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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
I drank this from a 22oz bomber, bottle # 2236, into an Orval glass. The beer pours black with a very light tan head that only rises a quarter of the inch, but is gone right away. The lacing is light. The aroms is on the lighter side but very nice and balanced. It starts off very malty, super great sweet notes of chocolate with a light hoppy finish. The taste is pretty nice. It starts off a little sweet then has a very strong bitter coffee finish. This would be great if it was a little more complex and had a little sweeter start. The feel is on the lighter side, with a lasting bitter finish. There is a weird metallic finish that comes several seconds later. The drinkability is ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Bottle Date 022310; Sampled at Redlight Redlight courtesy of the Orlando ratebeer crew; January 2011
This pours from the bottle with a black color and a brown head. The aroma has a smooth roast character to it as well as hint of licorice and big, aromatic chocolate like notes.

The flavor is more roast focused than the aroma would suggest and it even gets a bit burnt and acidic from the huge roasted grain expression found in this beer; I wouldn’t quite call it harsh though, but it definitely lingers quite a bit on the palate. There is an astringency that lingers on the tongue, and this can be a bit too much at times. This doesn’t quite have the malt and sweet / rich character to hold up to the ample roast character that makes up the dominant character of this beer. In the end, the aroma had me thinking this beer was going to be more tasty and balanced than it actually ended up being; certainly not anywhere close to being a bad beer, but I definitely was wishing for more malt lushness to balance out the somewhat too overwhelming roast character

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (4043) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Sampled at brewvival 2011. Very good and roasty and chocolate and tasty. A little hot on the abv but with with a smooth coconut oil finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8399) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle thanks to Joe at RBWG, the last brew of the night. Pours a totally black color with a medium tan head. A smooth fruity and chocolate nose, some light hops. The flavor is a creamy rich roasted malt and coffee beer, lots of chocolate and light metallic hops. Enjoyable and well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (7021) - Utah, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Bottle shared by Smokepot23 at RBWG 2011, thanks
Appearance: Black with a small tan head and light lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, dark fruits and light smoke
Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate and ashy

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larrewl (4) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2011 does not count
Appearance: clear deep dark black brown color with small brown head. Aroma: big roasty malt with caramel, dark chocolate, fruit Flavor: heavy rich roasted malts, bitterness of dark chocolate and coffee well balanced with caramel sweetness. One of my favorite imperial stouts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixmasterob (1053) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2011
UPDATED: APR 18, 2012 Had multiple samples, both 2009 and 2010 @ Brewvival. Black pour without a head. Thin film. The aroma was full of big roasted dark malt, decent bitter chocolate impression as well. Flavors were also heavily roasted with light notes of chocolate and coffee throughout. Dry as a bone, bitter finish. Mouthfeel was medium to full, carbonation light. Decent stuff for sure.

Second rate, from a bottle. Viscous black pour with a thin mocha head. Aroma was gorgeous. Tons of rich dark cocoa, roasted malt, vanilla sweetness and black licorice. Outstanding. Flavors were heavily roasted and dry as a bone. Nice licorice or anise kicker along with a light hit of booze. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy, full, medium carbonation. Sure does make a difference being able to sit down and rate a beer rather than from notes @ a beer fest...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12878) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2011
A deep dark stout with a thin moka head. In aroma, a nice lightly smokey chocolate, peaty and oily. In mouth, a nice lighter bodied Imperial Stout, with sweet chocolate, light peat, light alcohol, not bad but not imperial. Shared with Orlando crew, Jan 6 2011.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (3238) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle, from Charleston Beer exchange, bottle 2/23/10. Consumed 9/7/10. good aroma, malty, smoke, soy sauce, chocolate, Minor licorice. Blackish brown color, good head that faded quick, spotty lace. Bitter flavors. Thick body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Good, wasn’t as rich as I wanted it to be. Scores on armoma flirting between 6’s and 7’s.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 02/23/2010. Big thanks to Gyle41386 for this. 4.5 A: Black color. Nearly three fingers of frothy/creamy hybrid light brown head. Falls to about a half a finger of really creamy head and remains. Very good retention and lots of lacing. 4.5 S: Very nice mix of roastiness and sweetness. Roasted barley and sweet chocolate are the strongest flavor. Coffee to a lesser extent. Not the most complex of aromas, but what is there is very nice. Great job. 4.0 T: Pretty good, but not nearly as good as the nose. Not as roasty as the nose, but the chocolate is there again. Slightly sourish twang in there, almost like a touch of lactose. Coffee is a bit stronger than in the nose. 3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy. It’s not bad, but I NEED my impy stouts to be full bodied. 4.0 D: Tasty and easy to drink. If the mouthfeel was a bit thicker, this would have floored me. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-15-2010 00:35:31

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