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RATINGS: 979   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   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.


4.1
   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.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
danmalleck (26) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 12, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2007 good nose, great mouth feel and just an all around fantastic imperial stout. Chewy, roasty, everything you’d want from an imperial stout

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Dark, thick, and viscous. Has a light tan head that lasts nicely. Nose of dark fruit and very nice hops, lots of coffee bitterness. Flavor-wise, wonderfully bitter, great coffee and burnt charcoal roasts. Slightly sour and quite powerful, has a good burn to it. Rich and syrupy, really, really nice. I’m generally sick of imperial stouts, but this could restore my faith in the style.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Holy hops! Wow, they weren’t kidding when the brewmaster said to wait on aging this one. I swear this is as close to an Imperial IPA Stout as I’ll ever see. Huge nose on this one. You can definately smell the dryhopping that they used. Very aggressive hop profile on the tast as well. Like it dances up your nose and sucker-punches your senses. Full body, but no used motor oil viscosity and with this one it seems to work. Although, I’d prefer just a bit more as with the Storm King to help balance out the hops a bit. Also, definate fusel on the aroma and in the taste, but doesn’t detract too much from the overall enjoyment. The only thing I would do different is up the body a little, reduce the fusel oils a bit and decrease the amount of pellets used in favour of whole hops for a bit more aromatic, but less overall bitter profile. Outstanding Imperial stout, but NOT for those who fear aggressive hops!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - NOV 6, 2006
22 oz bottle via kramer17801 (thanks!). Pours a pitch black with a small tan head. Mild nose with notes of vanilla and licorice. Taste starts out roasty chocolate and then the hops kick in. Wow this is a hoppy Imp Stout. Usually i do not kike a lot of hops in a Stout, but it works here. The roasted malts and hops actually compliment each other quite well. I think there may be a bit of oak undermeath it all as well. This is actually pretty complex. Easy to drink. Medium bodied, silky mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7272) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Bomber--thanks, 46er3498! Pours rich, black, inky. Solid tan head. Chocolate/coffee/hop nose. Moderately high density for the body, and moderately low carb--neither of these is all the way high or low. All of the elements from the nose persist to the palate, but the hop takes full form with the finish, gaining a more distinct piney note. This is a great beer, but not quite inspired or innovative. If it was available around here, I would drink it all the time.


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