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RATINGS: 1008   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
Dedollewaitor (16545) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2009
To celebrate my 100th Imperial Stout. 22oz bottle. Thanks goes out to Maxxdaddy. Pours pitch black with a creamy beige head and lacings. Aroma and taste is filled with piney hops and bitter coffee roast. Sticky, oily and smooth. Coffee and chocolate with the hops underneath. I really liked this one:-)

3.7
MiP (16055) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2006
Bottle. Very hoppy aroma, sweet. Black colour, brown head. The flavour is nice with a good teaishness, very hoppy, too. The aftertaste has a very short coffee burst. Good mouthfeel. The alcohol rises into my nose. A good beer, a bit much, espceially the hops.

4
bhensonb (15982) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Bomber from Josh. Not a member, I think. But I’m working on that. BC in 2009. It is at least 3 months old. Pours very black with a huge foamy tan head. Very strong aromas of toasted malt, anise, chocolate, coffee? Full bodied with smooth carbonation. There’s a strong brown candy/treacle component. Plus dark malt, lots of chocolate, possibly coffee. There’s some nice hop bitter, arguably citrus. This is very flavorful. Arguably well balanced. Yummy.

3.5
Ratman197 (15632) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Bomber shared by aplusbreaks poured a translucent dark brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt and dark fruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, carmel, vanilla and light oak with a smooth lingering roasty finish.

3.4
DSG (15432) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Mastikim. Thanks zvsn. BBD 1/15. 10%. Black with a light brown head. Roasty aroma with coffee, some dark fruits, a bit of cocoa and a bit of alcohol. Bittersweet roasty flavor with coffee, a bit of chocolate, some dark fruits and quite a bit of alcohol. Medium to full-bodied.

4
Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2008
Bottle at Sune’s (Thanks). Black - brown head. Burned, dry burned, licorice, high hoppy, chocolate, coffee, piney, grassy. Fantastic.

4
Tmoney99 (15133) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Bottle shared at local BA gathering. Poured dark brown color with a moderate frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate roasted malt, chocolate and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted sweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. Another standout brew.

3.6
Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2009
2008 22 ounce bottle shared by cdumler. Thanks! Pours a slightly murky dark brown color (I got the end of the bottle) with a thin head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma is roasted malts with light chocolate notes. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and a bit of alcohol still noticeable. Medium bodied.

4.1
Dogbrick (14328) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Acquired via trade. Pours a deep dark brown (very nearly black) with a thick dark brown head that dissipated slowly. Decent lacing throughout. The aroma raised my eyebrows it was so roasty, with lots of coffee present. Rich-bodied with a strong roasted character, with coffee, hops and a bit of chocolate in the flavor. It could use a little more sweetness for balance though. The finish is lightly bitter and retains the coffee flavor. Overall this is a good Imperial Stout that simply needs a little more depth to be top shelf stuff.

3.9
Lubiere (14262) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2007
A deep dark stout with a thin moka head. Pleasant chocolate aroma, with vinous notes, alcohol, prunes, very noice and complex. In mouth, a good coffee moka with bitter chocolate, prunes, alcohol in finale, very warming. This can be described as chewy. A quality beer from Smuttynose!


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