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RATINGS: 930   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkzambia (1641) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 7, 2006
22 oz. Bottle: Thick black color with a light brown head that diminishes rather quickly. You can smell the extra hops in the aroma, they pretty much dominate. But the taste has a pretty strong flavor of coffee beans, dark chocolate and a robust bitterness. Fairly thick in the feel and leaves a strong flavor in your mouth as well as a slight alcohol burning sensation. This is a powerful stout and very enjoyable. Thanks Indiana_Red!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (2804) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 7, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2006 Bottle pours a dense deep black with a thick dark tan head. Aroma is decidedly hoppy and dark roasted, chocolately and leather. A bit like expedition. Very rich and full molassas and dark fruit. Flavor is quite chocolatly but still very bitter and smokey. Body is a bit thinner that I expected but does not detract. Soft carbonation and a suprisingly soft bitter trailer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 7, 2006
Bottle: Pours a dark black color with a thick tan head and nice lacing, excellent carbonation and head retention for a beer of this type. The nose is very hoppy, almost annoyingly so, that it almost overpowers the alcohol and the roast. Well, the alcohol is certainly there at least. The flavor is a bit like soy sauce with the ripeness, but the hop bitterness and dry roast astringency get their word in too. The finish is long and pleasant, very nice body and sweetness level blends with the hops. A bit of delayed alcohol sting on the back of the tongue. Nice Imperial Stout, but it’s also like a black double IPA if you can see it that way. I like it. Thanks Ken!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2006
sampled blakes... a fairly hoppy dry IS w/ a thick tan head over an opaque pour. Aroma was dry coffee and coccoa powder w/ some citrus tones. Palate was well coated but lacked some of the creaminess i like in my imperial stouts. The flavor was dry and highly chocolaty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Bottled. Nearly opaque, very dark warm brown with a small, light brown, frothy, mostly diminishing head. The aroma is malty with moderate-to-heavy notes of smokey roasted grain, moderate caramel, coffee, unsweetened chocolate, molasses; Hoppy with moderate notes of herb, light note of resin/pine; Yeasty with a trace note of basement; Miscellaneous notes of light top soil, left over campfire wood, trace note of underripe banana. The flavor is vivid and engaging: Moderately sweet, moderately-to-heavily bitter, lightly acidic with a long, moderately bittersweet/grippyish, lightly acidic, lightly warm finish. The body is full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is soft.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6669) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2015 Bottle (2014 vintage). Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is black (almost opaque, flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately malty (roasted/burnt grain, chocolate), with notes of cardboard, nut shells, alcohol, creosote, tar. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, papery, slightly unclean. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, heavily alcoholic. Been over 8 years since I’ve tried this, and unfortunately it still only ranks among the average. Quite oxidized already despite being the latest vintage, with a lot of unpleasant phenolic character as well. Flavor balance and aftertaste are also not very pleasant...marked sourness and a somewhat dirty and papery aftertaste. A long, long way from greatness, sadly.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Bottle. Almost opaque brown, light lacing. Oxidized aroma, molassis, some roasted character. Initially creamy and sweet, taste becomes heavily roasted. Light creaminess throughout. Good compliment of bitter hops to go along with the roast. Possible Smuttynose "house" taste in this one. Nice stuff.

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 it’s 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 (3344) - 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 FFF’s Black Sun. Velvety and tart mouthfeel. I’d 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 Smuttynose’s 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!!


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