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RATINGS: 947   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 107   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6836) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CamdenD (1118) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3346) - 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.

   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!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2006
This was surprisingly good. I don’t love Smutty, but their big bottle series ranges from good to great, and this one is maybe the best I’ve had so far. Pours a flat opaque black with no head, just a little discoloration on the top of the glass, and leaves no real lacing. Flat in the mouth, but full and round ... like a stout. Nose is never my favorite part of a beer, but this one is sweet malts and hops. I really enjoy the flavor ... intense and complex ... coffee, espresso, bitter hops, sweet toffee, and burnt malt, with a long, long bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slinger (91) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2006
22 oz- Obviously pours very dark with a light brown head. Strong scents of hops. Coffee and dark dried fruits overwhelm.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
px2grafx (14) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2006
intensely hoppy and bitter ris. heavy grass and pine aromas from the dry hopping. sweet chocolate, coffee, plums and oak cask with light alcohol in the finish. will cellar well.

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