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RATINGS: 984   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2006
From bomber. Pours black with thick coffee head. Nose has a large grassy hop profile along with chocolate/coffee undertones. Flavor is similar with the chocolate in front this time and a great bitter citrus finish. Palate is creamy and smooth. Well done.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2007 Black colour with a small brown head. Coffee, chocolate, roasted aroma and a sweet coffee, chocolate, taste. Medium body with a sweet finish. 8-4-7-3-16. Re-Rate. 8-4-9-4-18 Bottle. Black beer with a medium brown head. The aroma is roasted, coffee, chocolate, fruits and hops. The taste is sweet chocolate, coffee, fruits and hops. Medium to full body with a dry light alcoholic finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
PilsnerPeter (3037) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2006
This stuff is big! Pours black with a short lived deep brown head. The aroma is roasted chocolate, with a surprisingly resiny, grapefruit hop kick. It has a great thick body, exactly what I want from an Imperial Stout. Huge resiny flavors which is a perfect balance to the thick chocolatey malts. Viscous mouthfeel, without being unpleasantly syrupy. Mocha roastyness, with a grapefruit hop middle and a long roasty dry hop and coffee finish. This is a rich, complex and satisfing brew, but it doesn’t have the drinkability of some other amazing Imperial Stouts (like Old Rasputin).

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (25604) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2006
Bottle. Black coloured with a beige head. Roasted aroma of coffee, dried fruits and hops. Roasted flavour of coffee, caramel and chocolate with notes of hops.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2006
Bottled. Quite black coloured. Lots of hops, chocolate and coffee and some toffee and fruits in the aroma. The flavour is extremely well balanced with loads of bitter and juicy hop notes as well as darker coffee and chocolate notes. The roasty and the hoppy bitter and dry notes goes perfectly togheter with the soft and sweetish fruit notes. Full bodied. Slightly below medium carbonation level. Soft mouthfeel. Lingering aftertaste with the hops dominating. Excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2006
2006 22 oz. bottle via trade with JCapriotti and jasonmech77 - Pours a deep dark brown color with a good size tan head. Light spotty lacing. Has a nice citrus hop and light roasted malt aroma. Don’t find too many IS’s using the 3 C’s hops. I like it. Has a smooth chocolate flavor with a good bit of bitterness to boot. Medium to full body. Bitterness seems to linger a tad. Gonna have to sit on my other bottle for awhile. I like this beer, alot. When I start brewing again, this is what I’m shooting for. Thanks Jason.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2006
22 ounce bottle. Kick ass black with a reddish brown head. The head fades rather quickly, but that’s ok. She’s still a beaut. Lots of wonderful citrusy hop aroma. Hot cocoa and lattes. Lots of cocoa and dark roast coffee flavor. Hops are a major player as well. Big time bitter. Alcohol warmth. Maybe a bit on the thin side, but that just makes it quaffable. Really a top notch beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2006
Dark brown pour, nearly black. Tan frothy head. Nice roasted sugary malts with vinous hops. I like the sweet roasty hop character in this… reminds me of some of my favorite imperial stouts (Expedition, Batch 7000), just a little lighter. Either way, I love the flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - NOV 18, 2006
(22 oz. bottle (2006) from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maine/portland/ target=blank>Downeast Beverage Co., cellared for 6 mos. after purchase) Good but not great...Pours very, very dark brown, almost opaque with 1/4" of brown head that recedes to a thin layer that stays. Aroma is initially quite hoppy then there is some chocolate and roastiness, perhaps some plum. Mouthfeel smooth, fairly full but a touch thinner than I would expect. Nice light rings of webby lacing. Flavor is mostly semi-sweet chocolate along with the hops. Light roastiness. A hint of plum in the finish. Alcohol well-hidden. This actually seemed more like a regular stout in terms of flavor - imperial qualities were the higher ABV, appearance and maybe palate. The hop presence kind of threw me.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KLandon (6) - St. Catharines, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2006 does not count
This thick dark brown stout is everything one expects from an Imperial. Smoky and roasty with hints of chocolate and coffee.


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