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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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Special Release Series. Rich, full bodied and surprisingly smooth, Imperiale Stout has a big roast hit up front, and rich, dark malt flavors balanced with ample hop bitterness to finish.

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3.9
Ron (3956) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2015
Bottle during the Superbowl. Poured a tan head on a black body. The aroma has a big dose of roasted malt, black licorice and coffee. The taste delivers on the roasted malt and some pine bitterness. The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation. It has a mixture of roasted maltiness with strong bitter. As it warmed I was able to enjoy the maltiness more. The alcohol was hidden well.

4
Oscbert (1302) - Lincoln, California, USA - JAN 31, 2015
~Sweet chocolate aroma with roast, prune like fruitiness ~Pours pitch black with big thick frothy tan head that last. ~Chocolaty bready flavor with coffee like roastiness. Earthy hop bitterness. Surprisingly well balanced for an imperial stout. ~Medium full bodied with low medium CO2, lingering roast finish. ~This is really drinkable and smooth. Dangerous beer. Im drinking it somewhat quickly. Going to hit me hard. Fine with me, my family is driving me nuts.

3.4
joelwhite (32) - - JAN 28, 2015
The Ninkasi Imperiale with the beautiful label had a nice balance between mealtimes and hopiness. We cheered this one to Jeff, the birthday boy.

2.9
thb (829) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 10, 2015
Black in the glass, but surprisingly light in colour as it’s being poured. Light brown inch of foamy head. Aroma is toast, cocoa, and...soap? Have a sip and it’s char, chocolate. Really dry for the style. And bitter, bitter. Excessive carbonation takes away from the experience.

3
Ernest (7694) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is black (non-opaque, flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately malty (cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, roasted grain), with a note of vanilla. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Full body, syrupy/velvety texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Not much going on in the nose, just the usual stout aromas of chocolate, roast, and vanilla. Pretty syrupy sweet in the mouth, with just barely enough bitterness to make it drinkable. Kinda sloppy and simple overall, but there are certainly worse examples.

3.4
stevoj (5036) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Bomber from Albertsons. Pours out black with a creamy dark beige head. Body seems a little watery, aroma a nice mixture of roast grains and chocolate, taste echoes the aroma with accents of wood, nutmeg and vanilla. Abrupt finish, little alcohol warmth.

3.1
That1Guy (2236) - Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Bomber pours brownish black with a tan head that doesn’t stick around. Aroma is roasty, maybe some earthiness, and a bit of soy sauce. Flavor is light roast, some coffee, slightly bitter finish. Pretty watery for a impy. Drinkable but lackluster.

3.6
pintbypint (3639) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2014
Rating #2700. 650ml brown bottle. Deep dark brown in colour, thin beige head, nice lace rings and sticky foam in the glass. Aromas of roast and bitter chocolate. Taste has dark chocolate, roast, bit of sweeter chocolate notes in there as well. Good bitter roasted notes. Medium length finish with lingering hops, and big roast. Medium to full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, a good imperial stout, but nothing here is really blowing me away.

3.5
patricks110 (2495) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
Pours a dark, opaque black with a huge mass of light beige head. The head dies slowly leaving a few creamy looking rings on the glass. The nose is roasted heavily with notes of dark chocolate, oats, earthen malts and hops. A robust bitterness at the forefront with light chocolate and dark fruit notes. Rich and medium to heavy in the body with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. A bit of a let down with an underwhelming flavour in the finish and mild hop bitterness. Overall, a good brew but a boring Imperial Stout.

3.5
VertBaconStrips (2389) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - DEC 12, 2014
After some bits n bites and microwaved frozen indian food i figure i may as well say the hell with doing anything productive. Unless my nose stopped working I’d say this has very little aroma beyond a very nice rich roast and i’m not about to spend precious time figuring this out when I have rotting in front of a computer to do. I want to be able to actually see the aroma coming off of my imperial stout like a mirage. Maybe it’s the Napalm Death that is crushing my senses. Very good appealing flavour with zillions of molecules of yummo roast, supporting sweetness, chewed out chocolate bitterness, dull orange, ultra light pepperish heat, and whatever else. A lightweight should not demolish a full bottle of this in 23 minutes at 11pm. Solid brew. Quite smooth and highly drinkable at a fast rate. Smell comes around. I blame this stupid ass Leffe glass - I may as well review this out of my cat’s mouth. I see a litre of Bryers in my immediate future.


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