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RATINGS: 1007   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 107   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Originally brewed in the early 19th century for export from Britain to the imperial court of Russias 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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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. Reviewers 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
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. Cant figure that one out. The flavor sure couldnt 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffLover (126) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2006
(Bottle) Pours dark, dark brown. allmost no head. Citric, pine, rasin, Centennial hop aroma with hints of liquorice. A bit burned. Salty, roasted, liquorice and bitter hops in flavour. Dry, big body. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2006
A strong Imperial Stout that packs a punch. Little to no head, dark motor oil color. Not overly sweet and this is slightly stronger than I expected. Its been a while since I have had an impy, so it was a big beer to have. A solid impy stout, but I think this might need to be shared.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kopher (593) - New York, USA - OCT 10, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2009 Pours dark coffee-ish brown with thin brown head. Very stong strong green olive (?) nose with some burnt coffee and chocolate. Extremely thick and smooth. Wow. Flavor perfectly follows aroma of strong coffee, chocolate, and the green olives. Perfect sweet-bitter balance and light carbonation. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Bottle. Black with decent dark brown head. Aroma of bitter hops, light roasted malt, caramel and a little chocolate. Lots of hop taste for sure...very bitter finish. Thin. I just dont get much out of this except the hops. I like hops, but for some reason dont like them this dominating in a stout. Rated with the aid of Ms. Jeanne McCarthy.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Black. Oily. Aromatic nose with leather, cocoa, licorice, vanilla, burnt notes. Thick and smooth on the palate. Full flavored with roasted, dark sweet toffee and hops in balance. Clean, smooth, pleasant bitter finish. hidden alcohol. Excellent beer.


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