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RATINGS: 498   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%).



4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (3801) - 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 (12147) - 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 íol 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 Southamptonís 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 Iíve had with more than a few imps. but I wonít 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 (3055) - 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 (5555) - 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 didnít like. Otherwise, it was dry, roasty w/ a clean finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (4158) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 29, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2006 2005 bottle generously opened by Eyedrinkale on 8/19/05 and drank by me the next morning for breakfast. Thick, inky black-brown colored beer, highly unfiltered and still pours a lovely tan head, well-retained and full of lacing. Smells quite restrained, dosent blow you away with hops or coffeeish roasted malt. Light anise, spanish coffee, prunes, raisins and a light milk chocolate. A bit of dry, earthy yeast in there too, with dry peanut brittle and green hops (herbal-floral, with just a touch of minty bitterness). Pleasant but dosent make me jump out of my seat and scream. First thing I notice upon drinking it, is how soft, milky-smooth and drinkable it is. Oily, rich fudgey chocolate and light roastiness. Hops come out on the end, with a green bitterness and flavorful, leafy, almost fruity and lightly herbal (mint, wintergreen). Towards the bottom of the bottle, gets a bit gritty, which I love, due to how unfiltered it is. A bit dulled towards the bottom of the bottle too, no doubt from the sediment. Only light fruit flavors emerge in this one, much less than in most other popular examples of the style. I really like that this is not overdone with hops bitterness and has more than just roast and dark chocolate. Itís a refreshing and drinkable take on the style. As the flavors build up on the palate, light black coffee from the salty roast really get intriguing, adding a touch of smokiness. Alcohol is well-concealed throughout the entire bottle. Moderate carbonation, perhaps too much for my liking. Itís wonderful that it isnít overdone, but just being not overdone does not a top50 beer make, in my book, anyways. Thanks again Mike.


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