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RATINGS: 1293   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
Creamy and full-bodied, with a complex character from generous amounts of roasted, toasted, and caramel malts. For those who demand flavor, this is the perfect libation. Bronze Medal winner 2003 GABF, Gold Medal winner 2005 GABF.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2005 Re-rate A growlered version (courtesy of CaptainCougar) reveals an even milkier, more cholate infused thick shake. Yum! Maybe the best appearance I’ve even seen in a Stout.
A sensational pour. It goes beyond a 5. I can see the merit in this one, just a little too woody and roasted for me. Aroma was largely coffee and nuts. Flavor really is more for the coffee drinker (which I am not). Finish is dry and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFGrind (1949) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2004
The roasted, smoky aroma became evident immeadiatley after popping the cap. Poured a brown coffee color into the glass. Small light brown head remained to supply good lacing throughout the sampling. Flavor was deep with choclate, caramel and roasted malts. Also underllying coffee flavor that blended well with malts and hops. I paired my bottle with habanero cheese and Nam Yu flavored Chinese crackers. The heat of the habanero and smoke flavor of this Imperial Stout played off each other well. Siberian Night was the last bottle of my (05/04) Cleveland beer haul. I picked it up at Rozi’s thanks to bkelley68. If it wasn’t for him I would of passed over the bottle due to the cheesy label.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 24, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2006 Thanks to Rockinout for this. Pours a deep, very used motor oil color and consistency. Aroma is of roasted malts. Chocolate predominates, some fruity aromas also. Very full body. Tastes of roasted grain, perhaps slightly astringent. Hops are present and accompany the grains nicely. <P> Year old plus bottle sampled in Nov. 06. Deep black colored with a smallish light brown head. Decent lacing. Aroma is nicely chocolatey, coffee, some hops perhaps. Full bodied and oily mouthfeel, slight hints of alcohol. Chocolate rich flavors are really pleasant. Nice lower carbonation level, modest roasted malt and hop bitterness towards the finish. Damn tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2008 Re-rate takes it down a peg. Old numbers were Ar 8, App 5, Fl 9, Pal 5 OA 17. Smells like salami and coffee! Darker than Satan and also the thin head. Thick, heavy, smooth and lovely. This is the Mr. T of beers. Hints of coffee everywhere, big dark chocolate and that salami again. Hit me baby one more time!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TimE (4547) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 11, 2004
Quick dissipating dark brown head, the nose erupted like a volcano of coffee beans with hints of smoke, port and dark fruit. The body is full of roasted goodness and traces of dark fruit, but this is definitely a coffee beer, but not overly acidicly so. The finish is warm and pleasant with some bitter dark chocolate lingering in the mouth. Crappy label, but I want to try more from these guys.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Springslicker rocks for the tasting at the Chattanooga beer gathering! This beer pours a black as night color with a a small orange head that also had hints of hazy purple to it...very long lasting head however. The aroma is vanilla and chocolate with hints of cocoa, alcohol and maple syrup. There is little in the way of carbonation in this beer, which makes it an incredible mystery as to how it gave me so much head (yeah..har har!!!) The flavor is milk chocolatey with vanilla and caramel sweetness apparent. The finish is dry and creamy, with hints of milkiness. Good full and creamy mouthfeel...very pleasant!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2004
Do I take off marks for the lame label? Strong roasted coffee aroma and light smoke. Black with a light brown head. Starts slow and builds quickly. Strong finish. Big coffee flavour. Low alcohol presence. Sharp bitter chocolate building finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (2007) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - AUG 8, 2004
12oz. bottle: The beer pours out of the bottle very inky and thick, almost like oil. The beer is opaque: no light at all seems to get through it. There was only a small dark tan head, which dissapated almost immediately. The aroma is very sweet. Complex, although I can pick out hints of coffee, licorice and some subtle fruits. The initial taste has coffee notes up front. Some chocolate and hops come through on subsequant sips. Some roastiness also. Very Good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maddog (487) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2004
This beer left me in a quandry. For a stout, it was very good, but for an imperial, it fell short. It poured a very dark, opaque with a very dark tan head which was most impressive. However, the flavor was only a mild roastiness with sweet maltiness. The body was a trifle thin and left a little bit to be desired. For a beer to be rated this high, I was expecting something extraordinary, and this imperial was not. It was very good, but not worthy of a 100 or a top 10 rating.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 2, 2004
Cocoa, slight molasses, toffee, caramel malt (H); slight whisky / cask wood aroma and very dark fruits. Jet black with a brown head. heavily sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter finish. Heavy body, creamy texture, average carbonation. The bottom line is: incredibly sweet (good thing). Flavor is a little less impressive than the aroma in so far as complexity.

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