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RATINGS: 905   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (2298) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle thanks to Crajun. Very dark brown pour with a small creamy head that fades slowly to a nice ring. Very nice aroma of chocolate, tobacco, caramel, burnt dark bread, molasses, and dark fruit. Taste has a light molasses sweetness and a light bitterness. Very chocolaty. Lots of burnt bread and tobacco. Some dates, citrus peel, pine, caramel, and coffee too. Medium to full body. Light ash in the finish. Very enjoyable imperial stout.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
22 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a borderline pitch black color. The head is a two finger tan shade with excellent retention. Seriously, I’ve let it sit for about two minutes and it’s only gone down half a finger. It also has a thick texture similar to whipped cream, but also has rather large bubbles as well. Splotchy lacing is left down the glass. S: True to style, there’s a lot going on within the nose. There are distant hints of fudgy chocolate, some floral hops, licorice, roasted malts, aniseed, and alcohol. Maybe it’s a bit too boozy for 9.4% - then again, I’m so used to many imperial stouts hiding its alcohol well. Of course, letting it warm up will reduce the boozy bite somewhat. I really enjoy the aroma’s complexity regardless. T: Okay, this has a large amount of licorice to start. The finish is well-attenuated, with tart fruits, roast...and booze. A surprising amount for 9.4%. Some chocolaty hints appear in places. Unfortunately, this isn’t my favorite profile for an imperial stout - and even worse, it’s too lacking in complexity. M: I enjoy how creamy and full-bodied this is. Despite all of the alcohol, it loafs around on the palate more than it should. The sharp carbonation and alcohol doesn’t dry it out enough. O: This one is too young. Plain and simple. A couple of years will make it great - I have no doubt of that. But right now, it’s too simplistic and too boozy. I’ll buy this again, but only to age a bottle for a few years. Since I’m a firm believer that a beer should be ready as soon as its released, this scores average to me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvikar (3881) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Mastikim. Thanks zvsn. BBD 1/15. 10%. Pours black with a beige head, aroma of hops, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, alcohol, flavor of hops, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, malt, sugar and alcohol, medium bodied.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HULK777 (436) - - DEC 22, 2014
The nose is full of fruit combined with dark malts. Chocolates, coffee, faint licorice, and citrus fruit. Taste is very nice; I find toast bread, chocolate, coffee, cream, vanilla, and some lime/citrus. Creamy. Well-balanced.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gaultier (597) - SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2014
Beer tasting @ Havregatan 21/12-14. Aroma: Chocolatey, cacao, roasted malt, light hoppy. Taste: Dito + licorice, sweet. Body is light full, the finish is dry with taste of chocolate and cacao. Also a bit warming alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jorn69 (1284) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2014
@ Havregatan 141221. Bottle (650 ml) from Systembolaget. Roasted malty with light hoppy notes , chocolate and liquorice, vanilla notes, sweet with alcoholic notes, medium to full body with an oily to creamy texture. The finish is dry, bitter, roasted with chocolate and alcoholic notes.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Itzjerm (1450) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Aroma is dark chocolate burnt and vanilla. Quick fading head but pitch black appearance. Flavor is light vanilla and burnt chocolate. Kinda harsh on the tongue. An average Imperial Stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoworsummer (2701) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2014
From a bomber. Pours dark brown with a fizzy light brown head. Smells like booze, a little chocolate, very roasted malt, light tobacco and burnt toast. Tastes like booze, dark chocolate, burnt toast, burnt coffee, very roasted malt, and dry tobacco. Light/medium body and low carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EyeAmBaldman (339) - Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Pours nearly black with a thin tan head. Aroma is chocolatey with notes of alcohol. Mild carbonation in the mouth with notes of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Has a lot of sweetness yet bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ekstedt (5671) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2014
Bottle (bomber) from Systembolaget. Black with beige head. Intense roasted aroma, plenty of coffee, some piney and citric hops. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Dry, medium bitterness.


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