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RATINGS: 419   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!

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crash_the_dog (148) - Fairway, Kansas, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Great looking beer - thick and dark with a durable golden-tan head. Nose is chocolate with an anise overtone. Surprisingly understated nose. Velvety mouthfeel, with an assertive bitter taste. Really well-rounded stout. Slight whiskey hints from the barrel aging. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (444) - 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 (1414) - 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 (971) - 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 (2034) - 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 (3453) - 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 (1882) - 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 (887) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle. Blackish beer with a brown head. Chocolate and light bourbon aroma with vanilla. Rich toffee and whiskey flavor with light vanilla and light fruitiness. Fuller bodied. Toffee and caramel linger with whiskey, light vanilla, and light chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 12, 2014
love the smokestack series and this one rivals the quad for the best. Great dark pour with amazing head retention and lacing. Very flavorful and robust.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BucannonXC5 (827) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Type: 750ml (25.9 oz.) bottle Glass: Sea Smoke oversized wine glass From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif. Price: $14.99 (received as a Father’s Day gift) Purchased: June 14, 2014 Consumed: July 2, 2014 Misc.: Champagne cork; Batch No. 1613310-2 (semi-guessing on the ‘6’); Best by Nov. 2015; 2013 edition Poured a pitch black color with three fingers of frothy tan head. Average amount of sporadic foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Fantastic retention, settling nicely in the beginning and only losing a little bit on the top the rest of the way. Smelled rich chocolate, roasted dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, dates, fig, light tobacco?, wet cocoa powder, boozy liquor, rye, whiskey and faint smoky fire. Really grew on me after a few whiffs. Tasted just as good as the smell. Got toffee, caramel, dark chocolate booziness, thick cocoa powder, light coffee beans, smooth whiskey, plum, dates, figs, hot fudge and roasted nuts. Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. Just a fantastic beer. Loved every moment of it.

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