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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2013
In short: An intense, roasted, cacao-ized and very bitter big black stout. Tasty and excellent.
How: Bottle 22oz, a few times, not too sure about the age of this one, tasted fresh.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head with medium retention.
In long: The intense nose is bursting with cocoa, roast, black coffee, hop pellet. Taste is bold and without subtlety, charred malts, a lot of cocoa, burnt toasts, bitter black coffee, some vanilla, hop pellet. Very bitter finish where you don’t know what comes from bitter flavors (bitter chocolate, bitter coffee) and what comes from hops bitterness. The bitter finish washes away all the initial sweetness sensation. Full body with nice medium carbonation helping drinkability. I once again went through a full bomber as if it was a session stout. This is clearly a superior Imperial Stout for those who like the truly bold-American take on the style. I really loved that beer, I probably picked the right moment to open it, sometimes I fell like I’ve spent as much time in front of my cellar wondering what beer to open next as I have trying to figure out if my celling fan is slowing down or speeding up after I pulled the chain.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10293) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 13, 2013
Botella. Black colour, medium light brown head. Sweet well roasted maltiness in the aroma along with chocolate. Good mouthfeel. Sweet roasted maltiness and chocolate in the flavour with a good bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swanmann (584) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Deep dark chocolate brown with two fingers of well-sustained, dense and sticky mocha colored foam. It smells boozy, a bit like bourbon, also huge notes of coffee and caramel. The flavor is a massive dose of bittersweet mocha. I taste just a touch of licorice, adding some brightness without an overly medicinal quality. Full-flavored, thick and stout mouthfeel, but finishes with an almost powdery quality. It’s a delicious and bold imp stout.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Bottle. Dark maroon brown color. Aroma of dark cocoa, espresso, anise. Taste is Tootsie Roll, licorice. This is the first time I’ve used the word Tootsie in a beer rating.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fatehunter (1178) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Picked this up at the tap house in Ashland. It came in a quart jar filled from the tap. I drank it the next day. Minimal head on a clearer brown body. It’s a light color for a stout. It smells like oak and caramel. Rich. The taste is oaky and sweet with a touch of bitterness at the end. Smooth texture with minimal carbonation and a medium body. Pretty good and very drinkable for an imperial stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (16250) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle @ Papsø. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty strong chocolate and coffee aroma. Roasted malty chocolate, coffee and caramel flavor. has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Tasted at the Annual Black Friday tasting. It pours a nice darkness with a mocha colored head of foam floating above. The aroma offers up dark roasted malts, some burnt malts, a sliver of toffee, malts balls and then a highly toasted bread sort of note. The taste is both lively and firm with dark roasted malts, almost burnt maltiness, some sweet toffee and dark toasted bread. Yummy stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markwise (4424) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Thanks to IBrew2or3 for sending this one along. Cheers, Dave! Pours a heavy imperial stout brown-black with a tan head. Nose is roasted malts, some light licorice, some chocolate, some pine, and earth. Flavor follows pretty nicely: chocolate, roasted malts, pine, and cocoa. Medium in body and a nice imperial stout overall.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (2945) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 14, 2012
22 oz. bottle from Beer Heaven, Philadelphia, PA. Bought on 11 Oct 2012, so I’m guessing it’ s a 2011 vintage. Excellent eye, perfect Presentation, deep black with thin lasting head. Nose is chocolate, hints of spruce, licorice and bitter-sweet chocolate. (Tastes like Ghirardelli baking chips) A touch of soy sauce. Notes of licorice. Body is full and velvety. Damn, this is rich, sweet and full of roasted malts. No ABV to be found. I enjoyed this brew so much I really wish I had gotten two bottles.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (2505) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Bomber from letspour.com. Pour is black with brown head and fluffy retention. Aroma is dark roasty caramel, brown sugar, malts. Tastes are bitter chocolate, light licorice, sweet cocoa, coffee. Dry chalky finish. Alcohol covered well. Strange - nice though.


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