RATINGS: 578   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Like India Pale Ale, the classic Imperial Stouts were originally brewed with high levels of alcohol and hops to withstand the rigors of a long sea journey, not to India but to Imperial Russia and the Baltic States. Our version is an over-the-top riff on the style, with a huge grain bill featuring several kinds of malted barley, wheat, rye, oats, and spelt. Robust grain and coffee flavors are counterbalanced by date and plum notes from the Scottish yeast. To add extra complexity and depth, this Imperial Stout is made up of a blend of freshly brewed beer and several barrel-aged beers, carefully balanced. Za Vas!

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strattonspeaks (113) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Nearly black pour with milk chocolate head. Nice aroma, but I expected something a little bigger. Nose is sweet and bourbon heavy. Good balance to the flavor. A lot of elements going on---roasted malt, wood, chocolate, light coffee, bourbon, buried dark fruit---but nothing commands or overpowers. A nice melody of bitter sweetness and warming alcohol. Solid brew.

ljthiessen (1326) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 28, 2017
Dark brown pour, note opaque with a small tan head. Raisin and dark fruit notes, chocolate, really nice.

Sammy (12105) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2017
mould iand old wet wooden aroma and in taste. bourbon kicks in as warms up. chocolate and rich. a sipper. scott’s bottle. still carbonated.

Stampion (263) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2017
Pours pitch black with almost an inch of light brown head. Not very sweet. Finished with licorice and radians. Dark and complex. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

stevoj (4966) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 17, 2017
Draft at BitterCreek. I thought I had hit the highlights, but then this..... F’ing WOW! Inky black , small silky head. Blah, blah, blah. Aroma is a malted chocolate bar, roasty, sweet. Taste gets better, chocolate, sweet roast grains. And smooth....Velvet, dayglo bullfighter on velvet. Hits every mark. I’m melting into my bar stool. Incredible.

moderrnlifeiswar (58) - Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2017
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justsayswell (277) - Kansas City, Kansas, USA - JAN 3, 2017
2014 vintage. First 2017 rating. Pours with a majestic, super-fine, chocolate milk colored head that lingers forever. Nose is booze, toffee, coffee, some esters. Smooth and creamy on the palate, alcohol is hidden extremely well. Lots of whiskey barrel flavor, vanilla, roasted malt, brown sugar. Only a hint of alcohol at the very end. A little on the sweet side for me.

DocJitsu (1972) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2016
Pours a very dark brown with a huge, dense, mocha froth colored head. On the nose are whisky barrel oak, charred wood, tobacco, and the cherry often noted in certain bourbons--Maker’s Mark comes to mind. Moderately thick with an unusually lively carbonation. The aromas are well-represented in the flavors. What is notable though is the soured wood feature to the taste.

fuzzcro (295) - Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2016
Quite excellent in nearly every way! I could drink this one regularly, no problem at all. It is a beautiful glass of stout and the high ABV is unrecognizable unless one sees it noted on the bottle...very smooth.

wilnatp (692) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2016
2015 Bottle - Dark brown to black pour with tan head. Aroma of chocolate, oak, booze, vanilla and some roast notes. Taste if full and on the sweet side. Smooth mouthfeel.

fiulijn (20427) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 16, 2016
Corked bottle from Steamworks Liquor Store, Vancouver; vintage 2014, batch I14297-2, bb 10-2016, 2 years old
Pitch black color, brownish creamy head. Aroma of dark malts, chocolate and coffee, in harmony. As I get rid of some carbonation and it gets warmer, the body gets stronger; very good dark chocolate flavor, with roasted nuts and a roasted malt component that doesn’t overwhelm the others.

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