RATINGS: 223   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A truly Imperial stout with a touch of honey for smoothness, the flavor impact of a strong espresso, and a high final gravity.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (17132) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2000
For being a mellow example of the style, this is seriously tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (14277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2004
Malty and coffee aroma. Large tan frothy head that last to the finish. Coffee, chocolate and malt flavor, but not as complex and lasting as other Grant's beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (14106) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 27, 2003
(draft): Black body with creamy brown head. Aroma is sweet, cocoa, chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, light vinous. Finishes roasty, light alcohol burn. Medium body -- way too thin for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2005
(Bottle, courtesy of Nuffield) Pours a black body with a thin tan head. Aroam of roasted malt, dustiness, and vegetables (green pepper, celery, cabbage). Flavor of raosted malt with a dry, funky spicy V-8 juice-like finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (12749) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2003
Thanks to Darkover for the trade. Considering this is my favorite style of beer, I may be a little more critical than I am with other styles. That being said, this was a good beer but really not on par with the exceptional Imperial Stouts I have tried like Dark Lord, Siberian Night, or Old Rasputin. Pours a deep dark brown with a medium milk chocolate-colored head. Nice aroma of chocolate, coffee, and a little vanilla. Rich body with a big coffee flavor. There are also flavors of hops, chocolate and some malt. The finish is probably the hoppiest I have encountered in an Imperial. While it did not detract from the beer a whole lot, I prefer a more rounded (malt, caramel) finish. I also think it could benefit from an ABV boost.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (12208) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2004
Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized brown head. Chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Coffee in the taste as well. Light bitter finish. Thinner body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11964) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2006
A fairly regular stout, not very creamy. Some coffee, easy drink. Average mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Date: July 02, 1996
Mode: Bottle
Source: wine rack, MD
Appearance: black, good head
Aroma: slight roasted malt aroma
Flavor: flavor with strong wine-like esters and roasted bitterness

Date: October 14, 1996
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Score: iii+ to ii
Appearance: black, whispy head, lasting tan head with nice lace
Aroma: just a slight bit of sweet esters in the aroma
Flavor: lots of roasted flavor, no real apparent esters, sweet finish
Overall: much milder than the old stuff

Date: January 17, 2004
Mode: bottle
Source: minks
Appearance: black, thin tan head
Aroma: slightly sweet roasted malt aroma
Flavor: rich malt flavor, too much bitter roasted malt character

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.7/5.0
Score: *4

The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (10562) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver, Somerville, NJ. The pour is deep black with a 2-finger khaki head. The aroma is of dark patent malt, dark chocolate, some brown sugar and wheaties. The taste is dark malty, with some slight tartness, chocolate, and molasses. The palate is on the light side for this style, but this beer wasnít bad. Farewell.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (10302) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 17, 2005
Bottle. The house character of Grantís products seems to be similar hops, thin bodies and a tendency to be a very underwhelming version of the style. Which sums up how I feel about this one nicely. Black ruby tinged body, small brown head diminishes. Mildly acidic roast and dark malt in the aroma. So far so good. Thin body and moderate dry bitter roast over muted malt make this seem like an anemic dry Irish stout rather than an imperial stout. Imperial? Disappointing but not unpleasant.

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