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RATINGS: 555   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2010
12 ounce bottle. 2007 vintage. Pours an oily dark brown, with just a tiny head on top, otherwise not much carbonation apparent. Aroma is just generic malt, slightly grassy, really not much else. Aroma is just rather tame, weak. Flavor again is tame, but not as limp as the aroma: Chocolate and coffee show now, again some grassiness, general maltiness, not much else to say. The flavor is decent, but boring for an impy. No booze showing. Limp, watery mouthfeel. Overall, fair to good.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6484) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a medium sized dark brown head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was strong anise, roasty malts, chocolate and red wine. The flavor was robust and intense with roasty malts, anise, red wine, chocolate and vanilla. Long finish. Moderately full bodied. Well done.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (6219) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2016
Bottle. As expected, this is dark and brooding. Nice pile of foam. Rich aroma of licorice, raw coffee. The drink has some unexpected sweet swirl on the outer part of the palate. Great evening sipper for a cool evening. (#6133, 2/17/2016)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (2326) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2016
12oz bottle from Beer Bazaar in Hainesville. Bottle date is 12/18/2013. Pours black with a reddish tint, and little head. Aroma has licorice, anything else is minor in comparison. Taste is of big licorice, coffee, cocoa. Medium to full bodied with some alcohol. Finishes more sweet than bitter. The anise leads this, although it is blended interestingly with the coffee/cocoa. 14.4

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
N3lson1 (903) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2015
Drank from a pint glass poured from a twelve ounce bottle. Pours black not much head. Smells delicious, strong flavor as most imperials are.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsporrer (526) - 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.

1.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - 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

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fluffy (2280) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
demannu (339) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christpuncher (2660) - 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

3.9
   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


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