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RATINGS: 501   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jde123 (771) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2005
On tap at Blind Tiger in NYC. Pours very black with a thin white head. Enjoyable aroma and taste, espresso chocolate, all the good stuff one expects in a notworthy imperial stout. Almost too heavy for a spring evening, but I was the one who ordered it. Very good, very enjoyable. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2005
Dark with a brown head with really impressive sheeting. Nose has bitter chocolate and coffee with a raisin/molasses sweetness. Also nutty with a bit of noticeable alcohol. Flavor is dry and roasty up front, plenty of sweet dark chocolate. Rich. A good imperial stout, but nothing particularly unusual for the style here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2005
bottle provided by jimmacko4 at the jimmack invitational. pour is a solid black, so dark it not only blocks light, but seems to absorb it, topped by a tight layer of coffee colored creamy foam. aroma is rife with coffee, alongside some molasses. flavor was very rich and nicely balanced, starting with smooth almost burnt coffee, giving way to sweet chocolates and tailing off into a late hop bitterness. mouthfeel was thick and velvety, and although this was a 2005 vintage, i thought it was much fuller and smoother than the same vintage Dark Lork. thanks jim.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2005
22oz Bottle courtesy of Eyedrinkale. Opaque black with a creamy tan head. Not used motor oil thick but still thick. Roasted malt and sweetness in the aroma. Typical IS choco-coffee aromas and flavors. A nice IS but man o man the level of variation amongst ISs is close to zero. Full bodied though not as thick as others, which IMO is a good thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
Pours a pitch black color with a thin light brown head. Excellent aroma of roasted malt and dark chocolate. Excellent flavor of roasted and dark chocolate with a roasty, bitter finish. Full body with a dry mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Excellent stuff, Southampton did it again!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Bottle from jimmack at the Jimmack invitational gathering. Deep dark brown, tan head. Aroma is roasty with coffee, chocolate, and a touch of alcohol. Malty chewy, roasty coffee and chocolate flavors. Light hop/malt bitterness. Bitter dry finish. Slighty better than Santa’s Little Helper from PP.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Bottle. Tasted at a beer tasting at Jmmack. Deep dark brown in color with a nice tan head. Nice lacing. Chocolate coffee aroma. Chocolate and caramel notes. Raisiny. Very malty. Full bodied. Sweet tasting. Creamy and smooth. Roasty flavor. Well balanced beer. Enjoyable and drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2005 I tasted this in a blind tasting last Sunday and it came out # 10, out of 19 different Imperials. I noticed my score was fairly low considering the norm, so that, on top of the fact that I didn’t take notes at the blind tasting, Pdee and I cracked a bomber tonight and shared it. Perfect appearence for an Imperial, inky black, with a huge, creamy and fat head, which appears muddy brown in color. The aroma is fairly subtle, with coffee bean and mocha hints, a slight note of chocolate and sharp, resinous aroma hops. Flavors begin with sharp anise notes, which lead into light grape and vanilla flavors, followed by a slightly chocolatey and coffee malt finish. Yet it remains flooded with aroma and flavor hops, particularly on the finish, which delivers a bitter and citrusy finish, and completely manhandles the assumingly great malt finish. At first the mouthfeel was a bit fizzy but it tamed and settled and eventually ended up being quite nice. I usually love Southampton, but definately not this one.

8 Month old bottle: The agressive, crude hoppiness of the initial batch has tamed substancially, both in the aroma and the flavor, yielding a balanced hop character right now, whereas the original batch was way over the top. Opaque black color, with a full, light brown head. After the aroma hops subside, a rich malitiness overwhems the senses, with a coffee ground, fudge character, with hints of charred fruits. Still hints of hops in the aroma, albeit light. Flavor has improved in a shocking manner, revealing the magic that the agressive hop rate concealed. An array of gummy, charred fruits and chocolate blanket, while the finish leads into a lightly alcoholic and lightly bitter hop finish. This really had molded into a classy drink. I look forward to seeing further improvement, but, unfortunately, my original fresh bottle rating still stands. 8/4/9/4/17

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2005 Bottle. Great aroma of vanilla and hints of chocolate and roasted malts. Color is opaque with a thin brown head. Taste is big vanilla, sweetness, chocolate. Perfect finish is long, hoppy, delicious. Mouthfeel is soft, velvety. This is pretty much what I look for in an IS- I feel the hops and the mouthfeel were spot on. Had it in a blind tasting and though it was DM’s Imperial. Wow. Easily one of my all time favorite imperial stouts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 12, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2005 Pours a dark black with a tan head. Nice lacing throughout the experience. Smells of roasted malt with slight elements of honey, coffee and chocolate present. Taste is of gourmet fresh coffee beans, dark high end french cooking chocolate, caramel, raisins, and a touch of berries. Very thick mouthfeel and an excellent finish. Definitely one of my favorite local beers.

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