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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (3504) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Black in color with a small tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, molasses, and caramel. Taste is of molasses, dark fruits, maple, chocolate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2009
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, dark brown colored pour with light tan foam, aroma is interesting blend of celery seed, white pepper, maple sugar, flavors of burnt coffee, maple syrup, cocoa, nice syrupy finish

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7788) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 27, 2009
12 oz bottle shared by bu11zeye. Pours with a small, light brown head over a very dark, off-black body. Aroma of maple, molasses, dirt, and chocolate fudge. Taste is of chocolate and maple. Smooth and mouthcoating.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Aroma of chocolate and coffee with a touch of dark fruit. Pours black with a nice creamy brown head that is there throughout. Chocolate and roasted malt with a touch of sweetness as well. Creamy body, very smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tturner (111) - , Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Probably good that it’s not classified as a Russian Imperial. It’s close to one but doesn’t have the malty caramely front end I’d expect. I get some dark fruits, raisins and prunes in the nose. Complex flavors. Not overly fond of the finish, it kinda slinks away with a thin sour bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8530) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2008
12oz bottle acquired in trade with bitbucket (thanks!). Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, coffee, and raisins. Weaker tastes of the same. This one started out well...looked nice, smelled pretty good and then the tastes were a bit of a let down...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Courtesy of Acertain. Thank you, sir. 12 oz bottle. Huge aroma of sweet licorice, caramel, burnt sweet malts, gobs of sweet dark fruits and mild dark chocolate. Very nice aroma. The beer pours full on black and features a thumb thick mocha head that fades quickly. Massively bitter crushed aspirin, burnt malt and dark baker’s chocolate. More black licorice through the middle. It dries out a little in the finish and gets a little red wine like with faint smoky burnt notes. Very nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Bottle: Pours an inky black with a tan head and light lacing. The nose is bright with licorice, coffee, cinnamon and rich toasty roasty malts. The flavor is balanced; moderate astringency, acidity, bitterness and mild alcohol. Ample roast and creamy notes in the mouthfeel. Bright and chewy, lots of buried fruit; cherry, berries, vanilla. Complex yet so low of ABV. Maybe brash, but it’s hitting the spot.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2008
6/7/08 On draught at the ExBeerience beer festival. Aroma is of low sweet roast. Appearance is very dark brown with a low tan head. Flavor is rich, toasty sourness. Mouthfeel is full bodied with no creaminess or carb texture. Overall, not terrible, but not easy drinking.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7008) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Bottled. Poured a lovely shade of deepest brown with a creamy cap of dark tan head. The aroma picked up a hefty dose of molasses to complement dark chocolate and sticky caramel.. lots of roast throughout and enough character to approximate an imperial stout. The flavor opened with pine and citric bitterness that was followed by a rich array of well-roasted dark maltage (dark chocolates, coffee, and molasses primarily).. lively bitterness again on the back that cut into and complemented the roast factor.. warm finish with pine and sticky dark malts. Medium-plus bodied with enough carbonation to keep it moving across the palate (some sharp prickly notes on the sides).. I thought this was quite good, and It looks like I got lucky with the condition of my bottle.


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