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RATINGS: 473   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Our rich, roasted black ale inspired by the strong stouts exported by Great Britain in the 1800's to the Russian Czar's court.

Editor's Note: ABV changed to 10.5% in 2008 (was previously 9.5%).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
charule (1009) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Voodoo barrel release thanks to stakem. Light vanilla choc aroma. Choc bitter taste. Killer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ReggieDunlap (3030) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Pours pitch black with a thick mocha head. Aroma has some slightly boozy dark fruit, notes of tobacco and molasses. Flavor follows suot and adds great smokey/charred notes and bitter dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with a bold, roasty finish that lingers and warms nicely. This is a helluva impy stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (1716) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2013
Bottle 750ml [2010]. Pours black with low beige head. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malt, fruits, bread, toffee, caramel. Taste is of chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, caramel. Palate: Full bodied. Sticky mouthfeel. Overall: Very nice. Serious beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (1183) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2013
Bottle shared by tom10101, thanks a lot! Pours a really, really dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, some sweetness. Taste is nicely roasted with a good sweetness (but not too much). Full bodied with a restrained carbonation (good). Great beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (4159) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2013
extra @ cascade + upright tasting sessions - ’coz we’re porks. pours very dark brown with small beige cap, some retention and lacing. cherries, roasted malts, mushrooms, soy, hint of smoke, bourbony and other interesting woodsy notes without it being barrel-aged (or is it?).. moderate to soft carbonation, medium body - oily, nice fruity cherries-peppery finish. most enjoyed it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle from Tom10101, thanks a lot! Pour is black with beige head. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malts, caramel, coffee, vanilla. Taste is roasted malts, fruity, caramel, coffee, vanilla, nice sweetness. Silky mouthfeel. Frull body and nice carbonation. Good drinkability. Very nice RIS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (2663) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle (750 ml). 2010 vintage. From Pier-Luc, thanks! Black with a small to medium beige head and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, cherries, molasses and vanilla. Taste is slightly to moderately sweet (really not that much for an RIS) with fruity notes, roasted malt, molasses, caramel, vanilla and light woodiness. Light bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium body. Good carbonation. Slightly dry mouthfeel. Interesting Imperial Stout that is complex, but also not too heavy and quite drinkable for the style. Nice fruity profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VT (1298) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 12, 2013
750 ml bottle shared with Tom and chums around bonfire. Pours black with a beige head. Some tartness in the aroma. Not so much else. Flavor is dark cherry, coffee, strong toffee, some saltiness. But just may be a bit too sweet. Hoppy finish, actually, very hoppy. Lots of coffee. Lots of grass. Good balance! Medium to strong body, sticky, heavy mouthfeel, average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
knickskicks (686) - - AUG 6, 2013
Black pour, creamy dark brown head with some red and purple hues. Nose is roasted malts, brown sugar, raisins, some veggies. Taste is burnt sugar, molasses, espresso, raisins. Thick creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (6030) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2013
750ml bottle shared by brew3crew, 2011 vintage, bottle 382 / 650. Black color. Nice darker brown colored head. Dark fruit, molasses in the flavor. Some raisin. Not a great flavor for an imperial stout. Some cardboard. Moderate bitter, moderate sweet taste, some alcohol sweetness. Big body, lightly sticky. Light carbonation. Big sweet, light burnt sugar aroma. Not my favorite RIS.

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