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RATINGS: 134   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
   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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5796) - .....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 (3984) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Crazy how many new brands keep coming into NC! Hard to keep up. Anyways, pretty good brew. Slick, thick pour. Nice and smooth, chalky syrup body with a potent chocolatey nose backed up by intense roasts. Heavy chocolate and hints of molasses, burnt coffee, and hard candy to taste. Dry hops could be just a shade more assertive. Pretty good though.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CampesinoTino (754) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Bomber. Pours black and opaque with creamy chocolate mocha head. Aroma is naturally dark and roasty with lots of bittersweet chocolate, brown sugar, molasses and coffee notes. The taste starts out with a strong shot of roast malt, dark chocolate and licorice flavors and follows with notes of espresso, dates, vanilla and caramel. Also some mildly herbal hops bitterness in the background. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and slightly sticky with some creaminess. It finishes dry with more roastiness, dark fruits and alcohol. Overall, an extremely rich yet well-balanced Imperial Stout that manages to remain smooth and drinkable after each sip, unlike many overdone versions of the style.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
optimator13 (31) - Louisiana, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Big black. Nice medium brown head. Nice lace. Big roast, coffee and chocolate hints. BIG roast, BIG chocolate and a hint of coffee. Slight alcohol, but barely noticeable. Creamy feel, full bodied. I don’t really get any licorice, but this is a great stout nonetheless.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8283) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 24, 2011
651mL courtesy of blutt59. Pours almost ink black looking very dark in the snifter. Generates a ferociously large mocha head. Nice retention and webby lace. Looking good. Nose is vanilla, chocolate covered raisins, with some volatile detergent clearing up as it warms into mild salty brine and umami savoriness. Taste is quite hoppy/bitter and spicy, black cherry, Nutella/hazelnut, loaded with dark chocolate...quite waxy and bitter chocolate. Clean palate. Quite balanced. Similar RIS approach as Southampton RIS and Bells Expedition. Definitely classy and well made. Loved this stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - OCT 5, 2011
22oz bottle. Rating #45. Dark black pour with a chocolate head. Roasty dark chocolate aroma with some coffee roast as well. Moderate roast and some bitterness in the finish, dark fruit sweetness is in the mix as well, very pleasant. (1928)


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