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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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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


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7131) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 21, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2004 Completely opaque darkness with a 3/4" well-lacing tan head. Very rich complex aroma of sweet caramel and roasted malts, brown sugar, black berries, and a hint of oaky tartness. Starts rich and caramely sweet with a full, syrupy mouthfeel and a touch of smoke. Plum, molasses, and milk chocolate lead to a robust, lingering roasted coffee finish. Hides its alcohol very well and is tremendously balanced with a thick complex sweetness and moderate hoppy bitterness. Many thanks to jeffc666 for hooking me up with a growler of this gem!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9120) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2007 Draft... This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, tan head. Espresso, licorice, cherries, alcohol and dark chocolate notes in the aroma. The flavor offers blasts of burnt and bitter coffee and chocolate. Very malty and not-quite-balanced... but darned close. Quite a feat for a big ABV beer... 10.8%, according to the beer board. Full-bodied with lively carbonation. Lengthy, bitter-sweet, burnt finish. World class imperial stout!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2004 Persistent velvety tan head and opaque muddy black body. Big coffee, chocolate and rum raisin notes in the nose. Flavor is of chocolate, espresso, cherries and rum raisin... big time. Very creamy and tasty. This imperial stout has the nice bitter, creamy, chocolatey, tangy combination that I really like. Other offerings from this brewery struck me as rather banal but this is clearly exceptional.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Another yummy stout. Beautiful head and pour. My only complaint was the malt should of been stronger for this imperial. Too much alcohol in the flavor... but still a damn fine beer

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2004
Absolutely fantastic imperial stout. Deep dark black appearance. So easy to drink. A beautiful blend of malt and sweetness. Hints of cotton candy.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Incredible Imperial Stout!!! Pours a deep black with a dark brown head. Aroma is very nice and roasty with an alcohol presence. Taste is of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and hops. Very chewy and delicious with the perfect amount of sweetness. Mouthfeel is very full, round and beautifully thick. Highly recommended! One of the best imperial stouts Ive ever had.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SeamusNeko (45) - Anacostia, Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2004
Setting: Served in a sample glass at the Michael Jackson Beer Tasting held at RFDs. Appearance: Ruby-tinged black topped by a dark brown head which quickly dissipated to a film and a ring. Wee blobs and specks of lacing were left on the glass. Aroma: Black espresso, dark chocolate, and bitter prunes. Very dense and dark. Flavor: Earthy and robust dark malts with wackloads of burnt, espresso, and bittersweet dark chocolate flavors. Long lasting aftertastes. Nummers Palate: Thick and chewy with a slight alcoholic burn on the finish. Overall: A sipper for sure, but definitely one to have as a night cap. Righteous.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2004
Dark with a thin bubbly head. Smells of cocoa and chocolate, a bit sweet. ABV is quite well-masked, not strong-tasting at all. Has a bit of chocolate and a slight scotch character. Finish nicely dry. One of the better offerings I've had from Sweetwater.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 8, 2003
Dark brown with a lovely quickly dissipating nut-brown head. Alcohol and butterscotch aromas. Alcohol and roasted-coffee flavors dominate. Great Imperial Stout.

4
   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.


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