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RATINGS: 122   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2089) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Bottle from the Best Damn Beer Shop: Poured a jet black liquid and was topped by a thin layer of tanned colored head. In the aroma, a rich dark chocolate malt profiles dominated my nose while a faint scent of cocoa powder and alcohol lurk in the background. The stout is smooth and easy to drink with a dark robust usage of roasted malt that suggests a licorice flavored coffee all while staying true to the Imperial stout formula. Rich after notes of bitter milk chocolate and sort of reminds of chocolate milk. Impressive stout that carries its weight with a high ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksurkin (1022) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2011
22oz bottle from marina market. pours a beautiful, oily black with a thick, creamy, dark mocha head with great retention and thick sheets of lace. aroma is wonderful with massive notes of dark chocolate, brownie crusts, and roasted malts backed by notes of burnt brown sugar, licorice, and a touch of pepper with subtle hints of oatmeal and sweet, dark fruits. flavor is fantastic as well with rich, heavy dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee grinds, and brownies backed by subtle notes of rum soaked fruits, licorice, and toffee with a smooth balance of earthy hops and light spice notes. palate is wonderfully smooth, you can definitely tell this one aged for a year, with light carbonation and a long, lingering, roasted, chocolatey finish. overall, a wonderful off-the-radar imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (4532) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2011
Bottle sampled at OBW on 7/13/11. Black pour with a medium tan head. Chocolate malt aroma with dark fruit and coffee notes. Malty and chocolatey flavor up front, moving to a touch of alcohol and dark fruit before a bitter dark chocolate finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmussman (1688) - California, USA - JUL 25, 2011
Oh very nice. I wish I had bought a couple more of this. A real full bodied imperial stout. The malts are top notch. Smooth and smokey and crisp. Great brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5556) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Pours a totally black color with a medium dark brown head. A sweet nose of licorice, brown sugar, roasted malts, ash. The flavor is a lot like the Abyss; massive licorice, sweet and bitter chocolate, certainly I can see the pepper corn here, sweet vanilla. A mellow Imperial stout in some way, but well done. Leaves fairly dry with some lingering roast/bitterness. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6697) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Bottle. Black beer with a tan head. Dark chocolate aroma with roasted coffee. Roast and toffee flavor with chocolate and a light fruitiness. Medium-plus bodied. Roast and chocolate linger with toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 16, 2011
22 oz bottle. Deep dark brown with a small, creamy light tan head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, licorice, coffee and molasses. Flavor is rich chocolate, french roast coffee, roasted malt and prunes. Full body with soft carbonation and a thick, lush mouth feel. Really nice Imp Stout, glad the adjuncts are very light and let the beer dominate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Hops in the finish and mostly coffee flavors in flavor with slight licoriche but not dominant.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cybercat (2990) - Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Aroma is absolutely heavenly - smoky with firm tones of quality coffee, molasses and sweet chocolate and a hint of licorice. It pours a deep, rich, warm opaque sable with a thick dark tan head that leaves some good lacing. Mouth filling flavor has a decided mocha core, quality coffee and chocolate plus licorice, molasses and even a bit of hoppy bitterness. Smooth flavor has a firm and biting fizz, and it leaves a smoky, slightly bitter, tingly finish. If ever you are in Oregon, grab a bottle - or better yet, grab two or three so you have something to trade.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Bottle shared at my mini tasting. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of dark roasted malt, esters, 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. Hop bitterness is not overdone, but it’s there . Nice

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