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RATINGS: 994   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 24, 2006
2006 vintage. 22oz bomber. Duvel tulip. Dark red color, nearing black, tan head. Aroma is fragrant, bright citrus, bittersweet chocolate, light roasty notes. Taste is roasty, floral, light pine, and light citrus, as well as lactose, bittersweet chocolate, and alcohol. Thick mouthfeel. The finish is moderately bitter from the hops and roasted grain. Enjoyable. Reminds me of Free States Ironman Imperial Stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
probstblueribbon (3717) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2006
Tasted at YeHA! 2006 in Montreal along with Cathschlag’s truffles...merci. App.: DEEP orangey-brown, little head but what’s there is mocha. Aroma: WOOD, vinous, baker’s chocolate, a little vanilla, smells bitter, hoppy background. Palate: full, powdery body, med. carbonation. Flav.: a bit sweet, lots of raisins, molasses, baker’s chocolate and wood. A little bitter. Goes great with the truffles and finishes with plenty of hops. A nice way to cap off a great evening! Thank you, Montreal Ratebeerians!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2006
Black body with a small tan head. Typical stout elements: roasted malts & chocolate but very little (if any) coffee flavour. The chocolate flavour is half milk-chocolate, dark bitter black chocolate. A pleasant tobacco leaves complements this initial taste and makes for a nice transition to an avalanche of citrusy hops in the finish. Alcohol remains mostly well hidden except in the finish where it overwhelms the citrus hops. Very well done. I know these strong and heavy beers are bad for me but hey, I treat each day as if it was my last; and one day I’ll be right.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (15272) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2006
Bottle. Very hoppy aroma, sweet. Black colour, brown head. The flavour is nice with a good teaishness, very hoppy, too. The aftertaste has a very short coffee burst. Good mouthfeel. The alcohol rises into my nose. A good beer, a bit much, espceially the hops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Pours black with a small tan head. Good hop aroma, almost unbalanced with hops, if that is possible in an IS. Not much malt profile in aroma. Coffee roasted malt in taste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2006
Poured from a bomber into my Delirium tulip. Pours a very dark brown/black with a slight 3/8" head. Good lacing down all sides of the glass. Hops dominate the nose. The taste is all hops, with a slight coffee bitterness mixed in. Tastes good, but not the leader in its group. A smooth drinking beer, but is a tad bit thin for a Imperial Stout. Glad I tried it, would make for a good sessionable brew. Worth a try.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NachlamSie (3276) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2006
Bomber consumed outside in the 18 degree weather. The pour is solid for an impy, jet black with a tall dark tan head. When the snifter is held to the light, a bit of ruby hues are apparent perhaps. The aroma highlights a distinct hoppiness and a wash of espresso and mocha. It’s thick, not uber thick, but dense enough to compete with any reasonable brew in the style. Birch, soy sauce, tree bark, espresso, earth, and caramel are in the mix of rich flavors. Great beer, well done, I would some it up as a tamer Yeti Stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2007 (Bottle 65 cl) Pours completely black and opaque with a light brown head. Sweetish aroma of lightly burned malts. Very solid body with distinct sweetish and hard roasted malts with some vanilla accents. Some bitterness from the malts. 011206 and 070907

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2006
Bottled at olver Twist, Stockholm. Opaque black with a firm beige head. The aroma is simply wonderful. A mix of a top notch 2IPA and a powerfull Imperial Stout. Lot’s of piney hops in the aroma with touches of dades, figs and dark chocolate. Full, chewy and burnt flavour of black chocolate, black coffee, with nots of dades, tobacco and pepper. Extremely full body. Long, long aftertaste of dark unsweetened chocolate, ink, nut-shells and salt. Lot’s of piney burps aftertwards. One of the best Imperial Stouts but not as good as the Expedition Stou, though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2006
Black with a solid tan head. Roasty burnt dark chocolate, vinous dark fruit, subtle anise, subtle coffee beans, burnt cotton candy. Full, rich, balanced palate. Solid imperial.


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