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RATINGS: 923   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 Russias 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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CamdenD (1113) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 6, 2006
This is a very nice imperial stout. Fully bodied and not overly hopped. This one is a sipper at 10+ percent, but its proof that an american imperial stout can be tasty without being heavyhanded. Underrated.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Pours to a black body with a huge foamy light brown/tan head. The aroma is hugely citrusy and chocolatey. Dry roastyness. The flavor is really chocolatey and dry black roast. Citrus hops are pretty strong. Sort of like FFFs Black Sun. Velvety and tart mouthfeel. Id buy it again.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Another superb offering from Smuttynoses Big Beer Series. BTW- picked these up at Somerville Supersaver, NJ for $3.99/22 oz.er which is a great deal. Pours thick, jet-black and opaque. Produces a thin, wispy tan head. Unique aroma combination of the dark, roasted malts and the Centennial and Cascade hops. A mixture of espresso, dark chocolate, pine and citrus fill the nose. Big thick chewy mouthfeel which is accentuated by the minimal carbonation level. Delicious flavors of bittersweet chocolate, espresso bean and burnt malt successfully married with the piney/citrusy hop flavors. All of this is nicely amped up by the alcohol level. Finish is a pleasant bitter-sweet send-off. Great stuff here!!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2006
This was surprisingly good. I dont love Smutty, but their big bottle series ranges from good to great, and this one is maybe the best Ive had so far. Pours a flat opaque black with no head, just a little discoloration on the top of the glass, and leaves no real lacing. Flat in the mouth, but full and round ... like a stout. Nose is never my favorite part of a beer, but this one is sweet malts and hops. I really enjoy the flavor ... intense and complex ... coffee, espresso, bitter hops, sweet toffee, and burnt malt, with a long, long bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slinger (91) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2006
22 oz- Obviously pours very dark with a light brown head. Strong scents of hops. Coffee and dark dried fruits overwhelm.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
px2grafx (14) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2006
intensely hoppy and bitter ris. heavy grass and pine aromas from the dry hopping. sweet chocolate, coffee, plums and oak cask with light alcohol in the finish. will cellar well.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwh50 (47) - Clay, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2007 Im new to rating beer but I share the bias of most subscribers to this site. I prefer stouts and porters, strong beers in general. Im not yet up on the lingo and my sense of smell is not real good. The only thing I did not like is the "piney" taste of I suppose for the other reviews is the hops. I would buy this beer again.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2006
Pours black with a small tan head. The aroma is roast, smoke, prunes, molases. The flavor is chocolate, molases, roast, light smoke, burnt, plums. The mouthfeel is soft and creamy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sregnar35 (1018) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2006
Nice brew. Aroma is strong burnt coffe and sugar. Pours a great dark black mud with a subdued head. Flavor is very dry, a bit hoppy and greatly dry because of the copious amounts of roasted malt, yummy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2006
Deep brown color - medium beige head. Aroma is very hoppy with notes of roasted malt. Flavor is rich with a strong hop presence, with notes of chocolate, burnt coffee and alcohol. Finish is dry and slightly oily. Good stuff.


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