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RATINGS: 533   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Black as coal in color, this bottle conditioned Stout has a velvety rich and sweet malt aroma. After pouring, a dense brown head gives way to a big, full-bodied and creamy texture that has flavors of roasted coffee and black currants, blending perfectly with the malt. A generous amount of hops add balance and complexity to this extraordinary stout that will continue to improve with age. A worthy beer to cellar and enjoy throughout the year.


DialSquare's rating

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (2306) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2010
12oz bottle from Andersons in Toledo. Pitch black pour with a thin tan head that leaves a ring. Pleasant aroma of sweet toasty chocolate malts. Tastes are cocoa, chocolate, wine-like booze, and toffee. Finishes lightly dry ashy bitter. Thin to medium palate with little spike of carbonation late on. Like this one - very drinkable - more than the sum of its parts.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (2654) - McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2014
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours black with a tan head. Milk chocolate nose. Flavors of licorice, roasted grains, and hints of bittersweet chocolate. Medium to heavy body, moderate carbonation, Bitter roasted finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (1532) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 30, 2014
@ Party Source / Bellvue KY Opaque black with a dark tan head that quickly drops to the rim, dots of lace. Aroma of toasted malt. Taste is roasted malt at its best, moving beautifully through the palate while adding honey biscuit and a hint of chocolate, only to give too much up adding prunes and hops in an average finish. If only the opening had continued....

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nsquishee (570) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Not a lot of aroma, only lingering chocolate malt. Medium body, medium alcohol finish. Just ok for me.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Homer321 (971) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Bottle share thanks to droofus. Slight scent of Ohio initially. Moderate cocoa and chocolate. Slightly bitter like dark chocolate and almost harsh. Slightly astringent. Somewhat thin. Overall decent but could be bigger with a more chewy viscous mouthfeel

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrewFace (467) - Rockledge, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Pours very deep dark blackish color. Aroma is roasty, grainy, some vanilla character, lots of alcohol. Semi sweet malt, toasty, some vanilla.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holtguy (114) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2013
What’s to say. Very solid Imperial Stout. Sweet with Light bitterness. Flavor of chocolate and coffee, some roastiness. Very good.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
seymour (1319) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Shared the 2007 vintage as the commercial example of Russian Imperial Stout at last night’s St. Louis Brews meeting. Wow, what a missed opportunity! Opaque black with no head or lace. Basic stout characteristics, slight fruitiness, charcoal, no hops, lots of alcoholic heat, very mushy and cardboardy. I know moderate oxidation can add complexity to this style, but I gotta think this one was way past its prime.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skoll (415) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Pours black with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates.aroma smoke, cocoa,soy, coffee,dried dark fruit.flavor of burnt sugars,espresso,bitter cocoa,and soy.full bodied,slick mouth feel,low carbonation.long bitter finish. I have i just purchased at 9 abs and 90 ibu’s but a different label.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DenverLogan (750) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2013
From a 2010 bottle. Says 90 IBUs and has a different label. Poured in a smallish Eku tulip glass. Pours a ruby black with large brown head and lace. Aroma of dark roasted malts and burnt marshmallows, with a touch of powdered sugar, dark chocolate and light oxidation. Med carbonation and penetrating mouthfeel. Flavors of dark roasted malts, cooking chocolate, light espresso, minerals and smoke. Overall big, tasty, dark, rich, but a bit musty. Has held up nicely with age though it was probably better with less than a year of age. I’ll slide the scale up a bit based on this assumption and that it has held up relatively well with age.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
demmbonz (450) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2013
12oz to snifter. Dark pour with a darker brown head. Roasted malt flavor. Sweet and bitter.


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