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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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Big, rich, roasty, slightly sweet, and black as night. English brewers in the 18th and 19thcenturies made an extra-strong stout for export to Russia and the Baltic. Ours is brewed in that tradition, smooth and warming.


1.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
GT2 (8684) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Tap at Library Alehouse in Santa Monica, CA. Dark pour with medium coffee foam. Wispy lacing. Odd red apple nose, red apple skin, plastic, toilet. Taste is heavy red apple skin, heavy apple skin tannins, extremely mealy. Shockingly not good at all.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DedicatedToFun (2951) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Intense imperial stout, strong chocolate and coffee dark insane, get ready to rumble with this

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 7, 2012
Tap in Brea. Rating #23. Finally getting to try this one after years of missing it. Dark black with a tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate and light coffee roast with an underlying sweetness. Flavor is dark chocolate and sweet roast, damn tasty. (2315)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Blairgus (2687) - California, USA - APR 5, 2012
5 apr 2012, tap at Taps. Black. Nose is huge espresso and tobacco. Med body and a tad fizzy. Really black coffee, tobacco, slight alcohol, very butter chocolate bitterness finish. Great.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4695) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 9, 2011
black. Smells like a black velvet glove in the night. Alcohol and a rich velvet chocolate rum and alcohol pudding. Intense complex sweet tasty   Well done  hints of licorice

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (3416) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 13, 2011
Sampled at the brewery. It pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is mostly dark chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. The flavor is a bit green with some sweet chocolate, caramel, and a roasted coffee finish with some strong notes of ethanol. The body seemed a bit weak.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
That1Guy (1945) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Found a partial keg of this and tapped the bitch. Crushed with some bras at OB. Nice brew. Pours a kinda transparent black with a tan, very fluffy head. Pretty sweet and dark fruity brew. Very drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 20, 2010
On tap. Pours with a tan head that stays over a black body. Fruity, dark fruit, fig, chocolate, vanilla aromas. Sick lace. Flavors of chocolate, cocoa powder, vanilla, dark fruits, creme de menthe. Creamy carb.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4483) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 11, 2010
On cask at Stone Bistro. Dark dark brown pour, very small tan head.. almost still, which I am sure is due to the hand pump. A lot of fruit in the aroma, with dark roasted malts. In the flavor the fruit is much more subtle, mostly cocoa, roasted malt, light smoke, and a touch of vanilla. Good, but a little thin for an imp stout.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
brokensail (11300) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 8, 2010
A: The pour is a very dark brown color with some ruby red highlights when held to the light. S: The nose is primarily of roasted malt with a nice coffee aroma and some mild bitter chocolate. T: The flavors mimic the nose for the most part. The roasted malt and coffee stand out the most. The beer has a strong taste of ethanol which really ruins it. M: The body is on the thin side for an imperial stout. The carbonation is low, and appropriate, but the beer is hot on the tongue despite being only 8%. D: The strong ethanol/solventy quality of the beer just about ruins it. I had a hard time drinking the few ounces of my tasting glass.


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