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RATINGS: 132   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Bottle from DBS. Aroma is medium roast coffee, licorice, and bitter chocolate. Flavor is a muted version of the aroma with some roastiness present. Palate was excellent, but it lacked something for me...couldn't put my finger on it. Very good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3301) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 20, 2012
12 ounce bottle purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe. The aroma on this has a lot of sweet, milk chocolate character, which gives way to a really rich coffee aroma. Very mocha-like. Scant metallic/herbal hop character is also present. This beer is quite quaffable. Opaque black body with a creamy, thick medium brown head present, and great lacing. Gorgeous brew. Starts with some thick, chewy chocolate maltiness, before this becomes quite roasted in the middle. Lots of coffee-like character is present, despite the absence of coffee. Finishes a little astringent, and slightly burnt. Perhaps some hop presence is contributing. A little thin-bodied. Still, a fairly enjoyable brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (2613) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2012
bottle, from Triangle Wine. Good aroma, sweet and roasty, Milk chocolate, coffee, dark orangy brown color. good brown head that faded quickly. minor lace. Bitter sweet flavor. Light body, creamy smooth mouthfeel, bitter dry finish Pretty tasty, Surprisingly light body, darn easy to drink, maybe one of the lighter impy’s stout I’ve had.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7834) - 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 (2480) - 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 (3945) - 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.


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