This is a big, thick stout. Imperial stouts were first brewed in Britain for the Imperial court of Katherine the Great in czarist Russia. A big, assertive beer was called for to satisfy their wintery palates. The alcohol level and flavor presence in imperial stouts reflect that. They are huge, alcoholic beers that assault your palate with chocolate and roast malt flavors.
NachlamSie (2542) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint at the brewpub. Pours near black with very little head. A few sniffs and sips make me think "imperial stout light". There is roast and cacao in the aroma, but not like the description would lead me to believe. I do get a little espresso and sweeter hints. The body is medium heavy. More espresso in the flavor with caramelized notes. This is missing the extra body and oomph normally in the style. The finish is not as hearty or lingering as I would like. It still tastes good.
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