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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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To appeal to the hard drinking populace of Czarist Russia, English brewers developed this very strong (9% abv) and rich style of beer. Black and viscous, and heavily hopped, it became a favorite of the Imperial court, from which it takes its name.
2011 vintage - 9.0% abv


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Pours pitch black with a darker tan head. That sweet malty nose abounds here. Flavor is strong malts with a perfume tone. Personally I think it detracts from the brew overall. Does have a nice roasted aspect to it. Feel is thick, but the general drinkability suffers from a lack of balance here. The imperial stouts really have to show some character, and this one just doesn’t come through as much as others do.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2007
GABF 2007. Dark black color with some mildly transparent cola hues and a firm head of creamy tan. Gentle dark malt aroma that is saturated with English toffee, milk chocolate fudge, and vanilla bean. Certainly full of nice mid-malt notes, and not overly roasty or burned in the nose. Full bodied, creamy carbonated mouthfeel. A bit more firm in the mouthfeel than the nose, bringing out flavors of dark chocolate and French roast coffee before finishing with a bitter hop finish and some lightly tannic coffee beans. Quite nice, although I’d like to see some of the softer malt notes come through more on the palate like they did in the nose.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2007
GABF 2007: Poured an opaque black color with a brown head. The aroma had a nice roasted malt with no coffee notes (I’m not saying that in a bad way). Hint of dark chocolate. The flavor was roasty and sweet. Full of flavor with a hoppy pine finish. Full mouthfeel.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Date: 10/11/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, GABF
Words: New Hope PA

black, fine tan head, lightly sweet dark chocolate and roasted aroma, rich dry dark chocolate flavor, bitterness from the dark chocolate, light roast for balancing bitterness,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keepersj12 (2679) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2007
I had this on tap in Philly as a cask conditioned stout. They have a special every First Thursday of the month where they debut their specials. Just great.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Draft at Philly. Near black with a small head. Good lacing. Taste of liquorice and chocolate. Bitter flavor hops. Bitter, grainy finish. A bit warm for the hotness of the day. But it is decidedly a good brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2007
Philly, nitrogenated imperial stout!? that’s a first. I gotta say i’m not hating it. The aroma definitely suffers because of that. Chunks of dark chocolate and some smokey malts. i was a little distracted because i was wasted by the end of it and i was staring at a bunch of hot chicks. black with a delicious tight bubble brown head.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2371) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2007
Cask at the NJ Brewpub. Dense good sized head of dark brown bubbles. Head lasts for an eternity. Roasty, chocolaty, little bit of dark fruit in the aroma. Very dark brown in color with a hint of red. Silky smooth flavor. A little bit of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and some more ripe dark fruit. Hides its alcohol very well. Rich, roasty finish that warms as it goes down. Some damn good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
coldbrewky (1423) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2007
Pours like 6500 mile oil drained from my old Cordoba. Looks similar too. Black with opaque resish at sides of glass. Rich bold chocolate malt with patent bitterness and coffee. 11% lets you know its there and upstages the hops. Head faded quickly and faint laceing. Good with goulash.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2007 Black pour with sizable tan head. Strong malt aroma with coffee and alcohol in the nose. Roasted dark coffee, chocolate, and a good deal of alcohol in taste - alcohol taste drops it down a few notches. One of those Impy stouts that could surely benefit from some time. Overall, pretty good. Re-rate from Philly location: 2nd try was much smoother and roastier. My understanding is that the guy @ Philly is a better craftsman than the brewmaster at New Hope.


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