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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
an exceptionally rich, powerful stout in the style originally brewed in England for the Tsars of Russia...warming and complex with flavors of dried fruit & chocolate...a silver medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO in September ‘01

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2003
A very nice beer. The nose consists of alcohol, roasted malts, nutty, chocolate aromas. Deep dark brown/black in color. Small tight brown head, Very nice flavors, roasted malts, fruity, alcohol. Alcohol is more noticable in the finish. Big-bodied and chewy. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2003
(cask RAF 03) Classic imp stout. Very dark. Chocolate/port/plum flavors. Very rich. Nice and roasted. Good fruit flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Cask at the RAF 2003: Right away the aroma is more complex than all of the other Imperial Stouts I sampled as the fest. Thickly roasted with sweet alcohol. Warm chewy raisins, sweet plums offer a wonderful velvety mouthfeel. Thickly coats the mouth and lingers there, to taste again and again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 7, 2003
YUMMMmmmm, the obvious king of Imperial Stouts at 2003's RAF! Big mix of aromas that didn't disappear in the taste! Milky with raisins and figs. Big 9.5%abv was well masked. Big toffee and bitter end. Great lingering aftertaste of rum and plum and chocolate soy milk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (988) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2003
A fruitier, more complex aroma and malt flavor than any other Imperial I had at the RAF...Malt begins with toffee, a bit of roastedness and develops a dark fruit character. Malt starts somewhat like a barleywine before fading into chocolate malt. Moderate hops. Smooth, great balance, the best of the style at the fest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jaymobrown (1840) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2003
Had this cask at the RAF and what I remember most is the milk-like feel. One of the more enjoyable beers. Had the roasted coffee taste with some fruit flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2003
cask (RAF): Definitely put the other imperials to shame at the real ale fest...it dripped from the cask blacker than Tupac and sat in the glass spitting forth deep dark chocolate fumes raped by raisins, sour plums and figs..then drenched in coffee..almost hitting vinous qualities at times..The mouthfeel was THICK, like it should be..super tasty chocolate oozing fudge sprinkled with a complex intertwinement of raisins and plums..representing true Imperial Standards

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2003
My favorite Imperial Stout from the Real Ale Fest. Dark and full with plenty of flavor. Roasted, toasty and thick. Coffee, chocolate, sweet fruits and vinous notes, vanilla and a touch of wood. Nice balance of sweet and roasted character. Deserving winner of the Gold Medal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2003
Dark black color with no head. Smoky, mildly fruity aroma. Bourbon-y aroma and flavor. Yummy, buttery rich, like I imagine a hot toddy would be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2005 (2/9/05 -- cask) Black body with no head. Aroma is medium sweet, chocolate, vinous. Taste is moderately sweet, strong dark chocolate. Very smooth full body. Yummy! (7/4/8/5/16). (1/17/03 -- aged in a J.W. LEE Harvest Ale cask) Black body with no head. Mildly sweet aroma, woodsy, hint of port. Sweet taste, with good bitterness. No carbonation, but the richness compensates somewhat. Very nice imperial stout. (7/4/9/3/17).

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