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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mcberko (5918) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2012 2010 vintage. 22 oz. bottle, sent from cory_king (thanks Cory), pours pitch black with a thick tan head. Aroma of smoky malts, coal, chalk and bitter cocoa. Flavour is very coal-like, with a chalky-feel. There is some light smoked malt, a bit of roast, and loads of coal and chalk. No sweetness or roast - this is really overtaken by the coal and chalk. Full-bodied and thick like tar. A drinkable, but flawed impie. I wonder if this is what they were going for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
2010 vintage shared at the Star Wars tasting. Big thanks to Mike (mikeincharleston) for the bottle! 22 oz bottle served in a Deschutes tulip. Bottled 12/21/10. A: Pours a very dark black with a thin mocha head forming on the pour. Subsides to thin cap that leaves minimal sheets of lace behind. S: Roasted malts with a subtle dark fruit note in the background. Definitely sweet figs and more earthy dates. Dried oats and some light chocolate. T: The roasty of this guy is crazy. Roasted malts and dried oats. Dark fruits with a dark chocolate bitterness. There is some light smoke to this and the finish reminiscent of sweet malts. M: Medium to heavy bodied with a below average carbonation level with a heavy drying from the roasted malts. O: Definitely a solid stout. Not out of this world, but it was aged nicely and I look forward to trying a fresh batch of this. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-08-2012

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illidurit (2104) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Bottle shared at Woodshop 7. Pours black with a light-brown head. Kind of a standard boring RIS, with your typical coffee/chocolate interplay and maybe a little smokiness and bread. Doesn’t stand out whatsoever.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (2398) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 4, 2012
I’ve been wanting to try this one for a while. Thanks Jonathan! Blackbeerd appears a near black with a small, tan head. The aroma is extremely roasty, potentially masking any of the more subtle flavors I might discover. The beer is definitely tasty. There is a slight hop bitterness in the finish. I found the carbonation level too low for my liking. This was a decent beer, but not quite in the upper echelon of imperial stouts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3928) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2012
From some notes I just found. I’m 90% sure they are from sometime in 2010. Bottle from Nathan, it says. Thanks xxxNateballzXXX This was a point in the night where I just started writing down numbers and illegible one word descriptors for each category.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
Originally reviewed: 12/10/10. Bottled on 2/28/10. 22oz bottle poured into a tall tulip. Pours a deep evil-looking black with a thick 3-finger mocha head on top. Excellent retention; left tons of lace on the glass. Big smoky nose, with hints of plum, milk chocolate, and roasted espresso beans. Nice. The mouth is thinner than I’d expect with how this bad boy sits in the glass. Pretty slick going down. Carbonation is light. Not coating at all. The smokiness is present in the flavor as well, but it is masked more by the coffee notes I’m getting. The finish is of mildly bitter black chocolate and licorice. This wasn’t anything special, honestly, but it is drinkable. The thin feel makes this one a gulper. Not bad, just not that great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (3194) - Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Pours a deep sable with a good tan head. Aroma has caramel and coffee notes and is not too strong. Flavor has coffee, licorice and caramel notes. Smooth texture has average body and plenty of fizz.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TwoSipDip (8880) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Bottle with friends. Black appearance with a light brown head. Sweet, dark toasty malty, licorice, light vanilla aroma. Well carbonated. Dark candy chocolate, vanilla, dark fruity flavor with a roasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 7/15/2011. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Part of a 09, 10, Buffalo Trace, Jack Daniels side by side. From notes. This pours a mahogany color with walnut edges. A creamy tan colored head retains fairly well and leaves a little lacing. Lots of roasted aroma. Fully roasted malt, coffee, a lot of smoke and tobacco. The smoke and tobacco do not fit my normal preferences. The flavor follows the nose, although some dark fruit sweetness sneaks in here. Full roasted malt, and coffee are noticeable up front and provide a firm bitterness. It eases up with some general quick sweetness in the middle that has a general dark fruit quality to it. Some earthy hop flavors up the bitterness - the wrong direction for how the sip is progressing. Toward the end, the flavor turns almost acrid, with smoke and tobacco adding to a taste that is already fairly bitter. The 09 has smoothed out considerably, and maybe aging this beer is the formula to greater success. As can be expected from any RIS, this has a full body, but only light/medium for the style. A smooth medium carbonation neither adds nor detracts from the taste experience, simply highlights it. Toward the end of the sip, it becomes slightly acidic like brewed coffee and feels astringent as well. This is a little bit rough on the palate to be considered very drinkable. A year on the 09 bumped it up a bit, maybe more time would help. 10: 7/4/6/4/12 09: 7/4/7/4/14

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (5992) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Bottle pour at Bill’s tasting, dark black pour with nice creamy khaki colored head, aroma has nice notes of dark chocolate, smoky ash, hints of coffee, caramel, and nice dark fruits laced in there. Taste is a nice mix of chocolate, coffee, smoke and caramel mixing into dark fruits and vanilla, hints of further roasted malt before finishing fairly sweet.

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