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RATINGS: 941   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (4747) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Bottle with thanks to cocoapuph. Pours opaque black, medium brown head, dissipates fairly quickly, good lacing. Aroma is roasty, molasses, faint anise, cocoa. Medium sweet, medium bitter, molasses, perhaps a touch of bell pepper, cocoa, light anise. Full body, creamy mouthfeel.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RollE2k (45) - SWEDEN - MAR 20, 2015
*from old note* Bottle from systembolaget 2014, bottle probably from 2013 (10%) A lots of hops in both aroma and taste. Obvious sweetness, but still not to much for beeing a IS - rather well balanced. The bitterness is also there, but doesn’t stand out of the other tastes. A lot of coffee and chocolate in the taste, a beer you can sip on quite a while. Not unique, but really well composed flavors together.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
asheft (2739) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2015
Bottle. Spicy and resinous grapefruit aroma along with pine and strawberry. Opaque black with not quite clear, ruby highlights and a light brown cover that lasts. Chocolate and American hops flavour that is complex and balanced. Pine, grapefruit, dark chocolate, strawberry and assertive bitterness that balances the sweet, grainy malt. Medium full body, moderate carbonation, smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Freaky_tiki (792) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2015
Pours darker than the thought of a third Bush presidency with a thin cap the colour of golden sugar. Something slightly off & unwanted in the nose, an almost coppery scent. But don’t worry, this beer is pretty fantastic. Each sip brings an interesting combo of dark powered chocolate backed with a double-barrelled shot of fresh hops. In fact, it’s the chewy, resinous hops that make this imperial stand out from others on the shelf. The flavour here is full & round & a real case study in how to make a serious imperial stout.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RhetoricalAns (618) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2015
650 ml Bottle. Black pour, mahogany tinges, finger of frothy dark tan head. Big nose of dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, wood.Taste follows, a bit of light hop at the end for a nice balance. Full body, Excellent

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hammy78 (879) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle from the Univercity Plaza LCBO. Pours an opaque colour, two finger solid khaki head that starts to die away leaving sheets of lace. Nose is sweet biscuity malt. Tastes sweet, malty, giving way to a slight bitterness, mainly chocolate flavour, a touch of vanilla, Abv burn. Really tasty.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jksipa (542) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle from the LCBO. Deep mahogany pour with a small dark khaki head that fades slowly to a ring around the edge that leaves some thin lace. Nose is dominantly dark chocolate with coffee, dark fruits, light vanilla and some licorice. Roasty malts give a light sweetness throughout and medium bitter with coffee and chocolate contributing along with a decent level of hopping. Mouth is medium full and silky with soft carbonation . Long bitter finish. Nice stout that manages to conceal the alcohol quite well.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dpgjrnhcraftbrew (71) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 26, 2015
UPDATED: APR 11, 2015 220z bomber dated Feb 2015. Black in color with a oil-slick like viscosity as a small mocha head retreats to a ring around the edge. Lacing is evident as the coffee aroma dominates with each sip. Chocolate, dark fruits, and licorice are there too. Taste is made up of chocolate, licorice, dark fruits, and coffee being the most pronounced. Carbonated, thick and smooth, and extremely drinkable. Earthy hops finish off the palate with a slightly dry bitterness that helps to complete this beauty of an Imperial Stout!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (1511) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Free :) taster at the source. Pours nearly black with a brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee. Taste starts out a bit sweet, chocolate, tobacco, coffee. Finishes with some grass and coffee bitterness.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rejtable (1800) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2015
This is great! Pours nearly black with limited head and some lacing. Nose is vanilla and bitter chocolate. Flavours espresso, bitter chocolate, vanilla. Taste big sweet big bitter. Full very creamy body with medium carbonation. Beautiful beer!


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