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RATINGS: 825   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Chocolate truffles, cocoa, espresso coffee, burnt currants, the sweetness of a sherry - all come to mind when enjoying an Imperial Stout. A rich porter of English origin brewed to withstand the long voyage from London to Czarist Russia. The classic "Winter Warmer". Big, Strong, Malty Stout.

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3.6
bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Bottle. Black beer with a cocoa head. Light roasty aroma with sweet chocolate malt. Rich malt and sweet stone fruits and chocolate flavors. Lingering sweet malt. Nice velvety/vinuous body.

3.9
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Bottle. Dark deep brown, almost but not quite opaque. Roasty estery aroma, with chocolate, roasty malts, and a touch coffee. Flavors are more roasted malts, with chocolate, toffee, and some prunes and raisins. Decent mouthfeel, and a bit warming.

3.7
muzzlehatch (4958) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2005
From 22 oz bottle at the Montreal YeHa! 2005. Dark red-brown, not really black, light head laces nicely...nice aroma, balanced bitter coffee and sweetish chocolate with a hint of cream...in the body, bittersweet chocolate abounds, nearly drowning out the espresso notes...alcohol noticeable but not prominent, finish dry and moderately bitter.

3.8
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
bottle. deep brown body with a decent size mocha head. the aroma is full of dry coffee roast and chocolate. flavour is along the same lines with a great roasted malt component and it’s quite dry. warm alcohol towards the bitter finish but not really up at 10%...very quaffable and easy to drink. quite nice.

3.6
sloth (2905) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Small, tannish brown head, fair retention, lace appears stringy and lasting. Black and beautiful appearence. Nose if fruity, black berries, lightly smokey and roasty. Body is full/medium with a velvetty texture. Chocolate flavors up front, light plum and raisiny notes with subdued coffee flavors that still add something to the overall. Finish is medium sweet and fruity. Thanks Cliff!

4
blankboy (7689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a murky black with some ruby hues and a large frothy light-brown head -- looks great! Light aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and currants. Flavour of roasted malt, espresso and dark chocolate with a nice amount of hops in there, this is delicious. You can taste the alcohol but it doesn’t taste like 10%, not even close. Full bodied and very creamy. Fantastic!

4.2
GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, tupalev & jerc - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Almost pitch black with a ruby tinge and a small, creamy mocha head. Solid impy aroma - roast malt, chocolate, tobacco, licorice - nice! Mouthfeel is absolutely luscious - rich, smooth, creamy, mmmmmm! Fantastic flavour with notes of dark bittersweet chocolate and fresh roasted coffee, with just a faint hint of alcohol in the finish. Killer!

3.7
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
Robe noire surmontée d’une mousse timide. Arômes de pain grillé. Saveurs de porto, de pain grillé et d’alcool.

4.3
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2005
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, blankboy, GregClow, and Jerc; courtesy of Harry. Crisp roast aroma, lots of chocolate malt, sweet and inviting - mild hint of chocolate as well - no alcohol. Really thick and creamy mouthfeel - wow, without even tasting it, that mouthfeel is incredible. Lots of creamy chocolate and coffee in taste - a perfect silky imperial stout. No hint of alcohol. Comes come in at the end after a few sips and are complimentary and balanced. An excellent example of this style, one of the best I have had. And a beer that uses an irish type name and doesn’t suck - far from it - that gets bonus points in my books!

3.9
jercraigs (10365) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2005
Dark brown - black body with a moderate khaki head. (3+) Muted roast and mild dark chocolate undercurrents in the aroma. Flavour has more prominent bitterness than expected, lots of malt witha touch of chocolate. Alcohol is invisible. Quite nice, but I didn’t find the complexity that my compatriots did.


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