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RATINGS: 990   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   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
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 1, 2006
Pours black with dark khaki head. Very roasty aroma, almost smokey, and lots of coffee/espresso. Not sure when my bottle was from, but was not overly hoppy. Very smooth chocolate and coffee flavors with a smokey finish. Alcohol is very well hidden. Definitely my favorite from smuttynose so far.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kerway (3) - Pittsford, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2006 does not count
Bar-none, best imperial stout I’ve had. Best stout I’ve had for that matter. I’m knew at this tasting thing, but I just counted and I’ve got at least 5 stouts under my belt, including Rogue’s Shakespeare and Chocolate Stout. This certainly bests NorthWest Brewery’s Old Rasputin Impy. It’s just so smooth. I expect that malty bite but it never comes. Beautifully done. Reaffirms my faith in Smuttnose. Keep it up.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2006
Bottle. Opaque espresso/black color with an awesome beige colored head, nice lacing and decent retention. Aroma is malty and hoppy, soapy, earthy, slight coffee notes, alcohol, bitter chocolate, nutty (hazelnut?). Great flavor, smooth and balanced. Bitter chocolate, cherries, coffee, alcohol, malts, smoky, dry finish. Awesome. Nice on the palate, smooth and dry, warming, nice carbonation. This is a great beer, easily smuttynose’s best, and under-rated in my opnion.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2006
Nice Impy Stout. Pours dark dark brown with little or no head. Aroma is huge hops and roasty malt. Flavor is much the same. Nice easy drinking Imperial Stout. Bitter hoppy finish. Very good.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2006
(07.04.06) One pint 6oz brown bottle from Bierkraft, Brooklyn, NYC. 2006 bottled conditioned. Poured opaque black with giant tan head. Soft carbonation. Roasted malt aroma. Medium-to-full bodied stout that starts with light malt sweetness and cholcolate/expresso coffee/hop flavors. Finished with light bitterness and roasted malt fade. Smooth, rich and well-balanced. Deep complex character. Alcohol well hidden. This is one awesome tasty stout, one of my favorite beers.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2006
Clear espresso colour, tan head. Viscous alcoholic coffee scent. Bitter malt-coffee taste. Warming helped a lot.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5665) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2006
This reminds me of Peche Mortel. Coffee aroma from this thick, black beer. Flavor has more coffee, but not so much that it overwhelms the other flavors. Some chocolate, and sweet roasted malt. The hops are noticeable but light overall, with this being more of a malt than a hop dominated beer.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2421) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2006
22 oz bottle. Dark dark pour wth decent brown head. Awesome aromas. Very fruity. Apricot, mango, pineapple. chocolate too. Flavor gives up some of the fruit for a very malty roasty beginning, with a very bitter grapefruit hop finish. Alcohol very well hidden. Very good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2006
Pours thick and black into the snifter. Little to no head. Aroma is very roasty bitter with a little hop presence. Flavor is nice and roasty. Thick oily mouthfeel. Very nice. Good balance of all the flavors. This is a good stout.

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


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