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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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
walleye (1067) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2005
was at my favorite brewery(Kuhnhenn) with wohlfs. flemdawg, hoppybunny and eyedrinkale. thanks go to eyedrinkale for bring this wonderful beer in a growler to the brewery. poured black with no head lost most of the carbonation but that did not affect the aroma or taste of this beer. aromadark mollasses, dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, hints of alcohol. favor bitter sweet chocolate, vanilla, coffee, hints of smoke, ana a nice touch of alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2005
On tap at the Publick House: This one is extremely black and very thick. Lots of chocolate malt but the big dominant ingredient is Roasted barley. THis one has so much roasted and coffee like flavors. It was exceptionally smooth as well, with jsut enough bittering hops to balance the rediculous amounts of malt but not so much as to make it harsh, or too bitter. This one is a beast. Sooo much better than Storm King. Iíd even go as far as saying this is quite a bit better than Stone IRS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - FEB 20, 2005
From a growler about a week old and opened twice. Deep black hole black! Very small brown head, little carbonation. Huge rich malt aroma. Coffee and chocolate all over this one. Full bodied, smooth as satin. Alcohol and light smoke blend nicely. Fantastic even after a long arduous journey to Michigan. Huge thanks to Eyedrinkale!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Big thanks to Eyedrinkale (and once again Captaincougar). Poured black and oily. Aroma was very roasty with plenty of coffee and chocolate. Chocolate flavor that faded out cleanly leaving a long roasted lightly bitter finish. Creamy full body and some warming in the throat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Bottle #900 (hand bottled by egajdzis) pours black as night, viscous, with a large dark brown foamy head. † Looks the biz. † Big cocoa nose, with soft roasted malts, graham cracker, and apple peel. † Very soft alcohol notes as well. † Flavor is hugely cocoa, quite sweet, yet with a fruity sourness. † Big body, with a fairly thick mouthfeel. † The 9.5% ABV is not noticable. † Quite smooth. † Finishes with a large chocolate/cocoa flavor, roasted malts, and a slight apple/pear skin flavor. † Very good stuff! † Thanks goes out to egajdzis for hand bottling this stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
egajdzis (5384) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2005
UPDATED: APR 29, 2005 Poured opaque black as night with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of port, cherries, raspberries, smoke, chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste of chocolate and roast, more vinous qualities, certainly a little bit of tar, with a superb mouthfeel. Finishes with light, dry, alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (4959) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2012 [Have had several more vintages since initial rating - still a great beer, but no as close to perfection as my initial impressions] Perfect appearance - the darkest black Iíve ever seen a beer, with a burnt brown, sticky lace - enticing aroma of port, vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon - mildly sweet to start, with an abundance of cocoa qualities, easing into major vinous flavors, giving it the most port-like quality Iíve ever experienced in a beer - all the flavors one would expect in a world-class imperial in all the right places (Iím sure I donít have to list them here) - moderate hops in the finish add a bit of dryness that compliments the cocoa well and keeps the beer from becoming cloyingly sweet - wow, excellent stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DYCSoccer17 (3345) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 31, 2005
Cask @ CT Real Ale Festival. The gem of the festival. 8 oz sample. Lots of raisins in the nose with lots of choco-coffee malts and maybe a touch of booze. I sniffed this beer till I got lightheaded. Gorgeous aroma. Inkly opaque pitch black color with no head..perhaps this was due to the cask? Very roasted chocolate notes to start with hints of raisin and licorice. Finishes sweet with lots of coffee as well. One of the best imperial stouts I have ever had@!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2005 2002 bottle courtesy of Phil. Black as night with a smallish tan head. You can smell the roasted malt as you pour this liquid gold into the glass. First sip is silky smooth with chocolate and coffee mingled beautifully with a light bitter hoppiness coating the tongue. Completely balanced without being too sweet. Nice warming alcohol burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2004
2002 version- Really dark and very yummy. Alcohol burn with bitter chocolate and roasted taste. Black liquid gold. :)

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