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RATINGS: 480   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrockLanders (772) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2005
Picked up at the post office, chilled and drank immediately. 2005 bomber...pours a deep dark brown, almost all black with a nice dark beige medium sized head. Tons of choco-coffee roasted malts in the nose...very nice indeed. More of the same plus some dark fruitiness, vanilla, and nice hop notes add to a good balance in the flavor. A little more carbonated than expected..mixes well with the full mouthfeel along with the sense of an alcohol presence. Nice and bitter in the end. Well done---a very tasty IS. Big thanks to Rastacourere for this jewel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6231) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2005
2005 bottle (bomber). Head is initially average sized, fizzy, dark brown, fully diminishing. Body is opaque black (flashlight tested), bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted/burnt grain, coffee, dark chocolate), lightly hoppy (apricot), lightly yeasty (dough, earth), with a light note of vanilla. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Fairly nice, but fizzy, overly bitter, and has a pretty standard aroma. I love Phil’s brewing, but this one still needs some work. No idea how this got on the Top 50.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2007 Brewtopia ’05. This was all I heard it would be. Dark and inviting. dark head. Aroma of all the dark stuff, roasted chocolate malts and caramel. Coffee. Sweet at first then the bitter came out. Really nice stuff here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 18, 2005
Sampled at Brewtopia (ugh). Chocolate, molasses, vanilla, sweet cream, pine, orange, alcohol...this one has it all. Wonderfully black beer with a dense, brown, creamy head. Heavily sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter flavor becomes a moderately sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter finish. Nice combination of roasty and hoppy bitterness. Full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation and some (appropriate) alcohol. The bottom line is: every bit as good as advertised...And I poured my own sample, so, yippee! I should have consumed much, much more of this!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9170) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2006 Draft... Spring Brewtopia 2005... This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with a small, milky, well-tanned head. The nose is all chocolate, vanilla, espresso and black cherries. The flavor is big time malty and sweet up front with chocolate, espresso and excruciatingly bitter, burnt notes on the backside. Full-bodied with a mouthfeel of resin and sawdust. Lively carbonation. Lengthy, chocolatey, bitter-sweet finish. Way more bitter than sweet. Wonderful creation!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2005
On tap at Brewtopia ’05. First beer I tried on the night, and also my last. Probably the best beer sampled at the event. Rich black color with a small dark tan head. Nice dark roasted malt aroma with plenty of chocolate and a whiff of smoke. Somewhat sweet flavor of roasted malts, dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. Nice, thick chewy mouthfeel. Excellent!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
willblake (2653) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2005
04.16.05 Brewtopia ’05, Draught. Now this stuff was great! Maple-black pour; dark brown head. Choco-roaty with much pitch, caramelized fig. Unctuous as a beer can be. Really sweet on first sip, settles in to chocolate and roast - sharp hop bite to finish. Excellent balance, . Really thick. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 17, 2005
Brewtopia ’05. Poured dark black, brown with stong mocha coffee aroma. Taste was equally strong with a mix of mocha, espresso, chocolate malt and cream near the end. Very rich stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2005
Had this at Brewtopia I guess yesterday. Good Imperial Stout. Coffee, some chocolate and malt flavors. Finishes clean, and smooth. A good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 16, 2005
Sampled at Brewtopia 2005. What a find! Unfortunately served at refrigerator temperature, so I tried to account for that. Poured thick black with a creamy dark brown head. Strong aroma of roasted coffee, like it was being brewed next to me. Taste is heavy, heavy roasted coffee with a bitingly bitter finish. Alcohol is very well hidden. Nicely made strong coffee stout. Didn’t taste a lot of sweetness in this one, which may have been due to the temperature.

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