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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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As dark as the legend of Blackbeard himself, behold the Imperial Stout. Sweet malts battle roasted grain on the decks of yer tongue. Like the blast from a cannon, hops are followed by smoked malt. Hold on to yer booty, this one packs a punch.Ingredients: Two-Row*, Munich *, Black, Caraffa*, Roasted Barley*, Smoked Malt, Oats* & Extra Special* Malts, Magnum and Palisades Hops, Ale Yeast and tripled filter water. *organic

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12854) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2009
Almost black. Rich dark chocolate and dark fruit nose. Rich, creamy, decadent brew with lots of chocolate, subtle coffee complexity and dark fruitiness. Dry finish. We went back for more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Draught at Mellow Mushroom, Charleston. Rich black with small tan head. Rich aroma of tar, berries, and dark chocolate. Medium carbonation and fun mouthfeel. Long lingering roastiness. Rich creamy body with lots of coffee, dark dark chocolate, smooth and robust, and very very nice! One of SC’s best brews.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrmac (330) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2009
On tap at trade show. Beer poured a true black with huge brown foamy head. Smells of malt, cocoa, coffee, and more. Taste was smooth, creamy, and delicious. Best of the show.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (2706) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Very drinkable and smooth impy stout with no hint or burn of a 10+% beer. Pour is topped with a fizzy tan head. Aroma is chocolate and cocoa sweetness. Flavors were dominated by the rich chocolate malt and had a chalky cocoa like texture. Finishes with a tinge of hop bitterness to set you on your way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2009
UPDATED: APR 28, 2010 Poured from a growler shared by Ding at the Brick Store poured into a tulip. Pours nearly black with only hints of mahogany coming through the edges. There was a short-lived tan head that left a little lacing. The aroma was was pretty rich with dark roasted malts, hints of chocolate and some sugary sweetness. The taste was on the sweeter side of things, like a dessert. Lots of molasses and dark malts with semi-sweet chocolate and the faintest hint of hops. The mouthfeel was fairly heavy and dessert-like with minimal carbonation. This is a very good stout and certainly a sweeter version of an RIS. Big thanks to Ding for the opportunity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 5, 2008
Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Smells of bitter roasted malt, some nice pronounced caramel, dark fruit, some chocolate. Tastes of roasted malt with a nice layer of bitterness, some coffee, hints of fruit. Some brown sugar on the finish. All in all a nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Bottle. Thanks BrianK. Black body amber tan head. Smoke, dark chocolate vanilla. Lots of etoh. A bit creamy with some coffee and toffee. decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11736) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 17, 2008
(22oz bottle, thanks CaptainCougar) Small tan head atop cola-dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, some roast, bittersweet chocolate, light caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, milk/bittersweet chocolate, roast, some caramel, plum. Medium-full body, light alcohol burn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 10, 2008
22oz bottle, courtesy of CaptainCougar. Thanks, Tom! Pours a very dark, chocolate brown color; light tan head with decent retention and patchy, fine-bubbled lacing. Roasted malts, dark / bitter chocolate, and cocoa in the aroma; basic, roasted imperial stout nose. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: roasted / charred malts, dark chocolate, some bitter coffee and nougat; decent, reasonably well-composed imperial stout, but nothing special. Medium finish: toasty malts, bread, roasted malts, and bitter chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8314) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 22oz bottle shared by CaptainCougar. Pours dark brown/cola color with some red light at the bottom of the glass. Minimal head from the pour but it swirls us nicely into a thick cake of brown colored foam. Nice nose of sweetened chocolate and roast, some toffee as well, pretty much a basic imperial stout nose but done quite well. Silky and smooth on the palate, then some faint roast/coarseness over the back, a light touch of alcohol, some very faint sweetened black plums, and you’ve got yourself a pretty nice imperial stout.

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