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RATINGS: 139   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: Brewers’ licorice; Hops: Galena, Saaz; Original gravity: 1.088; Alcohol by volume: changed from 9% to 10.3% to 8.8%. Release date: December 1.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Crazy how many new brands keep coming into NC! Hard to keep up. Anyways, pretty good brew. Slick, thick pour. Nice and smooth, chalky syrup body with a potent chocolatey nose backed up by intense roasts. Heavy chocolate and hints of molasses, burnt coffee, and hard candy to taste. Dry hops could be just a shade more assertive. Pretty good though.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CampesinoTino (761) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Bomber. Pours black and opaque with creamy chocolate mocha head. Aroma is naturally dark and roasty with lots of bittersweet chocolate, brown sugar, molasses and coffee notes. The taste starts out with a strong shot of roast malt, dark chocolate and licorice flavors and follows with notes of espresso, dates, vanilla and caramel. Also some mildly herbal hops bitterness in the background. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and slightly sticky with some creaminess. It finishes dry with more roastiness, dark fruits and alcohol. Overall, an extremely rich yet well-balanced Imperial Stout that manages to remain smooth and drinkable after each sip, unlike many overdone versions of the style.

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 don’t 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 (8434) - 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 it’s welcome. Hints of dried fruit in the finish...the licorice? Carbonation is the only issue I can find, but it’s 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 (3242) - 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 (2146) - 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 (4887) - 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.


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