RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.23/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Our winter seasonal pays homage to the big beers once brewed in Britain and shipped to the Russian Imperial Court. It is a high alcohol stout made with large portions of Chocolate Malt and Roasted Barley giving this beer a deep black color and bitter chocolate flavor. We age this beer on oak to provide additional flavor complexities, all melding together to make the perfect beer to enjoy during the cold New England winter.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Pours a motor-oil cola, with a generous amount of puffy, dark-platinum head; fairly lacy, and very lasting. The smell is of well-roasted malts, coffee, and earthy/musty hardwood. Other notes of Irish cream, soy sauce, and brown sugar. The taste is very rich with sweet, sugary, roasted barley. Has a sugary espresso finish, with a very faint bitterness. The palate is fairly full, and well-carbonated. On a personal note, I feel this is an underrated imperial stout, as I like my imperial stouts to be rich and fairly sweet. This one quenches the desired taste of an imperial stout well.

tapefuzz (759) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2017 12oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a small beige head that disappears almost instantly. No lacing. Aroma is syrupy thin fruity malt extract and coffee. Taste is very roasty, chocolate, espresso beans, and dark fruit. Some alcohol. Lingering, bitter wood and grain finish. While the taste is pleasant, it lacks the depth of character one would expect from an imperial stout. Light-medium body. Medium carbonation, although it feels too high. Thin, sticky mouthfeel.

[10/12/17] After 8 months of aging, the beer is marginally improved - at least in the aroma.

Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2011
bottle thanks to swalden28. poured dark brown with a beige head. aroma was dark roast, chocolate, and fudge. flavor was dark roast, chocolate, and slight coffee with a medium body and low carbonation.

SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours black with small tan head. Aroma has signs of fruit, medicinal alcohol and dark roast. Flavorseems to be off a bit, has some dark roasted grain, fruity esters and a dirty hop bitterness that overpowers the dark roast grain bitter. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Overall, the earthy hop presence just over powered the dark roasted grain. Just wasn’t that enjoyable as other imperials.

decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Black pour with tan head and lace. Coffee and light abv on the nose. Coffee and roasted malt flavor. Thin and fizzy but very drinkable.

TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Last one to list from Nashoba- Almost black pour, small tan foam head. Light roasted quality, good malt body. A slight sweet roasted character throughout-medium and mild.

kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 03/01/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

black, whispy tan head, sweet chocolate and roasted aroma, lots of roasted flavor, nice sweetness, hint of sour cherry tartness,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2007
12 oz bottle purchased at the brewery. Black in color, no light is getting through this one with a small light brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roast, coffee, dark fruit, light alcohol. Taste is chocolate, roast, coffee, light vanilla, espresso like. Light notes of dark fruit throughout the taste. Finishes roasty and bitter, with a grainy astringency that seems to be apparent in alot of imperial stouts. Body is medium, the carbonation is very soft. very good.

jcwattsrugger (12517) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2006
on tap-pours a thick creamy brown head and black color. Aroma is cappuccino-sweet. Taste is strong cappuccino, licorice, dark malt.

CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2006
Bottle thanks to OldGrowth: Nearly opaque dark brown with a nicely-lacing frothy dark khaki head. Aroma of sweet earthy toasty dark caramel with some mild roasted malt and dark chocolate. Starts with a sweet sticky caramel flavor and a touch of raisins toward a more bitter lingering roasted dark fruity finish. A nicely-balanced, enjoyable imperial stout.

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