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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7822) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Bottle. Pours with a nearly black body with a large tan head. Aromas are of roast, lactose, nutty, milk chocolate, esters, alcohol fumes, raisins, dates, odd phenol, leather, milk chocolate, cereal, caramel, nougat and dark fruit. Flavors are dry and bitter with a slightly lactic acid edge. Milk chocolate, leather, red currants, dark fruit (at the time I was rating this, I didn’t know about the adjuncts, and thought it might be a mild infection...I guess not). Fudge, earth, pepper, raisins, mild metallic. Somewhat chalky. Mineral, butter. Low carbonation with a full body.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Served from a 22 oz bottle from Barron’s. The appearance is a ruby edged black without much head. The aromas are chocolate and other dark malts, a bit of a wooden tone to it. Some dark dried fruits as well. The flavors are well roasted malts, dark malts, black licorice, peppercorn, and dark dried fruits. A nice full mouth with a dense carbonation. Very nice brew. Nice flavor profile. Well worth a try.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2012
22 oz. from Chucks, $10.49. I was a bit skeptical considering the price, but this is a great beer. Smells like pine trees (or is that because of the tree on the front)? Tastes robust and big and hearty yet smooth with a hot cocoa aftertaste. Pleasantly surprised.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2466) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Bottle bac from best way. Not as complex as the big boys but still an entertaining drink. Molasses and soy sauce followed by a light bitter finish and some alcohol bite. Roasts malt candi sugar and full bodied sweetness. Aroma has some fruit and is a little faint.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2012
(22oz bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate, graham cracker, raisins, and roasted malt. Flavor of ash, chocolate, juniper, caramel, and roasted malt.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Pours black with a creamy brown head. Aroma is nice and earthy, lots of tobacco leaf, leather, molasses, chocolate, coffee, roast malt. Taste has lots of sweet mocha flavor with some burnt malt/coffee bitterness. Smooth texture, medium low carbonation, silky.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (3930) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Thanks emacgee for sharing. Black with a small sudsy tan head. Nice nose of heavy roasted malts, molasses, chocolate, licorice, light pepper, char. Creamy palate with flavors of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, licorice. Medium sweeter, medium bitterness. Alcohol very well hidden. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5789) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2011
22oz bottle .. . Dark dark brown, medium head- light lacing .. . you’re the only person i’ve seen get sick going through the turnstile .. . chewy, roast, charcoal, black, light sweetness, tar .. . great brewski! .. . . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM7m6ESFA78

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (3958) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Pours dense opaque black with two fingers of burnt brown head. Rich and heavy bouquet, lots of black strap molasses and coffee roast with bakers chocolate and some dark grain acidity. Coating mouthfeel, very full body. Dry roasty flavor with some coffee grounds and bitter cacao. Black strap up and down, burnt sugar. Bit too biting and acrid for my taste. Nice for them though.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fred82 (2114) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2011
Bomber thanks to pintplease.
Appearance : Pitch black with small head.
Aroma : Lots of coffee with light sweetness. Roasted malt with resinous notes.
Taste : Quite bitter with hops and lots of coffee. Nice roasted malt leading to a resinous finish. Light acidity. Quite bitter for the style. Nice hoppy finish with coffee. Light sweetness.
Overall : Nice beer. Great coffee with nice resinous hops. Lot of punch and richness. Nice lingering sweetness on finish. Very well made.


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