RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
an exceptionally rich, powerful stout in the style originally brewed in England for the Tsars of Russia...warming and complex with flavors of dried fruit & chocolate...a silver medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO in September ‘01

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3.5
Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Black as night with a tan head. Nice chocolate and roasted malt aroma with some expresso and hops. Taste is Belgian chocolates, day old strong coffee and a nice hop bite.

3.5
MartinT (10239) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2005
The Lure:
Vanilla beans within the chocolate. Soy fruitiness somewhat bothers the quiet interplay of sweet malt emanations. Straightforward, obviously imperial stout.

The Festivities:
Big bubbles enliven the multifaceted malt character. Chocolate and vanilla again come to mind, this time backed up by coffee beans, molasses, and cigar tobacco. Smoky fumes are evoked, as fruitiness lightens the sugar load. An efficient rendition of a most luxurious style.

Transcendence:
A dark hood somehow commends respect.

3.5
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Courtesy hopscotch. Pours black, with a creamy tan head and prominent lacing. Aroma is cotton candy and roasted chocolate. Interesting smoky flavor, probably from the roasted malts. Wet, drippy chocolate bites the tongue hard. Definitely a feel of alcohol. Easy drinking, though.

3.4
ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Blind Imperial Stout Tasting. Black body with a small tan head. Dark chocolate nose with roast, burnt malt and ash. The flavor is moderately sweet with molasses, chocolate and ash. Full body is soft and sticky with moderate carbonation and an astringent finish.

3.4
Cletus (6351) - Connecticut, USA - APR 11, 2008
Growler courtesy of kmweaver. Pours brown with a rich, creamy tan head. Smells fruity with some elements of spice, chocolate, hints of vanilla. Tastes of dark chocolate, some bitter hints, some warming alcohol, lots of spiciness, elements of dark fruit. The alcohol interferes a bit with the beer on the finish. Decent.

3.4
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2008
From an aging growler coutesy of Maniac. Very dark almost opaque with little head. Roasty malt aroma with some fruity yeast notes. Sweet roast and chocolate malts and rum soaked fruit flavors with a touch of woodiness. Chocolate and coffee in the finish with a bit of grain astringency.

3.2
jcwattsrugger (12579) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2008
[email protected] Beach Throwdown-pours a tan head that dissipates to a ring of bubbles and black color. Aroma is dark malt-licorice/chocolate, some acidic. Taste is dark malt-licorice/chocolate, some acidic-hops/alcohol bite. Thanks hopscotch for sharing.

3.2
unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours dark brown, thin tan head. Aroma of roast. Flavor is sweet, lots of toasted malt.

3.2
pjweaver (136) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Blind Tasting Not one of the favorites at the tasting. Smelled of raw mushrooms, soil, peat, and a good ol’ dose of some swamp feces (never thought I would write that about something I personally consumed). Thick and black, smelled terrible, tasted like watered down coffee with some chocolate. Thankfully the smell and taste don’t match up.

3.1
3fourths (9377) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 GABF 2004 - Under the name Great American Restaurants High Desert Imperial Stout - Black body, medium sized brown head. Musty, leafy basil, plum, compost and cabbage aromas, with a piney sweet hop/juniper note as well. Flavor of wood and plums, average body, medium alcohol presence with a chalky and sour finish. I sampled this beer on two nights of the GABF, the first time being turned off by the vegetable/basil notes, but on the second night I was more impressed. Something I have at the top of my list for a rerate.


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