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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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Brewed in late December of every year,this imperial stout ages for one whole year before its release. Grist: Premium Two Row, Munich, Chocolate, Brown, Carafa Special, Crystal; Spices: Brewersí licorice; Hops: Galena, Saaz; Original gravity: 1.088; Alcohol by volume: changed from 9% to 10.3% to 8.8%. Release date: December 1.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
optimator13 (31) - Louisiana, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Big black. Nice medium brown head. Nice lace. Big roast, coffee and chocolate hints. BIG roast, BIG chocolate and a hint of coffee. Slight alcohol, but barely noticeable. Creamy feel, full bodied. I donít really get any licorice, but this is a great stout nonetheless.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8354) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 24, 2011
651mL courtesy of blutt59. Pours almost ink black looking very dark in the snifter. Generates a ferociously large mocha head. Nice retention and webby lace. Looking good. Nose is vanilla, chocolate covered raisins, with some volatile detergent clearing up as it warms into mild salty brine and umami savoriness. Taste is quite hoppy/bitter and spicy, black cherry, Nutella/hazelnut, loaded with dark chocolate...quite waxy and bitter chocolate. Clean palate. Quite balanced. Similar RIS approach as Southampton RIS and Bells Expedition. Definitely classy and well made. Loved this stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - OCT 5, 2011
22oz bottle. Rating #45. Dark black pour with a chocolate head. Roasty dark chocolate aroma with some coffee roast as well. Moderate roast and some bitterness in the finish, dark fruit sweetness is in the mix as well, very pleasant. (1928)

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nbondi (201) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2011
My 100th! Pours black and viscous with lasting tan head. Great nose of chocolate, molasses, tobacco, caramel, and vanilla. Thick and chocolaty with a more pronounced carbonation presence than expected. More coffee than the nose would suggest, but itís welcome. Hints of dried fruit in the finish...the licorice? Carbonation is the only issue I can find, but itís a small one. Divine nose, great taste, and sticky body more than make up for it. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (3175) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 26, 2011
From the bottle. I guess this is the old version since it says 8.8% on the bottle. It pours a really nice dark brown with a thick, stable brown head. The aroma is very complex and balanced with some chocolate, toasted coconut, dark fruit, licorice and some coffee. The flavor is also just right for an imperial stout. Thick bodied and rich, but not cloying. Lots of roast and licorice, some more coconut and a good cocoa/coffee balance. Not sure if this version also had currents and dates in the recipe, but I do get some hints of dark fruit. Pretty drinkable and very satisfying.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2145) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Bottle from the Best Damn Beer Shop: Poured a jet black liquid and was topped by a thin layer of tanned colored head. In the aroma, a rich dark chocolate malt profiles dominated my nose while a faint scent of cocoa powder and alcohol lurk in the background. The stout is smooth and easy to drink with a dark robust usage of roasted malt that suggests a licorice flavored coffee all while staying true to the Imperial stout formula. Rich after notes of bitter milk chocolate and sort of reminds of chocolate milk. Impressive stout that carries its weight with a high ABV.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2011
22oz bottle from marina market. pours a beautiful, oily black with a thick, creamy, dark mocha head with great retention and thick sheets of lace. aroma is wonderful with massive notes of dark chocolate, brownie crusts, and roasted malts backed by notes of burnt brown sugar, licorice, and a touch of pepper with subtle hints of oatmeal and sweet, dark fruits. flavor is fantastic as well with rich, heavy dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee grinds, and brownies backed by subtle notes of rum soaked fruits, licorice, and toffee with a smooth balance of earthy hops and light spice notes. palate is wonderfully smooth, you can definitely tell this one aged for a year, with light carbonation and a long, lingering, roasted, chocolatey finish. overall, a wonderful off-the-radar imperial stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (4854) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2011
Bottle sampled at OBW on 7/13/11. Black pour with a medium tan head. Chocolate malt aroma with dark fruit and coffee notes. Malty and chocolatey flavor up front, moving to a touch of alcohol and dark fruit before a bitter dark chocolate finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - JUL 25, 2011
Oh very nice. I wish I had bought a couple more of this. A real full bodied imperial stout. The malts are top notch. Smooth and smokey and crisp. Great brew.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5902) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Pours a totally black color with a medium dark brown head. A sweet nose of licorice, brown sugar, roasted malts, ash. The flavor is a lot like the Abyss; massive licorice, sweet and bitter chocolate, certainly I can see the pepper corn here, sweet vanilla. A mellow Imperial stout in some way, but well done. Leaves fairly dry with some lingering roast/bitterness. Very nice.


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