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RATINGS: 996   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2008
Bottle at Sune’s (Thanks). Black - brown head. Burned, dry burned, licorice, high hoppy, chocolate, coffee, piney, grassy. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14964) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2010
Very smooth for the alcohol content. Dark black pour. Nice head. Nose and taste of roasted coffee, chocolate and dried fruit. Rated 6/3/04

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (14411) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 28, 2011
22 oz. bottle, split with Matts_Property, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is extremely roasted, espresso beans, a little wood and a big hop character. Flavour is hugely roasted, a little espresso, and an extremely big hop character - a little woody character. Extremely full-bodied and rich - perfectly balanced. Wonderful impy stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14094) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Bomber from Josh. Not a member, I think. But I’m working on that. BC in 2009. It is at least 3 months old. Pours very black with a huge foamy tan head. Very strong aromas of toasted malt, anise, chocolate, coffee? Full bodied with smooth carbonation. There’s a strong brown candy/treacle component. Plus dark malt, lots of chocolate, possibly coffee. There’s some nice hop bitter, arguably citrus. This is very flavorful. Arguably well balanced. Yummy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13475) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13290) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13235) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (12887) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (12883) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12717) - 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.

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