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RATINGS: 551   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Our extraordinary Imperial Stout is black as midnight with a rich, palate warming mouth feel. It offers an alluring aroma of dark roasted malts and blackstrap molasses with a hint of smoke. The flavor features notes of coffee, bittersweet cocoa, black licorice and hints of prune. A generous addition of hops contributes to the complexity and balance, and gives the liquid a pleasantly astringent finish. With proper aging, our Imperial Stout matures for up to fours years. It is winner of a prestigious Gold Medal for Bottle Conditioned Ale at 2002 Real Ale Festival.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2004
Opaque black body with an intially large, dark tan head. A little lacing.
Big chocolate aroma. Roasted malt, plum/raisin and maybe a little alcohol also in the aroma. Nice.
Syrupy sweet malts and bittersweet chocolate dominate the flavor. Nice bitter bite between the hops and malts. Alcohol is 100% masked.
Full bodied with a great creamy mouthfeel. Long finish and quite warming. Bring the snow on!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsporrer (134) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2015
Pours a deep dark brown almost black with just a thin tan ring. Thin to medium slightly oily body that clings to the glass. Pleasant aroma of roasted nutty malt with a hint of dark fruit or dark chocolate. Flavor is roasted malts with some bitterness. A little bit of dry smoky flavor with a slightly harsh finish. Not as smooth or thick as I had hoped for. Not bad but I’ve had better.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
DavoleBomb (1614) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2015
Poured into a snifter. 3.25 A: Black color. One finger of frothy light brown head. Retention is a touch below average and leaves no lacing. 1.5 S: This is quite disappointing. Got some major nail polish going on here. Otherwise, roasty and boozy. 1.25 T: Taste is even worse. Boozy, astringent, chemical. That’s all I need to say. This sucks. 3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a light creaminess. 1.0 D: Couldn’t make it through. Drain poured at least half the glass. Shame on you Arcadia. ★ 512 characters DavoleBomb, Aug 13, 2013

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fluffy (1967) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2015
a decent enough stout but nothing to write home about. would have again but not going looking for it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
demannu (230) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Solid but not worth the 4 pk price. Got my bottle as part of a craft your own 6pk. Lacks in aroma. Black pour with a light tan head and decent lacing early in glass but minimal later on. Nice creamy mouth feel, not overly heavy. Enjoyable flavor. Not a fan of the way this beer finished though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christpuncher (2173) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2015
A nice imperial stout. Very hoppy and boozy with a strong roasted malt back bone. Pours black with a nice white head. Had a draft at Arcadia ales. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
2010 vintage. 12 oz bottle courtesy of Chris, served next to the barrel-aged version in a stem glass. Pours deep black with a small tan head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose has huge vanilla and chocolate notes, along with molasses, dark fruit and earth. The flavour is slightly sweet with chocolate and vanilla, but with a slight coffee note as well. The finish is long, slightly bitter and earthy with espresso and roasted malts. On the palate it is medium full in body with a smooth, milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall a very nice imperial stout with prominent vanilla notes and elegant roasty malts. 2014-12-11

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (4319) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Black licorice is the first taste. Chocolate. Sugary and sweet. 12oz bottle pour at kincaides. Marshmallow and oily aroma. Decent but thought it was a little highly rated here

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jasond612 (281) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2014
10/4/14. Bought a 4pk @ RW. Gave 1 to Luke. Dark and thin head. Not a lot of aroma. Pretty meh ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1250) - - AUG 5, 2014
Pours black. Aroma and taste are roasted malts that starts sweet and finishes mildly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (1455) - GREECE - JUL 10, 2014
355 ml bottle, 2010 vintage, at home. Black color with nice beige-brown head. Aroma is roasted malty with a lot of coffee, chocolate, some vanilla and wood, fruity (blackberries?) and some alcohol. Taste is light sweet and it becomes heavy bitter almost from the beginning. Coffee and chocolate again in the taste. Medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, nice alcoholic warming bitter finish.

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