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RATINGS: 484   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
willblake (2654) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 14, 2005
22 oz bottle consumed all by my lonesome. Inky motor-oil pour with a cloud of whipped mocha mousse topping it, could not be more beautiful....thick leathery bitter chocolate-espresso burns and invigorates the nose...rich mocha-espresso-drenched caky body, mixed bitter-sweetness beautifully balanced, touches of vanilla and raisins as it warms....beautifully silky-smooth body competes with roasty harshness. An IS that balances the bitter extremes (McNeills) and the sweet (Dark Lord) extravagantly well...above average even for this great brewery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 12, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2006 Chocolate-cocoa and a fairly strong roastiness in the massive and appealing aroma. Opaque black body is topped with a generous dark brown head that recedes to thick and lasting cover while coating the glass. Strong chocolate flavour has moderate roastiness and some dark fruits. Overall sensation is a pleasant transition from sweet through to bitter, almost burnt flavours. Medium-full body is very dry and well-attenuated with moderate carbonation. Extrememly well-made and enjoyable to savour with friends. Just when I though I was getting fed-up with imperial stouts, this one proves me wrong. Stem glass, allowed to warm from fridge temp. Bottle (Half Time, Mar. 2005) enjoyed with MRomero548, Olivier, Rastacouere and Taktik_MTL. After many resamplings, I can only add that this could be the cream of the crop... (Bumped up overall score by two points).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TaktikMTL (5922) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2005
Bouteille de 22 oz dégustée chez Tiggmtl en compagnie de Rastacouere et MrRomero548. Arôme: Odeur de café, de cacao et d’anis. Apparence: Couleur noire opaque. Col moyen de couleur chocolat au lait. Fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café torréfié. Durée de l’arrière goût moyen. Palette: Corps plein. Carbonisation moyenne. Arrière goût de café. (Rating #124)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - APR 11, 2005
UPDATED: APR 14, 2005 Bottle: pours pitch black with a big brown head. Big roasty aroma, slight sourness. Flavor is of malt and chocolate with a touch of coffee. Somehwat acidic finish and bitter. Very good. Thanks to tiggmtl, Olivier, Rastacouere and Taktik_MTL.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2005
UPDATED: APR 14, 2005 660mL. Black like tar, massive very dark bron head, still leaving an honest 1cm sheet of foam after half an hour. Not mindblowing, but efficient aroma, typical for a quality imperial stout. Highly roasted malt, burnt even reminds of roasted pumpernickel, anise seeds and cocoa. Complex flavor profile, it has pretty much what you want from an impy and I can see many people sitting on a table and shooting any rare or not textbook imperials flavors out. Intense tar reminiscent taste with very understated dark berries, dates and various fruit notes. Roastiness comes out really strong and procures a heavy dryness. After having quite a few impies, I still don’t know if I prefer a sweet or a dry one, but this one is dry all the way yet the high level of hops are displayed on the tongue sparingly, with a vegetal, peppery subtlety rather than citric harshness. Finishes almost ashes like, long. Texture is rather atypical in that it is strongly carbonated while at the same time creamy and full bodied with a sensuous velvet feel. A winner among a winner lienup. This is the kind of beer to which I could give a 3.8 today and a 4.5 tomorrow. Though I still prefer some of their belgians, consider this as good a representation of its style as the baltic porter is. Rich yet right on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8024) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 30, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2005 The Lure:
Subtle but rich roastiness covers a few blackberries and burnt toast. Chocolate develops when the glass reaches near-room temperature, but all in all, attraction resides in the unpretentious knowing of what is to come.

The Festivities:
Vivifying malt roastiness and satisfying dark chocolate unite without much personality save for the usual superbly classy flavor presentation for which Markowski is known for. Carbonation level is a tad higher than average for the style and exhibits the slight lack of sweetness of the malt, while perfectly increasing the drinkability of this black emperor. The semi-big bubbles discover some woody undertones and highlight the medium roasty bitterness and (imaginary?) green hop bitterness. Alcohol is nowhere to be tasted, this is definitely in the same flavor profile family as our local Bièropholie Imperial Stout.

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