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Triumph Imperial Stout
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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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1724) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2006
On tap, Princeton. Pours black, with a brown head. Roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Flavors are roasted malt, chocolate, and smoke. Body is a little too light.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2006
Cask at P-town. Pours a rick deep black with ruby highlights. Nice thick tan head that lasted the whole way through. Aroma is fruity and estery, balanced with lots of roasted barley hints of coffee, chocolate and a fair amount of star anise-licorice. Thick smooth oily body with nutty, fruity and roasted flavors. Light burnt malt profile with lots of sweet caramel and nice acrid bitterness yet still remains smooth as silk. This is the 8.5% version. I came here seeking out this beer, but was even more surprised by the roggenbock they had just put on.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2006
On cask at Princeton. Black with a fairly large, creamy tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, light smoke and a bit of nuttiness. Mild roasted malt flavor with some dark chocolate and a bit of lactic sourness. Nice full, creamy mouthfeel that was probably partially due to it being on cask.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2006
on cask at princeton. ABV was listed at 8.5 so I am thinking this has to be a different recipe, or the 11 % listed here on RB has to be a mistake. Anyway, pours black as night with a light brown head. Aroma of roast, coffee, chocolate, some alcohol. Taste is roasty, nice and chewy body, chocolate, with a hoppy and roasty bitter finish. perfect beer for the cask.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcwattsrugger (11233) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2006
on tap-pours a rich, lasting light brown head that laces. Black in color. Aroma is malt, chocolate, alcohol, licorice. Taste is malt, coffee, licorice. Full bodied. Nice, not my taste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jdjuice (339) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - DEC 27, 2005
Very similar to their Coffee and Cream Stout from what I remember. Almost suspiciously so... Anyway, pours an opaque black with tan thick head, taste is strong and sweet with coffee and chocolate dominating. I thought the palate was balanced nicely, had a good creaminess to it. By far the best at Triumph.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Tap in Princeton. Much lighter version apparently. Poured dark brown with an overly foamy tan head. Foam took away from the aroma which had chocolate, espresso, coffee, caramel and smoke. Roasted coffee and chocolate tastes were pleasant and got stronger as it went down. Palate was creamy but a bit watery.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2005
Strong soy, chick peas, black beans and chocolate in the aroma. Opaque black body with a dense and lasting brown head that recedes to cover and coats the glass. Very sweet chocolate up front with strong notes of rubbing alcohol. Hot, medium full body with fair carbonation and sticky texture. Sampled on tap at the Pennsylvania location of the brewpub with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Rastacouere and Yowie.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2005
Pours a deep black color with a thin light brown head that sticks to the glass. The aroma is mostly sweet with some roastyness. The flavor is very sweet with soy, roasted malt and fruity esters. The body has a light to medium thickness with an oily texture and soft carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2005
On tap at the New Hope location:

The Lure:
Soy sweetness and roasted malt shyness slowly rise from the bed of dates and raisins they were bathing in. Black beans are evoked strangely, and overall this isn’t appealing enough for the style.

The Festivities:
Coffee beans and dark chocolate evolve into a strong back bitterness which diversifies the forceful sweetness. Flavors appear muddled for now, maybe this is a little too young for my tastes in the style. Not a top notch example imho, but a big and fun hunk of malt sweetness for those who like that.

Transcendence:
I never could eat all my candy at Halloween.


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