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RATINGS: 827   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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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4.1
jimhilt (2634) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 28, 2006
Pours a two finger, light brown head that quickly fades to a thin layer leaving some lace. Solid black color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Sweet butterscotch nose. Starts with sweet caramel, heavy, some bite but smooth finish, high ABV is not noticeable. $5.25 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

3.8
ClarkVV (6962) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 23, 2006
2006 bomber from Brock_Landers consumed on 4/19/06
Only moderate filtratation allows light sediment in the bottom with a definite haziness to it upon pouring. Settles out somewhat more clear, though still a deep, chocolate brown color with strong, ruby-garnet highlights on the edges and a well-formed and retained tan head that provides a touch of lacing here and there.
Smells nutty, and ashen, with light cigars and plenty of black malt vinousness. Salty toffee and deep, black coffee mix at first with a strong nutty, chocolate maltiness that seems to be layered on the tongue very silkily. Low carbonation and substantial mouthfeel are evident right away, allowing the sugars (chocolate, honey graham crackers and light fudge) to fall to the bottom and provide a balanced backdrop for green, juicy, flavorful hops boasting cascade-like qualities and ending in consort with light vanilla and dark berries. Fudginess sweetens things over the next few sips, but a growing, dry, ashen/burnt malt astringency is perfectly set in opposition. Liqueur-like, velvety texture due to low carbonation and high alcohol, with plenty of caramelized grains showing a proper boil time for the style. Coffee dots the palate and emerges at many points, while hop bitterness eventually finds a balance in the sweetnes that deepens as the beer warms and the carbonation falls off even further. Still, what carbonation there is, is quite tight, and well-retained even after allowing an overnight breath (I saved about half a glass for the next day). Soily, earthy barley and prunes, with boisterous currants and blackberries stir up trouble in a semi-sweet chocolate and vanilla-cream body.

3.9
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - APR 17, 2006
The aroma has hints of chocolate, coffee, sherry, and dark fruit. The pour is a deep black with tan head. Initially there is a flavor of dark fruit and chocolate that gives way to an espresso bitter finish.

3.9
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2006
Bottle. Deep dark brown in color with a nice tan head. Fruity malty aroma. Raisiny prune noes, Very nice. Malty and fruity flavor. Coffee chocoloately roasty.Finisht is bitter. Well balanced. Decent beer.

3.9
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Black. Dense, light brown head. Simple but good aroma of roasty chocoffee malt. Same flavor with subtle dark fruits and yeast and a surprising amount of vanilla for something not barrel aged. Full, rich, smooth body. Great imperial stout.

3.4
awaisanen (1310) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Bottled. Pitch black, oily pour with an attractive toasted tan head. Tons of dark chocolate in the nose, with an additional creamy marachino cherry aroma, similar to the chocolate covered cherries given as inexpensive Christmas gifts. I’m also getting a little brandy in my nostrils as well, which is a bit pungent and forces we to withdraw before plunging into my snifter for another whiff. The actual texture of the beer is much thinner than the opaque coloring suggests. Lots of chocolate and burned coffee on the tongue. To some this up in one sentence: If Starbuck’s brewed beer, it would taste like this. Too much bitter coffee and chocolate at the finish. The final smack is of dark, unsweetened chocolate powder.

3.7
brewblackhole (1587) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Chocolate,coffee,malt aroma, becomes creamier as it warms,big dark chocolate taste,very creamy texture,bitter at the end. That bitterness becomes almost annoyingly strong at the end. Except for that its very well done

3.9
barleyPops (1183) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2006
bomber courtesy of Saarlander & Fordest in recent trades.
rich malty aroma full of chocolate, coffee and dark ripe fruit. flaors of the aforementioned are strong but well-rounded up front and then seem to fade quickly. alcohol is well hidden with little hop bitterness on the tail-end. a nice stout, thanks Aaron & Sean!

3.9
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2006
An amazongly tasty stout, with not an overwhleming amount of complexity, but had all the flavor I wanted with its rich chocolate flavors, velvery almost silky mouthfeel, rich but not overpowering, rich fruits and sweets malts with just a hint of cocoa and marshmallows, with some great lingering aftertastes. Wonderful

3.6
bb (9790) - 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.


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