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RATINGS: 146   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kryon (1430) - SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2014
Pours black with low light brown head Aromas of violet, milk chocolate, brown sugar, hints of coffee, grassy notes Taste well balanced between sweet caramel malts and dark bitter maltyness

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14978) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
Bottle from Bottleworks, Seattle
Black color with medium sized brownish head. Aroma of roasted malt, burnt paper, liquorice, light anise, leather, black pepper, firewood; quite an adventure. Very smooth mouthfeel, round; strong flavor of roasted malts, some coffee, dark chocolate, liquorice, salt; strong bitterness too; dark biscuity feeling too.
Well constructed.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (3772) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 19, 2014
650 ml. Opaque with a lasting ring of cream. Nose is semi-sweet chocolate, toasted grain and a touch of coffee. Dominant flavors are toasted dark bread, cocoa and espresso. Hints of oats, blackberry and blackstrap molasses. Heavy body is smooth with low-medium carbonation and has a nice balance.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9142) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Very dark brown pour, medium brown head. Flavors of roasted malt up front, loads of tar and asphalt, coffee, bitter dark chocolate. This is pretty damn good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (2854) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 20, 2014
Bomber bought through craftbeer.se. 8,8% version. Pours reddish brownish black with a rather big creamy, frothy and tiny fizzy dark chocolate brown head that leaves some thick lacing on the glass while dissipating. Smell is tiny sweet and malty with roasted malts, heavy bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, liquorice fudge, burnt wood, dried pine needles, moist soil, caramel, soot and subtle hints of banana bread and burnt cookies. Taste is sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, caramel, liquorice fudge, bitter chocolate, moist soil, pine needles, hay, burnt cookies, heavy dark roast coffee, burnt wood and hints of vanilla fudge, alcohol, soot and cocoa powder. Mouthfeel is round, soft, silky, roasted astringent and near full bodied. finish is tiny sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, moist soil, dried pine needles, burnt wood, soot and smoldered hay. Very impressed with this one. Great "basic" imperial stout.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nicke80 (194) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2014
1 pint bottle at brewhouse 137. Pours black with little head. Smell of tar and soot. Taste of tar and coffee with long bitter after taste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Heikki (4) - - MAR 15, 2014 does not count
A big bottle, very dark. Long taste but lacks some in richness. Never the less, a great beer!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (11026) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
Linköping Beer Expo 2014. Pitch black beer with a small brownish head. Malty hazelnut aroma, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, licorice, roasted, figs, raisins, soot notes, some vinous notes. Roasted chocolate flavor, caramel, coffee, hazelnuts, licorice, soot, nutcreme, citrus, some floral notes. Roasted chocolate and caramel finish with hay, nuts, cream and chocolate notes. Delicious!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2308) - New York, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Bottled from decicco. Oily black pour. White head. Chewy dark chocolate malts, mild bitter finish - real nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
barn0216 (407) - California, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Pours black with brown head that lasts a long time. Chocolate, cocoa, roast, kind of a creaminess like an oatmeal stout. Rich roast chocolate flavor, cherry/almond tones. I can sense how the licorice has influenced the flavor but it doesn’t taste like licorice. Nice bitter aftertaste and an ash note present a pleasant contrast to the sweeter start. Good beer, although i can see the licorice component being polarizing.


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