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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Brewed in the Russian Imperial Stout style, this offering boasts plenty of malt character and an aggressive amount of hops. A rich, flavorful ale with a finish you wonít believe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 2, 2012
(bottle) black with tan head. Roast malt aroma. Flavor is burnt malt, some licorice in finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Narnad (1476) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Pours a deep brown black color with a tall, very creamy, tan head that has a lot of staying power. Aroma has a very full, fresh malt nose with lot of toasted malt presence, light chocolate and some burnt acidity at the tail end. Flavor matches the nose perfectly. A complex malty flavor overall with strong toasted malt notes early, a light chocolate flavor in the middle, coffee presence shows up later in the flavor and finishes with a light earthy hops presence. Body is modest in density with a very creamy feeling. Overall a very enjoyable beer. I love that this RIS stuck with the more toasted malt aspect as opposed to the more common dark fruity aspect the RIS style can incorporate. Canít wait to get my hands on another one of these bottles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2012
22oz bottle thanks to jdskinns: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a stringy-lacing beige head. Has a fresh piny hop nose with some roasty dark malty notes and a touch of espresso. Starts with good fullness and sweet dark caramel maltiness with rich roasty notes and dark chocolate before a drier bittersweet finish. Well-balanced, true to style and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6905) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2012
22 oz. bottle from Randallís. Nice to see a new local imperial stout. Pours a deep, mostly opaque dark brown with an initially very large, rocky, frothy tan head that leaves a lot of lacing in the glass. Aroma of bitter dark chocolate, deep, dark, and roasted malts, earthy hops, and cocoa. The flavor has the same amount of bitterness from super dark chocolate and earthy, citrusy hops, along with coffee and more roasted malts, and cocoa. Medium-bodied, with modest carbonation and a smooth, bitter mouthfeel. The body thins as it warms. Impressive first crack at an imperial stout with a lot of hop character. Reminds me a lot of Great Divide Yeti.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10308) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, mocha, vanilla and carmel. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, light coffee and light licorice with a smooth dry lingeing roasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bif (1580) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Bottle- Pours a black color with a tan head that fades to nice lacing. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate with some roasted malt and bit of caramel. Flavor of bittersweet chocolate, coffee with some roasted malt. There is a bitterness throughout with a dry finish. Fairly full body, quite smooth. No hint of the 10% alcohol. nice balance. Very nice Imperial Stout from a local brewer. worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4178) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Pours dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma has heavy roast, cocoa, cream, milk duds, caramel and milk. Medium body thatís a bit thin for the style with modest amount of carbonation. The flavor starts with the aroma traits, but is much less sweet. Then there is a big hoppiness of earthiness and spiciness that wasnít detected on the nose. The finish is quite dry and ups the hoppiness a bit more. Quite pleasant impy stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2012
22oz. Bottle: Got in trade from Phaleslu; THANKS Peter! Aroma of malt, chocolate, cocoa, roast, coffee, and brown sugar. Poured very dark brown in color with a small to medium-sized, creamy, dense, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy/Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is slightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of malt, hops, roasting, coffee, light cocoa, burnt wood, and a hint of vanilla. Medium to full body. Sticky, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, roast, coffee, chocolate, finish is lightly sticky and dry. 10%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11666) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Bomber from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours dark brown/black with a foamy tan head. Main aroma is chocolate but there is detectable burnt malt. Med body or better. Itís quite bitter. Probably from hop, but with the chocolate itís much like baking chocolate. Rather unique IS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hensonkid (2) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 10, 2012 does not count
Purchased a bomber from Whole Foods in St. Louis for $5.99. A fantastic value for the style and a strong entry for a brewery that needed some body. Beautiful, inky pour with a tan head that builds quickly, but doesnít hold up. Lots of strong American hop character and a mouth that isnít quite velvety, but isnít disappointing either. The malts are beyond simply toasted - theyíre almost charred, but it isnít overwhelming and to some palates may add flavor. Iím really encouraged to see CS moving this direction. I hope to see even bolder moves from them. It would be interesting to see a future batch of the Holy Moly aged with some oak or hit with some smoke. Itís a solid base, and it compliments food well. Not quite mellow enough for a session beer, but very approachable for a wide range of drinkers. I could see this being a go to beer for bringing to parties.

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