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RATINGS: 923   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   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.


4.2
   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 (561) - 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 (5515) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
blankboy (6444) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, tupalev & Dave B. -- my bottle courtesy of Thaichile. Pours a deep dark brown with a good size semi-lasting creamy light-brown head. Fantastic aroma is big time resiny hops with dark malt, chocolate and hints of fruit -- man that smells good! The malty roastness comes out more in the flavour along with tons of hops, some fruit, coffee and some alcohol (the alcohol’s present but it doesn’t detract from the enjoyment of the beer at all). Nice full body and creamy mouthfeel. An awesome Stout, exactly how I like it, with tons of hops -- must get more!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 24, 2006
Robe noire surmontée d’une mousse brune mince qui persiste. Arômes de houblon résineux, de sapin et d’agrumes. Saveurs de sapin, d’agrumes, de houblon résineux et de malt torréfié. Sirupeuse.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2006
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy, tupalev and Dave B - blankboy’s bottle. Impenetrable black with a large lasting brown creamy-foamy head. Rich aroma - full resiny green hops, rich molasses and chocolate overroast malt, spicy, resonated with my sniffer - it’s tingling. Taste is very bitter - there’s dark molasses malt, quite a bit of alcohol, smooth finish but a touch boozy for 7%. Creamy body, a little thin, bitter finish - very very good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2007 Julios Spring Beer Festival. Murky dark brown puddle pour, topped with a head of creamy tan. Aroma is dominate by an extremely floral Cascade. Am I high, or too drunk? No. I distinctly remember this, but nobody else seems to. Then, in the mouth, this continues to develop with really sapping floral piney Cascade. I can’t get any dark malt character. Something must be wrong. Re-rate planned. This will do for now, as others seem to comment on the straightforward hop character of this beer. RERATE. Sample from bottle. I was actually pretty right from the original tasting and not impressed with the one-dimensionality of the hop character, both in flavor and aroma and this conflicting with the harshness of the alcohol and roast. Not balanced and not subtle enough to be enjoyable.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2006
Smuttynose Imperial Stout is a terrific beer!!! Chocolate, coffee, licorice, full bodied awesome drinking experience. I’ve never had a bad Smutty. Big frothy head dark volcanic glass color. Excellent Imp. Stout!!!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Foxbush (1452) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 20, 2006
This stout pours a deep black and is thick. There is no head and delicious aroma of roasted malt. The taste was not smooth. It was acidic like bitter coffee. There is a lingering bitterness and choclate flavors. This stout just didn’t grab me and want to come back for more.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4557) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2006
Thanks to TannerTavernBoys for sharing this beer. Pours black with a quickly leaving dark brown head. Aroma has lots of piney hops and roasty char. There is also a hint of dark chocolate. The taste has a lot of toasted / charred malts. The finish is very heavy with pine hops and the char from malt carries over to the finish as well. A very nice imperial stout that is made for hopheads.


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