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RATINGS: 851   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
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After a one year hiatus the Imperial Stout is back in action. We figured that after catching a bit of flack for its absence we’d have it return with a bang. We bumped up the starting gravity from 20° P to 24° P. This allowed the beer to finish just over 10% ABV. Like this year’s Barleywine, we’ve decided to play with the hop character, specifically the dry hop presence. Trying to avoid the fiasco of my previous attempt at adding pellets to the fermentor, I did what any good manager would do: I made Charlie add them. He had the advantage of being able to add the hops directly through a top manway and so his besting me in this challenge is not necessarily a sign of his superior brewing skills but more a reflection of my adventurous, try anything spirit (or at least that’s the story I’m stickin’ to). The Charles added 44 lbs of Cascade, split evenly between two batches, or about half a pound per barrel. We then transferred the beer onto seventy-eight pounds of an even mixture of Centennial and Columbus whole flowers, about one pound per barrel. The beer is a little top heavy in terms of the hopping but it seems to be smoothing out a bit as it’s aging. I’d give it six months or so, if you can wait that long. If not, hey, enjoy it anyway.
2014 - 9.4% abv

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
EvilCat (80) - FRANCE - AUG 12, 2014
Bouteille. (Merci Brewgrav). Robe noire opaque, belle mousse café onctueuse mais évanescente. Nez complexe et gourmand sur le malt torréfié, le caramel brûlé, la vanille et le café au lait. Belles notes vertes de houblons et de distillat de prune. La bouche tout en rondeur est très expressive sur le chocolat, le caramel et le café. Finale sèche et amère sur le marc de café , marquée par des notes florales de houblons. La dégustation s'achève par une note chaleureuse d'alcool. Une impérial stout à l'américaine typée par le houblon. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (5586) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUL 31, 2014
Bottled from Systembolaget Pitch black with a beige head. Coffe, chocolate, figs, sweet dried fruits in both aroma and flavour. Soft palate. Slightly vinous.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Appearance: Pours dark brown, nearly black with a sparse khaki film atop.

Aroma: Big dark chocolate malt, aromatic herbal hops,walnuts, brewed black coffee.

Taste: Bitter roasted and burnt dark malts, spicy Euro hops, acidic black coffee. Semi sweet chocolate notes make the bitter and burnt aspects wonderful. Lingers well past the sip.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, medium carbonation level. On the dry side.

Overall: A perfect example of an Imperial Stout. Depending on your own preference, you could drink it fresh with it’s sharp roast notes, or let it lie down for some mellowing. You can’t go wrong either way. Oh, and I’ll say it. Better than Kate The Great by a mile. I know this is a different product from a different brewer, but I had to say it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vells (652) - LATVIA - JUL 24, 2014
Cant call this outstanding, but solid IMP all the way. Moderate roasted malts, quite intense hops in background, light choco, light vanilla, intense hop fruitiness for an IMP. Feels quite smooth. Sweetish with moderate bitterness. Enjoyable good sized bottle :P

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (3028) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Dark brown colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Coffee, roasted malt, liquorice, vanilla.
Body: Full body and carbonation.
Flavour: Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, liquorice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (3984) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours a pitch black body with a large, creamy off-white head, looking quite spectacular. Nose is cocoa, lactic chocolate tones, leather, licorice and hints of dark berries and biscuits. Taste is dark chocolate, mild leather, licorice, coffee, dark berries and hints of lactic creamy caramel, dark malty tones and hints of dried fruits. Creamy, full body, soft carbonation. Lovely smooth imperial stout with great balance and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pumpmaster (1124) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2014
22 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $5.99 Very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
c0fein (191) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 16, 2014
650ml bottle from Systembolaget Passagen

Beautiful deep black colour with a big brown head. Sweet aroma. Flavour is rich and sweet, also chocolate, hops and caramel. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer_est_deus (638) - örebro, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2014
Svart öl med ett stort, brunt skum. Doft: Frukt, rostat, kakao, vanilj, kola, choklad. Smak: Kaffe, kakao, bränt socker, rostat, övermogen frukt, malt, soya och det kommer tydligt i eftersmaken. Smakar tyvärr inte lika underbart som den doftar. Tror den vill ha mer tid att mogna.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cool_Bond (1312) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2014
Slightly fruity aroma. The taste is a bit more towards dark chocolate, soy sauce and dark coffee. Bitterness to the aftertaste is heavy and attach himself in the upper part of the mouth forever. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

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