RATINGS: 507   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Our rich, roasted black ale inspired by the strong stouts exported by Great Britain in the 1800's to the Russian Czar's court.

Editor's Note: ABV changed to 10.5% in 2008 (was previously 9.5%).

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
Pours a pitch black color with a thin light brown head. Excellent aroma of roasted malt and dark chocolate. Excellent flavor of roasted and dark chocolate with a roasty, bitter finish. Full body with a dry mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Excellent stuff, Southampton did it again!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Bottle from jimmack at the Jimmack invitational gathering. Deep dark brown, tan head. Aroma is roasty with coffee, chocolate, and a touch of alcohol. Malty chewy, roasty coffee and chocolate flavors. Light hop/malt bitterness. Bitter dry finish. Slighty better than Santas Little Helper from PP.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Bottle. Tasted at a beer tasting at Jmmack. Deep dark brown in color with a nice tan head. Nice lacing. Chocolate coffee aroma. Chocolate and caramel notes. Raisiny. Very malty. Full bodied. Sweet tasting. Creamy and smooth. Roasty flavor. Well balanced beer. Enjoyable and drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2005 I tasted this in a blind tasting last Sunday and it came out # 10, out of 19 different Imperials. I noticed my score was fairly low considering the norm, so that, on top of the fact that I didnt take notes at the blind tasting, Pdee and I cracked a bomber tonight and shared it. Perfect appearence for an Imperial, inky black, with a huge, creamy and fat head, which appears muddy brown in color. The aroma is fairly subtle, with coffee bean and mocha hints, a slight note of chocolate and sharp, resinous aroma hops. Flavors begin with sharp anise notes, which lead into light grape and vanilla flavors, followed by a slightly chocolatey and coffee malt finish. Yet it remains flooded with aroma and flavor hops, particularly on the finish, which delivers a bitter and citrusy finish, and completely manhandles the assumingly great malt finish. At first the mouthfeel was a bit fizzy but it tamed and settled and eventually ended up being quite nice. I usually love Southampton, but definately not this one.

8 Month old bottle: The agressive, crude hoppiness of the initial batch has tamed substancially, both in the aroma and the flavor, yielding a balanced hop character right now, whereas the original batch was way over the top. Opaque black color, with a full, light brown head. After the aroma hops subside, a rich malitiness overwhems the senses, with a coffee ground, fudge character, with hints of charred fruits. Still hints of hops in the aroma, albeit light. Flavor has improved in a shocking manner, revealing the magic that the agressive hop rate concealed. An array of gummy, charred fruits and chocolate blanket, while the finish leads into a lightly alcoholic and lightly bitter hop finish. This really had molded into a classy drink. I look forward to seeing further improvement, but, unfortunately, my original fresh bottle rating still stands. 8/4/9/4/17

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2005 Bottle. Great aroma of vanilla and hints of chocolate and roasted malts. Color is opaque with a thin brown head. Taste is big vanilla, sweetness, chocolate. Perfect finish is long, hoppy, delicious. Mouthfeel is soft, velvety. This is pretty much what I look for in an IS- I feel the hops and the mouthfeel were spot on. Had it in a blind tasting and though it was DMs Imperial. Wow. Easily one of my all time favorite imperial stouts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 12, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2005 Pours a dark black with a tan head. Nice lacing throughout the experience. Smells of roasted malt with slight elements of honey, coffee and chocolate present. Taste is of gourmet fresh coffee beans, dark high end french cooking chocolate, caramel, raisins, and a touch of berries. Very thick mouthfeel and an excellent finish. Definitely one of my favorite local beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2876) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Thanks to EDA for the trade! Poured a medium sized brown head, fair retention and lacing. Very black brew. Nose is light roast and lightly chocolatey. Medium body, tingly carbonation. Light chocolat and roast flavors, coffe notes opening up as it warms. Medium sweet malts make up the finsh. A surprisingly tame Imperial Stout. Thin bodied for the style and really just light flavored. Nice enough beer, but a Top 50 beer? Not really.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
htsprint1 (53) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2005
My mind recalls Eyedrinkale giving a sip of this to Nick Floyd as they stood next to a palate of Dark Lord... Thats how serious the beer was in Munster that day. As Brooklynboy said, it stole the show. The blackest beer Ive ever seen. Great chocolate, coffee aroma. And the taste perfectly balanced and amazingly complex. Chocolate, some coffee, a refined sweetness. Definately some vanilla in there. Thick mouthfeel, but it keeps that great flavor with you. I cant wait to get a bottle of this! While Dark Lord is in a class of itself, this one defines the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2005
I could write "Oh My God!!!" over and over for a rating. Thats the reaction. This stuff was awesome. In my opinion, it stole the day away from Dark Lord. Hey Mike (Eyedrinkale), thanks a bunch for this elixir. Magical. Black as midnight with a frothy brown head. Nose was espresso, roasted malt, unsweetened Dutch chocolate, hints of vanilla, anise. Very complex and multidimensional. Full bodied, thick, smooth, robust, caresses the tongue and romances the tastebuds. The flavor was of quality coffee/chocolate with notes of other flavors dancing around them and surprising the tongue at different times. Just an awesome drink. BIG THANKS, MIKE!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Thanks to Eyedrinkale at the DL party.This sunavabitch was one of the darkest beers I have ever seen.Nose is strong roasted malts and expresso,and what could be bitter chocolate.The first sip and you want to just swirl this baby on your tongue and not swallow it.Heavenly.

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