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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 Russiaís 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Very dark brownish opaque black (but not inky) with a brown head. Lots of piney hops and rich chocolate in the nose; nice. Heavy intermingling of citrusy/piney Pacific NW hops and roastiness. Flavor has notes of pine, grapefruit, burnt wood, roasted malt, dark rich coffee, plum, raisin, caramel, dark chocolate and red wine. Pretty complex. Full, round and lush on the palate with moderate carbonation. Good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2622) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2006
Small choco brown head, fair retention, lace is thin but lasting. Roasty, chocolatey and hoppy, piney. Body is full and oily on the palate. Plenty of hops clawing their way out of the darkness to assert themselves. Lightly sweet malts, roasty, chocolatey with some all day cooked coffee notes, light fruitiness and maybe some black malt flavors as well. Lightly sweet malty, roasty finish. Maybe a touch of alc. as well, considering. A big, roasty, hoppy Impy! Good ole Smutty.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 15, 2006
"nice beer Poured a dark dark black brown edges didnít lace well in my glass. Aroma was of roasted coffee chocolate. Flavor was much the same, some bitterness and yet still sweet. Little licorice in there. Solid beer."

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (2935) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 12, 2006
An outstanding production by the folks up at Smutty, perhaps their best beer. Sure, I like Smutty, but this exceeded expectations. It was actually darned predictable, just like the bottle says: chocolate, coffee, dry fruits, and hoppy. The hops were bold (somewhat pine-like) and assertive, but not overdone. Two thumbs up on this one, smooth and creamy, very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2006 (2006 Vintage) Very fresh minty hop nose. Pitch black. Drinks nice and easy fro 10% ABV. Fairly dry which I like, otherwise a hop forward chocolate/coffee bomb. Smuttynose hit the mark on this one. Strorm King like hops.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 30, 2006
22oz. bottle. 2006 vintage. Nearly opaque brown-red, thing film of dark tan head. Sweet malt, some chocolate, and alcohol in the aroma. Earthy dark chocolate and some roastiness underneath a heavy resinous hop bitterness. Coffee bitterness and astringency in the finish with some residual hoppiness, some alcohol heat as well. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy, rather dry.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
treadyroc (149) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2006
Pours very dark, but also sports a reddish tint around the tip of the rim; almost a mahogony. The mocha head diminishes quickly.<!-- br --><!-- br --> Itís a very smooth drink; almost sweet, & very thick. You <!-- em -->can<!-- /em --> taste the alcohol in the aftertaste, but itís not too terribly bad.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2006
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, and Dave, courtesy of blankboy. Resiny green hops, lots of chocolate malt in very sweet aroma - wow. Pitch black, creamy tan head. Very roast and bitter taste. Sweet; nice alcohol burn as well (tastes stronger than 7%). Just a very very nice version of an impy stout, falling on the hoppy side of the scale. Nice job!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bartzilla (565) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 26, 2006
Hey! Alright! A nice stout. Not too overwhelming. This could almost be an "all day" kinda of brew for me. Just slightly overwhelming, but I expected that. Great hop follow up mixed in with the dark notes. Bravo! Nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5545) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Poured opaque black with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma was somewhat vinuous, leading to roasted malts, some cocoa, piney hops, dark fruits, and alcohol as well. Taste was bitter roasted malts up front, with smoke, sweet chocolate, dried fruits, vanilla, more piney hops, and a touch of alcohol in the finish.


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