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RATINGS: 941   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 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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2006
2006. very crisp, full tasting, velvety chocolate, a good little hop bite, damn i am running back to the store copping the last 2. finally a big beer that is worth buying and dont break a 5

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2006 HOLY CRAP is this a hoppy imperialstout. I have never had a stout that had the hop presence of an ipa. Im not quitesure how to take it. it is good BUT not what I really want out of an imperial stout. Huge hop smell, with a grassy hop taste that follows with a nice bitter follow through. It is a good stout, just not what I was expecting...i would be curious to have this one after a year or two...see what changes have happened when the hops mellow out.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jason (1737) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2006
bottle. Very destinct roasted smell. Keeps a thin head. Very nice balanced flavor. Not as thick as I hoped but still good. Very nice palate kept me wanting more.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2006
Pours deep brown with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet grapes and plums. Fruity. Very heavy, hoppy flavor, notes of plum, bitter dark chocolate. Throaty alcohol taste at the end.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2006
Bottle. A really good imperial stout. Black colour. Lots of roasted malt in the nose. Flavour is off bitter dark chocolate, mocha coffee and perhaps some charcoal. Rich mouthfeel, with a flavour and bitterness that seem to go on forever.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2006
06 a shade darker than coca cola. very very small head and only after rigorous pouring. smells sweet and sticky coffee toffe dates alcohol hints of chocolate. very smooth . roasted coffee bean taste not too much going just nice deep roasty sex in the mouth with some good hopness. it finishes smooth with a lsight alcohol kick very slight. very drinkable. maybe not as thick or biting as id like from an imp stout in the dead of winter but a perfect fall stout. nah mean

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aubrey (3490) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Deep, dark brown. Big notes of chocolate, followed by a healthy bitterness of pine and grass. Some roast in the aroma. Earthy. In a way, it seemed more stout-like than imperial stout-like. Pretty good, but not overly complex or deep.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2006
Black with no head what so ever. Smells of coffee and dark chocolate. The taste was thick and kind of syrupy, with the flavors of chocolate and alcohol coming through. I was surprised by the nice crisp hop aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2006
(22oz. bottle, 2006 vintage) Pours a dark brown with highlights of mahogany and a descent sized long-lasting creamy light brown head. Aroma of chocolate ecstasy, citrus, and roasted malt. Flavor of rich dark chocolate malt nicely balanced with hops.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2653) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2006
2006 bottle: Ahh, lovely aroma. Dark chocolate, and big 3C hops, citric and resiny, with some grass. Cherry pie? Flavor bit and sweetish up front with dark chocolate, espresso, roast and ash, with a drying slightly astringent finish. Palate near velvety. Finish shows some hot alcohol to go with the astringency. Perhaps a bit oaky/woody. Oh, and a pretty dark red-brown, smallish head that leaves medium lacing.


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