RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
To appeal to the hard drinking populace of Czarist Russia, English brewers developed this very strong (9% abv) and rich style of beer. Black and viscous, and heavily hopped, it became a favorite of the Imperial court, from which it takes its name.
2011 vintage - 9.0% abv

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Iphonephan (7515) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2016
On draft at the brewpub in Princeton. Pours a clear deep cola with a tan head. Flavors of cocoa and roasted grain. Bitter roast finish.

lownote (585) - Austin, Alabama, USA - NOV 2, 2015
Nitro, light aroma. Black with a nice head. Great rich body. Nice roasty body. Sweet. A bit too smooth.

Ferris (17800) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2015
Draft - Roast malts and some fruity notes. Deep jet black with a rich brown head. Light sweet roast malts, dark fruit and some sweetness. Pretty mellow and boring for the style.

keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2014
On nitro tap at Triumph Philly.
Appearance: Pitch black body with a huge creamy khaki nitro head.
Aroma: Super mild aroma with creamer and milk chocolate, but it’s way weak.
Taste: Sweet malts with big chocolate and mild roasted malts. Subtle yeasty esters on the finish top this off nicely. The finish lingers of bitter dark chocolate.
Palate: Soft and thick.
Overall: Despite the mild aroma, this is a great imperial stout with bold flavor.

ben4321 (6901) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2013
Location: Draft at the Brewpub - Princeton, 4/21/13

Aroma: It has a chocolaty nose, fairly sweet, with some lighter roast notes as well
Appearance: This one pours a dark brown color with a heavy tan head and coating lace
Flavor: The taste is medium sweet and chocolaty, balanced by some light bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, it has a fairly creamy feel, and it comes off as rather easy to drink
Overall Impression: I thought this was a pretty good one. It’s a solid example of the style, and a nice beer. I certainly didn’t have any complaints.

DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Draft wrong new hope. Black pour with head. Butterscotch aroma. Tastes sweet, not so Roasty. Finishes thin.

desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Part of the draft sampler @ the Princeton location. Opaque black body with a small beige head. Aroma roasty and sweet. Flavor of roasted coffee and chocolate with little alcohol. Bitter finish.

jcurtis55 (35) - Plainfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2011
I had this on tap at the Princeton location. It was served in a snifter, which was nice to see. The color is a completely opague black with a tan head. Lacing lasts a long time. Hay fever had my sinuses a bit stuffed up, so I wasn’t able to get as much aroma as I should but what I got was predominatly roasted malt. Flavor was also chocolatey roasted barley. It was served a pretty cold, but even as it warmed the alcohol stayed well in the background. All in all a very good Imperial Stout.

BillKismet (4170) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2011
Root beer brew with browned creme top. Exceptionally hoppy nose for an imperial stout, but otherwise, the malting seems subdued, or even flat. Pleasant chocolate roast barley flavors wind through the palate, with the hop flavor more balanced than the aroma would indicate. Well crafted to conceal the potency.

ROGUE (2216) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - JAN 26, 2011
On tap at brewpub. Pours deep opaque black with a thick tan head. Aroma of chocolate, and chalky roasted malt. Flavor of sweet rich malt, chocolate, coffee and alcohol. A medium mouthfeel, that is crisp and smooth. A nice well balanced easy drinking stout.

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