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RATINGS: 918   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.


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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2004
This beer poured black with no light penetration and formed a dark brown foamy head that left circular lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, coffee and chocolate is present with a hint of raisins. The flavor malt, coffee and burnt chocolate. The finish is fairly light for this style with a touch of bitterness. Reminds me more of a chocolate porter than an imperial. So as imperials go, it is not the best representation, but overall, it is a good beer.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FestDecBeet (386) - - APR 18, 2015
Look: pours a dark black. Light tan head. Smell: hops. Nice sweetness. Slight coffee. Taste: dark chocolate. Citrus fruit. West oranges. Feel: medium carbonation. Nice bitterness on the back. Overall: nice American stout. First drank: home 4/18/15 Vintage: Feb 2015

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (3136) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2015
22 ounce bottle into snifter; bottled in 2/2015, 10.5%. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger fairly dense dark brown head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, dark bread, molasses, raisin, cherry, licorice, grapefruit, citrus rind, pine, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt and moderate citrus/piney hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, dark bread, molasses, raisin, cherry, licorice, grapefruit, citrus rind, pine, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Good amount of roast/char and piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, dark bread, molasses, raisin, cherry, licorice, grapefruit, citrus rind, pine, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of big dark/roasted/bready malt and citrus/piney hop flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness and hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice fresh Russian imperial stout style. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and citrus/piney hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Canmoore (308) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2015
Pours jet black, and a fluffy tan head. Aroma includes chocolate, coffee, fertilizer, clove, banana, and roasted oats. Tasting notes include rich chocolate, coffee, nuts, woody tannins, and a slight bitter finish. Pretty good, but it Taste’s and smells a little to chemical for my taste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
moderrnlifeiswar (85) - Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2015
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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperTiti33 (734) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2015
Noire. Beau collet brun moka. Nez: grain torréfié. Vanille. Mélasse. Gingembre. Biscuit. Nougat. Bouche: très riche. Guimaulle. Sucré. Vanillé. Chocolat au lait. Biscuit. Excellente.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gripweed57 (882) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2015
On tap at Goodnight Irene’s in Wildwood, NJ. Opaque black color with a brief beige head that disapates quickly. Nose is dark malt with cocoa and dark roasted coffee. First sip is bittersweet cocoa, black cherries and mor roasted malts. Big and malty, with notes of resiny hops coming through in middle. Dried fruit in finish, with a hint of plum and raisin. Very typical of the style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Randy4Beer (319) - - MAR 27, 2015
An opaque, muddy body is crowned by a beautiful mocha head leaving the mug awash in picturesque lacing. The aromas are of cocoa nibs, dark chocolate, and a definite sting of black coffee. Nice, slightly sticky mouthfeel, with a definite swing towards bitter coffee grounds on the taste, rather than the chocolate of some other stouts I’ve experienced. I give it a slight ding, for a mild, hard to detect metallic finish, but it is there and keeping this one from scoring a 9. Would I drink it again? You know it.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (4089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Bottle with thanks to cocoapuph. Pours opaque black, medium brown head, dissipates fairly quickly, good lacing. Aroma is roasty, molasses, faint anise, cocoa. Medium sweet, medium bitter, molasses, perhaps a touch of bell pepper, cocoa, light anise. Full body, creamy mouthfeel.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RollE2k (45) - SWEDEN - MAR 20, 2015
*from old note* Bottle from systembolaget 2014, bottle probably from 2013 (10%) A lots of hops in both aroma and taste. Obvious sweetness, but still not to much for beeing a IS - rather well balanced. The bitterness is also there, but doesn’t stand out of the other tastes. A lot of coffee and chocolate in the taste, a beer you can sip on quite a while. Not unique, but really well composed flavors together.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
asheft (2655) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2015
Bottle. Spicy and resinous grapefruit aroma along with pine and strawberry. Opaque black with not quite clear, ruby highlights and a light brown cover that lasts. Chocolate and American hops flavour that is complex and balanced. Pine, grapefruit, dark chocolate, strawberry and assertive bitterness that balances the sweet, grainy malt. Medium full body, moderate carbonation, smooth.


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