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Carolina Imperial Stout
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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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It's a rich, chewy, black beer with strong chocolate, roasted and caramel malt flavors, a warm alcohol taste and hints of black licorice. It weighs in at 8.8% alcohol by volume.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerme31 (493) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours black or at least very very dark brown. Very thin beige lacing. Nice malty aroma of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt. Touch of dark fruit. Medium sweet taste. Full body, creamy texture, malty alcohol flavored finish. Pretty nice imperial stout, though not amazing, and probably the best offering from CBC.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crajun (960) - , Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2011
received via trade - THANKS BrentK. 12oz bottle; label stated Carolina Seasonal. nice aroma of roasted stuff with slight chocolate baking powder. dark pour with minimal head. First couple of sips were about as good as it gets!!! - complex flavors - roasted, chocolate powder and to me - there was some of a nutty brown ale taste. only negative was that as this warmed the alcohol was a little strong; would love to try again; thanks Brent!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Smells roasty with some dark fruity elements. Tastes of bitter malt, chocolate, roasty with a slightly sweet finish. Had alongside the other Carolina IS. Are these the same beer just from different years?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7136) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2011
12oz bottle, dated 1/24/07. Poured medium brown with really nothing going on for head.. kinda murky. The aroma was coffee-based with a medium roast to it.. semi-sweet chocolate and roasted barley as well.. worked fairly well. The flavor picked up some soy in addition to coffee and lesser chocolate.. tacky feel at the edges with a little bit of coffee bitterness and a little peppery alcohol.. bit hot as it wamed up. Medium-bodied and again tacky at times on the palate, impeding the flow a bit.. showed mild oxidation especially on the back. This was an OK stout, but not a good imperial one.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 6, 2010
Bottle from OldGrowth. Thanks! Poured an opaque black color. The head was a few fingers high, light brown, and short lived. Nice enough aroma that included the likes of milk chocolate and roasty malt. Medium to full bodied and slightly sweet with lower carbonation. Chocolate and roast dominated the flavor and were well balanced. I also noticed a hint of plum/dark fruit. There was pleasant roasty bitterness that attenuated the sweetness somewhat. Yum.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3382) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Bottle from Secret Santa, dated 1/30/08, thanks santa. Pours pretty black, some tan around the rim. In the nose, I get some licorice and coffee, lightly roasty. Flavor is chocolate oreo, medium bitterness and light smoke. Finishes creamy. Mouthfeel is full, texture is creamy. Pretty good Impy here. This brewery can make some good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3251) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2009
Bottled, 1/30/08. This was surprisingly nice. Chocolatey, rich, bitter black malts in the nose, with some notes of hearts of palm. Full bodied, lightly sweet, with a mild carbonation, a touch of carbonation acid, and a fair bit of milkiness. Easy drinking and balanced, well aged and well integrated.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 15, 2009
bottle via trade, sampled 3/23/07. Pours a deep dark brown with amber highlights around the edges.Small amount of light tan foam that clears quick. Aromas of burnt toasty sweetness, some dark fruit and healthy amount of booze heat. Flavor follows the nose, with healthy amounts of deep dark fruit, some pronounced bitterness on the front and back, roasted grainy malts. Booze from the nose hardly shows up in the flavor- carried superbly. Great balance. Very smooth and even on the palate, stays smooth throughout. Clean finish. Interesting, if odd for the style.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2009
07 bottle shared by Magjayran. Very impressive for this brewery. Fruity chocolate notes, some bitterness and smoke. Maybe it was the lateness of the taste, but I enjoyed the thinner palate. Wish I saw more of this beer around.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Bottle shared by Magjayran - thanks, Jamey! Slightly thin pour here, but it’s held up pretty damn well. Crisp body, still some carb remaining. Palate needs to be thicker, but it’s not bad. Starts off somewhat chocolatey, ends with some bitters and smoke. Definitely enjoyable, and if they bottle it again I’ll seek out a fresh one for comparison.


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