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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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2006
(22oz. bottle, 2006 vintage) Pours a dark brown with highlights of mahogany and a descent sized long-lasting creamy light brown head. Aroma of chocolate ecstasy, citrus, and roasted malt. Flavor of rich dark chocolate malt nicely balanced with hops.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11957) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2004
Black body topped by big brown head. Aroma is medium sweet, rich chocolate, some roasty coffee. Taste is sweet, chocolate, some grapefruit, roasted/burnt coffee, light vinous. Medium-full body. Remarkably big beer for such a mild ABV.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11683) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Bottle shared at local BA gathering. Poured dark brown color with a moderate frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate roasted malt, chocolate and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted sweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. Another standout brew.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11612) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2009
Black with a lasting tan head. Aroma of licorice, with strong citrus hop notes. Sweet and roasted flavour with warming alcohol, and a hoppy and bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11359) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2008
22oz bottle-pours a rich brown milkshake head and oil black color. Aroma is sweet dark malt-licorice, secondary hops. Taste is sweet dark malt-licorice/anise/tar, wood, secondary hops-sharp bite/citrus, dark fruit. Good carbonation. Nice. Not usually my taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2011
Date: October 04, 1997
Mode: Bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Appearance: black
Aroma: big sweet hot malt aroma
Flavor: rich roaster malt flavor, alcoholic, slight malt bitterness

Date: September 02, 2004
Source: tasting
ditto, nice big body

Date: September 09, 2006
Source: tasting
very creamy body

Date: May 19, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
dry roasted malt and american hops are much more present

Date: April 03, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Vintage: 2006
Score: 3.6 to 3.8
Appearance: black, fine tan head that quickly fades away, drops of lace
Aroma: sweet roasted aroma with dark chocolate and licorice and a fruity vinous character
Body: same creamy body
Flavor: rich dark chocolate balanced by light bitterness, lingering bitterness from the dark chocolate but not the normal astrengency from dark malts, touch of dark ripe fruits adds a sweet character, a touch of citrus in a hoppy roasted bitter finish

Date: April 23, 2011
Mode: draft
Vintage: 2007
Score: 3.4
Words: tmac fred
Appearance: black, frothy tan head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, light roasted, touch of oxidation
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, touch of dark fruits, sweet licorice, heavy dark roast leaves a long bitter finish

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (10842) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2007
A deep dark stout with a thin moka head. Pleasant chocolate aroma, with vinous notes, alcohol, prunes, very noice and complex. In mouth, a good coffee moka with bitter chocolate, prunes, alcohol in finale, very warming. This can be described as chewy. A quality beer from Smuttynose!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10840) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Bomber shared by aplusbreaks poured a translucent dark brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt and dark fruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, carmel, vanilla and light oak with a smooth lingering roasty finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (10608) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2005
Bottled: Pitch black coloured. Brown dense head. Chocolate, malt, roast and some light coffee in the nose. Malt, alcohol, roast and cocoa in the flavour. Quite full bodied. Ends on a medium bitter note. This is a very good beer. Thanks Jeppe

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (10606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 7, 2006
Pours opaque with a small dark brown head, lined lacing that diminishes to spotty lace. Aroma is hoppy pine and flowers, dark roasted malt, coffee, toast and perfumey alcohol. Dark bitter chocolate, roasted malt, toast, doughy yeast, flowers, perfumey alcohol and wood, cocoa finish. Dark bodied, dry but smooth palate.


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