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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (11343) - Göteborg, 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2338) - New York, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Bottled from decicco. Oily black pour. White head. Chewy dark chocolate malts, mild bitter finish - real nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
barn0216 (417) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (972) - Vermont, USA - JAN 12, 2014
8.8% abv, displayed on bottom left-corner of label. 650 mL bottle purchased from Wing’s Market in Fairlee for $6.09 + tax. To long-stemmed tulip glass (Tiffany, thanks!), it pours a thick, rubbery mauve-tinted black; soap-sudsy caramel sienna head 1 fingernail in length. Aromas of red pottery clay, brimstone, puréed black cherries, cherry tomatoes, cotton, lavender, birch bark, black licorice candies, candied ginger, marshmallow root, and soil. Tastes of almond milk, cocoa, black licorice, birch beer, mocha, American Spirits Perique Rich Robust/Black tobacco, and beet sugar. Grill char, honey, yeast, sweet potatoes, buckwheat, and hop bitterness by swallow. Nutty and consumable. However, its alcohol content wasn’t hidden all that well: felt it after just its first sip. Swishable, and delicately creamy. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Vintage 2010. A: Quarter finger light mocha fades to translucent of the same. Beer is dark, dark brown. No lacing to speak of. S: Extra roasty. Coffee, graham, cocoa, malt, licorice. I can say, however, the hops are still quite present. Piney, resiny. Malt dominant, but still hoppy. T: Roast, cocoa, coffee, lighter hops with earthy feel. Good beer. Not spending much time here, but this is really good. M: thick and syrupy. Like a good beer should be in this genre. D: this is a really good beer. I hate to be a slave to price point, but at nearly $13 for a bomber, I want to be wowed. The beer is good, really really good. If under $9/bomber, I would be all about this one. Serving type: bottle 03-02-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (2409) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2013
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with small tan head. Aroma of coffee, licorice, bread, chocolate, biscuit, ash, dried fruit and port. Taste is light sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of ash, coffee, licorice and light booze. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVukelich (37) - Algona, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2013
I’m not a fan of licorice so when I brought it home and noticed "brewed with licorice" on the label I was a bit disappointed that I missed it. Surprise! This stout was pretty good. I wasn’t overwhelmed with licorice at all. Poured a decent head, lace was average upon drinking. Appearance was like pitch black, liquid gold. Aroma, taste and mouthfeel were all very decent. Not going to be my go-to imperial stout but highly likely to have again. Lesson be learned all...try new things! I would have never given this purchase a serious look if I would have noticed licorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ron (2651) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2013
After reading JB’s rating I had to pull mine out of the cellar. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of dark roasted malt 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jb (2276) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Bottle from Nathaniel’s. Pour is great looking for an IS, dark dark tan head, reddish. Thick head, leaves spotty lacing. Nose is anise, oak, leather. Taste is tootsie roll, licorice, and mocha. This stuff is amazing. 10.3 alcohol, really??? May be my highest score to date. (My bottle says 8.8 % !!)

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