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RATINGS: 506   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerprincess (52) - Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Thick, deep, really dark. Has a tan head and a great lace.Reminds me of motor oil by the color and the pour. A hint of smoky, mocha nose. The palate felt thick like motor oil but tasted great. It was bitter at first but really came through with chocolate in the end. The lingering finish was the best part of the beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Beatiful thick, deep tan head that lingers and lace that clings to the side. Pours like motor oil. Nice roasty, bitter chocolate mocha nose. Thick viscous liquid in your mouth, nice bittering upfront , than mouthfuls of chocolate and toasty marshmellows Alcohol is well hidden and finish lingers for a minute.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2541) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Bottled from a growler. Thin dark brown head of fine bubbles. Soft slightly sweet aroma with fresh cut grass, pumpkin innards and a little smoke. Quite strange actually. Black in color with maybe a hint of red along the edges. Very fresh taste. Smokey, big roasted grains, charcoal and dark coffee are all present. Dry and very smooth palate. Maybe some fruit in there also. Bitter roasty finish. Great stuff but I not your typical Impy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2006
2005 bomber courtesy of Noah (htsprint1). Enjoyed on the evening of Edwards (brooklynboy) surprise tasting alongside 25 other highly rated stouts. Onto the beer: This epitomizes all that an imperial stout should be, an exemplar of the East Coast style. Notes of barrel agedness come across on the nose and palate, and a hint of tobacco as well. Clove, Italian roast coffee, and a rich mouthfeel make this an incredible experience. Wonderful, and a big thanks to Noah.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2014 2005 bomber. Pours a motor oil black color with an immense brownish beige head. Aroma is of roasted coffee, malt,dark chocolate,prunes and smoke. Flavor is rich dark chocolate,roasted coffee,cocoa, and liquid smoke. Excellent taste and flavor for this hard to find gem. 2/16/08 On draft at the Southampton Publick House. Pours a pitch black with a medium light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and oats. Taste of roasted malts, chocolate and smoke. Leaves a charcoal aftertaste. Excellent !! aroma 8 appearance 4 flavor 8 palate 4 overall 17 total 4.1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3466) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2006
22 oz bottle 2005 A nice head of light brown comes from this one as its poured. Opaque black body. Roast malt, coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Smooth and rich mouth feel deliver a well balanced brew that coats the tongue. A bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Nicely balanced and it hides its alcohol completely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13314) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2005
(22oz bottle, vintage 2005, thanks Barry) Medium dark brown head atop an oily black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, rich chocolate, espresso, some roast, light vanilla. Taste is moderately sweet, roasty chococoffee, some lactose. Some hops in the background lend a semblance of balance, but truly this is about the malts. Smooth medium-full body that holds the alcohol quite well -- I was amazed at how quickly I downed this one.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (4082) - 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.

   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...

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