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Bottleworks VII (7th) Anniversary

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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Enjoy this special edition Imperial Stout brewed by The Issaquah Brewery Brewmaster, Arlen Harris, for the Bottleworks 7th Anniversary. Artwork done by Bottleworks’ own Kevin Sullivan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2006
Bottle 2006 thanks to Oakes. Black colour with a big brown head. Roasted, smoke, licorice, light coffee aroma and taste. Medium to full body with a light smoked, bitter dry finish. Like Thisted Limfjords porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2843) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 14, 2006
A black appearance with a beige head. The flavor consists of chocolate, caramel, licorice, and coffee. The aftertaste is rather dry and bitter. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2006
Bottle. Pours a dark brownish-caramel colour with a small mocha head. The aroma is dark/toasty malt and also some citrusy hops and light smoke. Quite a bit of alcohol in the front and there is a big whack of hoppiness with lingering pine. Caramel substance is evident as well as some faint bitter cocoa. Pretty solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (7268) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc, mds & tupalev -- courtesy of jerc. Pours a very dark ruby-brown with a large diminishing foamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, hops, chocolate and some coffee. Flavour starts quite bitter and slightly alcoholic followed by roasted malt, cocoa and coffee and plenty of hops. Nice medium body. Once you get past that initial bitter/boozy kick this is really good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2006
KP’s fest. Pours a pitch black with a deep tan head. Aroma is lots of roasted coffee, chocolate and roasted barley, and light fruity esters. Dry acrid burnt malts in the flavro, more coffee, chocolate and sharp dark caramel malts for a lightly sweet middle and acrid lightly harsh bitterness in the end. Smooth and full body- a bit dirty and yeasty but otherwise this was awesome stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Aroma holds mild snokey notes, chocolate, roasted/burnt malt and coffee. Body is deep black with a finger thick mocha head. Fore is dark chocolate, burnt malt, black coffee and just gobs of roastiness. Finishes with a hoppy flourish, but is not overly bitter (other than the roast bitterness) during the early stages of the beer. Pretty nicely done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2006
Bottle shared with the regular crew plus MDS at Greg’s, courtesy of Jerc. Black, thick tan head. Nice roast aroma, but with a hint of sourness that really detracted for me. Thick silky mouthfeel - awesome - adds lots of depth and complexity to his beer. Taste features tons of roast and the expected chocolate. The taste and depth are the standouts here, good Impy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (3215) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2006
Bottle shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry, jerc, tupalev & mds - courtesy of jerc. Deep brown with a small mocha head. Big roasty nose with notes of coffee and cocoa. Body is a bit thin, but the flavour more than makes up for it - roast malt and dry coffee, with a great hop bitterness developing in the finish. Solid stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2006
Black body, dark brown with a creamy head. Tangy roast malt and some hops in aroma. Dry bitter roast in the flavour is complemented by a fair dose of hops, light fruity malt hints. Dry cocoa in the finish lingers with a light alcohol presence. Medium palate (3+). Quite nice! Thanks Larry Pitonka. 7/4/8/3+/16-17

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2006 Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc, mds and tupalev, jerc’s bottle. Deep opaque brown-black with a decent foamy dark brown head. Lovely dark roast malt aroma, the usual chocolate, prune/plum, nutshell bitterness, coffee grounds - dark and bitter, not much alcohol in the whiff. Taste was very bitter indeed, almost too much so - near-burnt roast malt, acidic strong roast coffee, a little chocolate and fruit character, only just hints at fruitiness - but there’s booze in the taste, which is where all that carbonized malt and nutty (hop?) bitterness proves useful - disguising the alcohol punch in the finish. Nice solid, almost oily body, decent carbonation, long, bitter, fairly complex bitter finish - very nice "big" impy.

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