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RATINGS: 763   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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Barley, wheat, rye and oats provide the foundation for this big stout. Layers of complex flavors slowly emerge from the glass: espresso, roasted fig, creme brulee. Belgian yeast provides a plum-like fruitiness, noble German hops reveal spicy, herbal notes, while the rich, velvety mouthfeel mellows to a dry, smoky finish. Such a robust beer stands well by itself, but also makes a wonderful end-note to any rich, indulgent meal. Discover the secret of combining this roasty ale to sweets, by pairing with dark chocolate or caramel, or even by pouring it over ice cream.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5131) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Thanks to Secret Santa for this one! Black, with a rocky brown head. Sweet aroma - chocolate, some fruity notes, and Iím gonna say hickory. Flavor is pretty much what the aroma promises - chocolate and fruit, then a woody flavor. Pretty good, actually. Also, it seems a bit lighter bodied than I was expecting, which works really well here.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
natejgood (391) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Pours dark with a thick brown head. The aroma is rich and malty with lots of roasty smells with coffee and chocolate. This beer has a sweet dark chocolate flavor with malt and molasses. Though the flavor is somewhat sweet, this beer has enough bitterness to balance the sweetness nicely. This is a high alcohol beer and it tastes like it a bit. This is a solid dark winter stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Bottle courtesy of secret santa. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of roasted malt, cocoa, some peppery hints. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, rich, roasty malt, spicy with a semi-dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluejacket74 (1306) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2010
750 ml bottle, Batch 2010-1. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a couple inch frothy tan head. Head retention is pretty good, with a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, roasted malt, molasses, chocolate and some smoke. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, dark chocolate, coffee, smoke, and a bit of milk chocolate and dark fruit. Thereís also a nice lingering bitter roasty finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit syrupy and coating, but also seems a bit thin as well. Good carbonation. Drinkability is OK, itís certainly not hard to drink at all. I think this is a decent enough overall brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle pours deep brown/black with a tan head. Aroma shows moderate roast, caramel, chocolate, molasses, coffee, and dark fruit. Flavor shows the same with the rye starting to show through, an additional smokiness and touch of spicy hops.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Dark brown pour with a tan head. Green hops with herbal notes and roast. Some chocolate. Green hoppy flavor with some lactose tartness. Dry bitter finish. A bit heavy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dyetube (1181) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2010
This beer pours a black with a medium, dark tan head that dissipates quickly. The aromas are roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla, smoke. The mouthfeel is slightly watery and bitter with a heavy body. It has a great lingering roastiness and might be a slight more watery than I like an Impy stout to be, but this was still a great beer. Cheers!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths (7979) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 deep brown body with a fine-bubbled tan head. natural carbonation gives a delicateness, creaminess and softness that it rarely achieved in american craft beer; the yeast is certainly fruity and phenolic. initial impression is medium to heavy roast and oats, with fudge and cake-like chocolate malt. multi-layered and divinely decadent and delicious, itís a rare treat to witness such a hefty, weighty stout with such nuance and finesse.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2010
750ml bottle. Pours a cloudy, deep, dark mahogany color with a tall, smooth, mocha tinted head. Settling slowly to a small but lasting blanket, the head leaves behind wet flares that turn to sticky cobwebs of lace. The aroma is quite fruity and sweet, suggesting rum raisin and dark candy sugar amidst more familiar notes of semi-dry dark chocolate, anise, and blackened caramel. Nothing really stood out as a distinct varietal within the broad grain bill. Flavors show largely the same base profile, save for a distinctly earthen, slightly herbal hop profile that imparts a soft bitterness throughout. Dark baking chocolate, burnt caramel, raisin, and plum all play a role. Yeast is fruity and distinctly Belgian in style. Candy sugar sweetness lends a very foreign feel to this big American brewed stout. The palate is weighty, yet sufficiently aerated by lively, pillowy carbonation. Turning out semi-dry on the finish, lengthy fruit and roast notes go on for a good while. Overall, I found this to be a very solid, interesting brew, but the total package wasnít overwhelmingly great.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (4014) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2010
Pours out blacker than sin with a tan rocky head that refused to go away. Leaves really good lacing. The aroma screams "imperial stout" with huge notes of roasted chocolate malt, black licorice, earthy grains, deep dark plum from the Belgian yeast they used, and, dare I say, some grilled steak? Flavor is pretty much the same as on the nose, but dry and smoky. Very roasted chocolate malt, liquid smoke, a touch of espresso, deep rich velvety mouthfeel, and just overall stoutiness. Itís dang impressive, but for me, itís too smoky and boozy. Good though! Go get yourself one!


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