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RATINGS: 450   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
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Like India Pale Ale, Imperial Stouts were originally brewed with high percentages of malt and hops to help them withstand the rigors of a long sea journey, not to India but to Imperial Russia and the Baltic States. Our version is an over-the-top riff on the style, with a huge grain bill featuring several kinds of malted barley, wheat, rye, and oats. A portion of the batch has been aged in whiskey barrels, then blended with fresh ale before bottling. Za Vas!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (2729) - California, USA - AUG 31, 2014
31 aug 2014, bottle. Black. Nose is serious alcohol, slight nail polish remover, plums, dark chocolate. Full body and moderately fizzy. Bitter dark chocolate, figs, alcohol, nail polish remover. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (2761) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 27, 2014
On tap at Cugino’s. It poured a jet black color with a tan head. The aroma was of whiskey, dark fruit and some dark chocolate. The taste was of whiskey, dark chocolate, roast, coffee, dark fruit and caramel. The whiskey from the barrel aged portion is really well balanced, not too little and not too much. Awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (2271) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Finally able to nab this one. As I missed out on it last Spring when it showed up on growler at the Breeze In. Luckily, it came back around and here’s my take on this one. Out of a grumbler from Breeze In (Lemon Creek location, Juneau AK). This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a soft and somewhat refined bubbly off white to slight tan slim head. This head died within about less than forty seconds. The lacing was there in a slightly weird messy way, but it was there. The smell started off with a boozy roasty coffee cocoa sort of blend. As it warmed, a light plum entered in. The taste was mainly boozy and sweet but did have a decent roasty quality about it. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with more of a sipper aspect to it. The carbonation was slightly there but allowed a decent harshness to pervade. Overall, I say this was a good Imperial Stout it draws out all of the aspects as any Imperial Stout should. This would make a great night capper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Wish lister from John’s Market in Portland. Last year’s was 40% barrel-aged, not 10 (as in the description) but tasted like it was 100%. I was hoping for more nuances to come through this barreled blend, but it ended up being far more barrel heavy than expected. That said, it was damn good. Lucious and decadent, and got better as it warmed. All kinds of flavors battling for attention in there...rye, chocolate malt, booze, oak, anise. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wxman (1474) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2014
On tap at Global Brew. Pours an opaque dark brown, almost black with a nice tan head. Coffee and bourbon aroma. Rich roasted malt flavor, along with coffee, licorice, dark chocolate and bourbon again. Real busy, but great!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Jet black pour with a tan head. Big roasty aromas with notes of coffee and cocoa. Wonderful notes of whiskey and oak as well. Flavor is a perfect balance between roasted malts and whiskey/oak notes. This brew is so well balanced. Rich and robust finish. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (2473) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 2, 2014
From a 2013 bottle. Pours dark brown with a creamy, fizzy tan head. Tastes like chocolate, syrup, molasses, light coffee bitterness, and booze. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like booze, chocolate, vanilla, and dry spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (3757) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 2, 2014
2013 bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma is caramel and chocolate malts, vanilla, oak, faint whiskey, dates, plums, and some roast. Flavor is chocolate and roast malts, light earthy bitterness, coffee, faint dark fruit sweetness, some vanilla, and faint booze; dry, oak finish. Medium/full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2069) - Silver Spring, USA - JUL 28, 2014
On tap at Frisco Tap House & Brewery in Columbia, MD. Opaque, near black with a thin light tan head and very good lacing. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, toffee and sweet dark fruit. Taste of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, toffee, sweet dark fruit, alcohol and a touch of charcoal. Medium body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinator (1060) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Very nice. 2011 Edition. Aroma of dark sweet malts, wood and bourbon. Very dark and thick in appearance. Virtually no head, which lead to concern it had gone flat. Palate was heavy, smooth, oily and had the right amount of carbonation. Dark roasted sugar flavors with a strong roasted character and some chocolate. Alcohol and bourbon were pronounced. Well done.

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