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RATINGS: 129   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5789) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6715) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Bottle. Black beer with a tan head. Dark chocolate aroma with roasted coffee. Roast and toffee flavor with chocolate and a light fruitiness. Medium-plus bodied. Roast and chocolate linger with toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 16, 2011
22 oz bottle. Deep dark brown with a small, creamy light tan head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, licorice, coffee and molasses. Flavor is rich chocolate, french roast coffee, roasted malt and prunes. Full body with soft carbonation and a thick, lush mouth feel. Really nice Imp Stout, glad the adjuncts are very light and let the beer dominate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Hops in the finish and mostly coffee flavors in flavor with slight licoriche but not dominant.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cybercat (3196) - Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Aroma is absolutely heavenly - smoky with firm tones of quality coffee, molasses and sweet chocolate and a hint of licorice. It pours a deep, rich, warm opaque sable with a thick dark tan head that leaves some good lacing. Mouth filling flavor has a decided mocha core, quality coffee and chocolate plus licorice, molasses and even a bit of hoppy bitterness. Smooth flavor has a firm and biting fizz, and it leaves a smoky, slightly bitter, tingly finish. If ever you are in Oregon, grab a bottle - or better yet, grab two or three so you have something to trade.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Bottle shared at my mini tasting. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of dark roasted malt, esters, and a hint of licorice. Full bodied with average carbonation, and with a slick texture. Flavor of dark roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and just a very very small hint of licorice. Hop bitterness is not overdone, but it’s there . Nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thewade (304) - USA - JUN 24, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2013 Oh yeah.....I was a little worried with the comment, "brewed with licorice". But, this will not disappoint. Very strong, tasty, BIG beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (4574) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2011
Courtesy of 5000 via trade

Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, coffee, light black licorice, and a hint of vanilla. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small khaki head that fades to a thin film and leaves some very nice lacing. The flavor starts with chocolate and black licorice. The finish has roasted coffee, caramel, and faint vanilla. Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3272) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2011
22 oz bottle. Ebony with a sturdy tan head. Nose is dark chocolate, coffee, licorice and caramel. Almost full body with a tang finishing resiny. Taste is bittersweet chocolate and licorice, orange peel, grapefruit and coffee bean. Quite hoppy but perhaps too much with the licorice. I think this would benefit with some mellowing.

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