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RATINGS: 954   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2006
Deep brown color - medium beige head. Aroma is very hoppy with notes of roasted malt. Flavor is rich with a strong hop presence, with notes of chocolate, burnt coffee and alcohol. Finish is dry and slightly oily. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2006 2006 bomber. Pours dark, with a medium off-white head. Typical impy stout looking. Nose is definitely NOT typical, with mega-hops, roastiness, and chocolate. Flavor is chocolate, with coffee, and finishes with hops. Tastes a bit similar to the Stone IRS. Has a bit of a fizzy, oily mouthfeel. It has such a unique flavor that I know I’m going to need to have it again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 23, 2006
Hi. I am in love with Smuttynose Imperial Stout. I am contacting a lawyer right now to start divorce proceedings. I am running away with Smuttynose Imperial Stout to an island and we are going to have delicious smelling, dark, and chocolately babies. Yum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2006 Very dark, muddy, rusty-brown body with a lush, creamy light brown head. Earthy floral hop notes with strong alcohol, subdued vanilla, creamy milk chocolate and green bananas. Flavor has smoky, cigar notes but no excessively harsh roasty qualities. As in the aroma, this is somewhat green tasting and has lots of apparent alcohol. Smooth and creamy texture. Good, but needs time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jasonp (1559) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2688) - 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.

   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 didn’t 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."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (2966) - 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.

   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.

   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.

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