Brewed by Spinnakers Brewpub
Style: Imperial Stout
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 232   ABV: 7.75%
A strong, nearly opaque black stout, brewed in the Imperial tradition, from a blend of English Pale, Crystal, Chocolate, Black Roasted, Amber and Wheat Malts, hopped with Northern Brewer, Cascade, and Mount Hood hops to produc ea full-bodied strong stout with a silky smooth finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hooker (468) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, - OCT 18, 2008
Jet black colour with thin beige head. Roasted malt nose with hints of coffee and chocolate. Mild roasted malt taste with slight chocolate hints.

gramity (1684) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 31, 2012
Dark brown with a minimal head. Aroma is nice and chocolatey. The body was a little thin in flavour and lacking a punch but did have an enjoyable flavour. Nice bitter finish with no alcohol noticeable. Very easy to put back.

WheatKing (1338) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - JUN 21, 2012
(Pulled from a cask at the brewpub) Imperial stouts are meant to be robust, this was more of a very dark brown porter (albeit with a very mild hint of liquorice). Pretty good though, everything was well balanced. I wouldn’t want this to become a regular drink of mine, though.

riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Good amount of chocolate and sweetness on the nose. Some roast, nutty notes, earthy hops. Pours almost black with a tan head. The flavor starts with roast, moves through chocolate sweetness, earthy nutty notes, more roast, a little bitterness. Bitter/sweet finish. Moderate carbonation, maybe a little light in the body for the style.

Twsobey (1) - - DEC 28, 2011 does not count
Opaque enough that it was difficult to see a candle through. The best beer I’ve had in Victoria so far.

SphinxTX (2878) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Bottle. Pours a deep brown/black with small tan head. Aroma of dark roast, faint vegitable, hints of apple and chocolate. Flavor is much the same, fairly dry. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy body, watery, with medium carbonation. Overall, is just "OK".

GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JUL 7, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. We were a little divided on it--I liked it, but MB didn’t so much. A smooth beer with lots of roasted malt. An alcoholic finish.

mcberko (18950) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2011
On tap at the Alibi Room, pours dark brown with a reddish hue and a small tan head. Aroma of sweetened liquid chocolate, maple syrup and caramel. Flavour is less inviting - roasted malt, coffee and sweet chocolate, but with an acidic and thin palate. Decent, but not one of the better examples of the style.

pumpmaster (1437) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2011
4 ounce sample at the brewpub Taproom at 4 samples for $5.00CAD. Very good 4 ounce sample at the brewpub Taproom at 4 samples for $5.00CAD. Very good!

paco (576) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUN 20, 2011
Bottle bought from brewpub in March 2011. Opened June 18 2011. This bottle was kept in cellar conditions along with the rest of my bottles. Pours black with a filmy head. Aromas of sweet something and some dark malts. Taste was sour like vomit. This bottle was either very old or part of a bad batch. The number above the barcode is 967612, maybe the batch code? The date punch on the side of the label is 01/5. Too bad. I wouldn’t rate this except it was purchases at the brewery and consumed within a reasonable amount of time.

jonas (8035) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - SEP 11, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2013 Handpump. Light coffee aroma. Opaque black, brown craem. Light to medium body, nice coffee roast, orangepeel finish. Enjoyable drink. Re-rate from tap: Black, low head Chocolate, roast aroma Sweet, bitter chocolate, good aromatic and bitter hop balance Smooth medium full body Very pleasant

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