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RATINGS: 499   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%).



3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Courtesy of Pailhead. Pours opaque black with beige head that fades to wispy film. Very carbonated stout. Aroma has tons of chocolate up front, fades to bitter coffee. Flavor is all bitter coffee with some cocoa and roasted grain. Too much coffee for my taste.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (3892) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2005
100% opaque, very dark head, all looking the way it should be. Salami, roasted malts, and smoke. Intense intense flavor with a very good chocolate finish. Vigorous palate, rich but still revealing some carbonation. Excellent in limited quantities, this is a Imperial Stout of the first order.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2005
2005: Pour is black with a thin skin of a dark brown head...smell is smokey and toasty...smoked meat indeed...taste is sweet and mildly toasty with some chocolate, smoke, light coffee...nice...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 (Bottle) Pours think oily black body with a small light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and smoked meat. Flavor of roasted malt and chocolate with a bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Bottle. Nose-smoked pork, jerky. Taste-big ’ol wallop of metal, bacon, smoked ham, charred oak, port like notes. Lots of smokey and roasty notes all over htis bad boy. Some baking powder, coffee, and grit come out in the end.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrt (62) - USA - NOV 22, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 This is one STOUT stout! Thick and sour with generous chocolate and burnt coffee flavors. Go for it...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2007 As much as I like Southampton’s Belgium beers, this one was a slight disappointment. I like the aroma, very burnt, full of chocolate and coffee. Opaque black color, small brown head. Flavor was fairly acidic and somewhat alcohol hot. Two problems I’ve had with more than a few imps. but I won’t have expected that from Southampton. Finish is alcohol dry and tart.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (3128) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Was a little disappointed in this beer. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Taste was of chocolate and coffee. Somewhat fizzy and tart, which I did not enjoy.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (5747) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Crosling via trade. Excellent aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla cream, and roasted grain. Pours a dark brown, no transparency, with a nice tan head that lasts a minute or so. Initial flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, and roasted grain. Finishes with a roasted coffee bitterness. Mostly creamy mouthfeel with a touch of fizziness. Cafe mocha aftertaste. Gets a tad more maltier as you get to the bottom of the bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 9, 2005
2005 Bottle Pours blackish with a thin cocoa-puff colored head. The aroma is a bit subdued: a hint of malt & chocolate When I took a sip, I initially got a tart taste on the tip of my tongue, which I didn’t like. Otherwise, it was dry, roasty w/ a clean finish.


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