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RATINGS: 1006   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 107   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Originally brewed in the early 19th century for export from Britain to the imperial court of Russia’s Catherine the Great, imperial stouts are characterized by their dark color & full body. This style features a rich, malty sweetness coupled with aggressive hopping (especially in American interpretations). Notes of dried fruit as well as roasted malt flavors are typically present.

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4.1
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Holy hops! Wow, they weren’t kidding when the brewmaster said to wait on aging this one. I swear this is as close to an Imperial IPA Stout as I’ll ever see. Huge nose on this one. You can definately smell the dryhopping that they used. Very aggressive hop profile on the tast as well. Like it dances up your nose and sucker-punches your senses. Full body, but no used motor oil viscosity and with this one it seems to work. Although, I’d prefer just a bit more as with the Storm King to help balance out the hops a bit. Also, definate fusel on the aroma and in the taste, but doesn’t detract too much from the overall enjoyment. The only thing I would do different is up the body a little, reduce the fusel oils a bit and decrease the amount of pellets used in favour of whole hops for a bit more aromatic, but less overall bitter profile. Outstanding Imperial stout, but NOT for those who fear aggressive hops!

3.7
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - NOV 6, 2006
22 oz bottle via kramer17801 (thanks!). Pours a pitch black with a small tan head. Mild nose with notes of vanilla and licorice. Taste starts out roasty chocolate and then the hops kick in. Wow this is a hoppy Imp Stout. Usually i do not kike a lot of hops in a Stout, but it works here. The roasted malts and hops actually compliment each other quite well. I think there may be a bit of oak undermeath it all as well. This is actually pretty complex. Easy to drink. Medium bodied, silky mouthfeel.

3.8
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Bomber--thanks, 46er3498! Pours rich, black, inky. Solid tan head. Chocolate/coffee/hop nose. Moderately high density for the body, and moderately low carb--neither of these is all the way high or low. All of the elements from the nose persist to the palate, but the hop takes full form with the finish, gaining a more distinct piney note. This is a great beer, but not quite inspired or innovative. If it was available around here, I would drink it all the time.

4.2
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Bomber shared with after4ever. Pours an opaque blackish brown with a lacy tan head. Coffee, chocolate and and pine/floral hops on the nose. Full body with moderate carbonation. The taste sweet with coffee, chocolate an dark fruit. The finish is bittersweet with the hop and smoky espresso coming through the roasty malt.

4.5
Zeswaft (1774) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2006
Thanks to nhorween for this. Pours extremely thick, black, and with a one finger brown head. Aroma is tons of chocolate. Body is as heavy as it looks. Flavor is very hoppy and lots of chocolate. reminiscent of Yeti. Finish is somewhat alcoholic. aftertaste is quite smoky. This is a very good imperial stout. Really good. I see a price tag of $5 on the bomber. Hell of a deal. Imperial stouts are just so good.

3.8
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Phenomenal beer. It pours a black body with a murky/muddy clarity. Medium-brown, small fizzy head that leaves fair lacing as it begins to diminish. Aroma is of chocolate malts, mild coffee, and a sweet, floral perfume scent. Initial taste is lightly sweet, building to a medium sweet finish with a long duration that we were very thankful for. Thin body, yet creamy. Reviewer’s notes: "Nice lacing and dark brown on top, oh wow, I would like this with a scoop of ice cream, very good stout"

3.7
sisyphus12 (99) - Belmont, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 1, 2006
Thick brown/black appearance with a chocolate/moca aroma. Pours thick and viscous like into the mug. Smooth silky initial taste with a medium mouthfeel. Hoppy and malty but not overpowering. A relatively smooth finish makes this an excellent stout for the money

4.5
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2007 This one has been sitting in my cellar for months now. Always had my doubts about this one. After all, how good could this beer be at only $3.99 for a 22oz. bottle?? (thats dirt cheap around here). Pours a deep black with a small tan head. Decent sticky lacing. When I popped the cap I thought I was smelling an IPA. Aroma was very hoppy. Can’t figure that one out. The flavor sure couldn’t be the same way could it?? Holy crap! Am I drinking an Imperial Stout or and Imperial IPA? Talk about the best of both worlds! This should be renamed as an IMSTIPA. It is starting to warm a bit now and is getting even better. WTF???? This is sooooo close to being perfect. If you could just add a slight Belgian taste it would be perfect. I think this is the longest description I have ever written.

3.7
DuffLover (127) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2006
From 22oz. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Flavor the same. Appearance is dark brown/black with thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Good thick palate with a little too much carbonation to make it really smooth. Overall pretty good, but Imperial Stouts is a hard category to compete in.

3.8
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2006
Hoopy booze citrus roastz aroma. dark mahodony under short beige. hoppy strong coffee. full, thick, and alky.


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