complexity. Hops are more prominent than is typical for the style, but still seem to work well. 2015-02-06

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tykechandler (319) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Это пиво вкусное. я, конечно, рекомен& его всем, что любит хорошую Craft пива!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hangunder (297) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2015
Smells great, tons of smokey aroma, pine, citrus, dark malt.Completely black, effervescent beer with foaming dark head. Tastes a lot like it smells, very well done. Upfront a lot of smoky dark malt, finishes with a sweet caramel note, earthy hops, citrus hops, dark malt. Lingering earthy bitterness. Medium bodied, well balanced. Average carbonation. Great imperial stout, would like to see this one aged for a while -- could use a bit of rounding out, but great flavors.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fantti (763) - FINLAND - JAN 24, 2015
Kaatuu snifteriin sysimustana, maitosuklaan värinen vaahto on noin sormen paksuinen ja melko vahvaa pitsiä jättävä. Tuoksu miellyttää; vahvimpana on salmiakkia, jonka taustalla on paahdetta, soijamaisuutta, lakritsia, puuta ja hieman yllättäen raikkaampaa mausteisuutta. Maku jatkaa samaa kovaa linjaa: nyt soijamaisuus tulee salmiakin tueksi vahvimmaksi mauksi, alla on suklaata ja mausteisuutta. Hiven paahteisuuttakin löytyy jälkimausta. Suutuntuma on öljyisen ja kermaisen täyteläinen ja melko reippaasti humaloitu, mutta mallasrunko pitää humaloinnin loistavasti aisoissa. Todella hyvä IS, koska pidän tälläisista lakritsi/salmiakkilinjan impyistä. Soijamainen makeus tasapainottaa kivasti ja suutuntuma on todella samettinen.


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