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RATINGS: 479   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%).



4.5
   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).

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TaktikMTL (5765) - 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)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1975) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6130) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7811) - 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.

Transcendence:
The simple masculinity inherent in broiling meat.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivo (2566) - GERMANY - MAR 17, 2005
CASK: Woody nose with a hint of peat. Dark jet black color. Deep roasted malts with hints of chocolate and licorice. Coffee-like bitter end turning to charcoal. Think and heavy body. Silky texture. The alcohol stays in the background but intensifies the flavors and warms the throat going down. This is really quite an amazing beer.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2005
tap @ blind tiger ale house .damn dis smells like some beastness, mad coco coffee tones in da noise the taste is like super Esspresso coconess like some super stout reallysmooth this is Primo shit

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YogiBeera (2475) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Cask: Nice licorice, rasted and woody malt nose. Nice dark brown color. Nice silky texture. Goes down smooth. Light sweetness accomplished by some hoppiness and a light alcohol taste - roasted nuts taste, coffee beans. Long lasting aftertaste. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2005 RE-RATE, 3/18/05 On tap at the Barcade, Brooklyn. Go there and try this now if you’re in Brooklyn! poured way too cold, they don’t know what they’re doing to this top beer. black body, dark tan thin creamy head that disappeared before I could tip the bartender. at first was too cold for aroma, so I played a game of "Tempest" and "Beserk". nose is roasted malt, cocoa, smoke. high carbonation. flavor is salty, licorice, and roasted malt. ORIGINAL RATING, 3/1/05: from a hand capped bottle via eyedrinkale to egajdzis. dark brown to black color, dark tan foamy/creamy head. smokey dark roasted malt nose. chocolate malt aroma too. flavor is a little smokey, dry porter-like. lively carbonation, flavor is chocolate malt, faint hops. alcohol heat in the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Bottle thanks to egajdzis: Dark brown, near black with a dark brown head. Probably the darkest head I had seen to date. Aroma is smokey licorice, grapes, spice, roasted malt. Taste is carrot, licorice, grape, grapefruit, chocolate, mocha, coffee, roasted malt. Finishes hoppy, dry, and with bitter chocolate. Silky-smooth, velvet-like palate.


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