RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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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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4.2
scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Growler from A&K 4th DC tasting - Local, yet first time trying this. Ultra pitch black with a thick tan creamy head. Deep nose of ashy Fourbucks coffee (Starbucks), bittersweet chocolate, and smooth caramel, with softly laced notes of port. Flavor was similar with bold burnt roasted coffee and chocolate at the forefront, some grape notes within, and a late kick of earth piney hops rounding it out. Mega full bodied, pillow soft carbonation, intense bittersweet finish. Phenomenal! Thanks for sharing Jason.

4.2
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Hand-bottled sample provided by Joel. Viscous dark brown body that leaves a brown coating on the glass. Vinous, coffee aroma with a sugar-sweet peppermint. Great flavor - sweet chocolate, coffee roast, lemon zest, mint. Roast acidity. Medium-light mouthfeel.

4.2
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Bottle from Pailhead and Styles, Motown brethren. Handbottled. Pours an impenetrable black color with a slight brown head. Scant lacing is left behind. Deep roasted grain aroma, chocolate and coffee, fully loaded with roasted barley. Full bodied, lower carbonation level that is pleasant for the style. Roasted barley out the wazzoo, plenty of hop balance. Not really astringent which is great. Alcohol hidden nicely. Very nicely done!!!

4.2
kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Rating #400. Tap, Merrifield location. Pours a pitch black core; dark tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Plenty of milk chocolate and vanilla and roasted malts in the aroma. Full, chewy mouthfeel: plenty of dark chocolate, marshmallow, and vanilla; balanced out by a healthy dose of citrus hops coming through; tasty, dense, balanced, and remarkably drinkable. It’s nice to have an imperial stout that one can actually drink a pint of comfortably. Long, milk chocolate, marshmallow, and citrus finish.

4.2
PilsnerPeter (3049) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Growler: Opaque black pour topped by a bubbly brown head. The aroma is rich and chocolate mouse like (sweet and desserty) The body is creamy and full with loads of malt depth. Smooth carbonation, with a mild chocolaty flavor upfront, but then the finish hits with an amazing complexity of roasted coffee beans, truffle and a balancing hop dryness. A great Imperial Stout.

4.2
IrishBoy (4259) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Growler shared by Odeed; Nose of chocolate, raosted coffee, and a bit of smokiness; black with a big beige head; flavor has chocolate, light hoppiness, coffee, and and alcohol note; finish is light hop bitterness.

4.2
chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Awesome flagon brought by Alex, poured into a perfect pint glass... This is a great looking beer! A dark black body, only the lightest hint of dark brown on the edges in the light. The head is a surprisingly light shade of tan for the body but there is tons of it and it looks great. Creamy and full, a great cap and lacing... The aroma is quite interesting but not my favorite part of the beer, its unique but confusing. Huge cocoa and nut notes that somehow come off to me as fresh green dry hops, reminds me of a fresh Night Stalker. I also get some chocolate, molasses, and weed. Has me interpreting new things, really great... The taste is really roasty cocoa, its bitter but also reminds of being dry hopped. Additional notes of grass and chocolate covered Brazil nuts... The mouthfeel is tannic and sticky, full bodied, long lasting smooth finish. A really interesting stout that will expand your flavor notions of a stout. High recommendation.

4.1
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Another yummy stout. Beautiful head and pour. My only complaint was the malt should of been stronger for this imperial. Too much alcohol in the flavor... but still a damn fine beer

4.1
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2005
This impy stout pours a black body topped by a thick head with great lacing. The aroma and flavor are sweet and malty with slight vanilla and chocolate notes, a nice raostiness, as well as some fruit. Full bodied and smooth.

4.1
Foxbush (2171) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2009 This is an amazing stout. My friend from NOVA brought me a growler to enjoy. Little did I realize I was in for the ride of life. This complex beverage is all that they say. The frothy head bubbles over the glass. Lacing down the glass with a deep black liquid inside. It sets the standard for Imperial stouts. There were flavors of chocolate,rasins and coffee.. You let the beer roll around on your tongue as you enjoy this rich stout. The .5 gal growler is not enough. Another chance to enjoy this stout in Cass, WV. The stout poured with much frothing. The alitude must affect the beverage.


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