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RATINGS: 169   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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 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 (974) - 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 (11232) - 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 (2931) - 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 (1522) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Bottle shared by Dak. Black pour with a small foamy head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and dark fruit. Roasty flavor with molasses and licorice. Thick on the palate. Good brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2011
This batch was bottled on 12/21/2010. Aroma:The aroma is of sweet dark malt, with slightly burnt roasty overtones. There is also chocolate and dark fruits present. Appearance:The color of the beer is black and opaque. The deep mocha colored head is thick, rich, lustrous, and long-lasting. Taste:Tons of roast malt, dark chocolate, licorice, and coffee flavors are present in the foretaste. The strong bitter hops come out more in the midtaste. The aftertaste is mostly faded coffee and roast malt. Palate:The body on this one is lighter than I expected, and the carbonation was good. This beer has a nice creamy feel. The aftertaste has a little hop astringency. Overall:I enjoyed this beer a lot, it’s a great roast-driven RIS with a lot of complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10118) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Bottle... Tar black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, mushroom-colored head. Great retention. The rich, roasted bouquet is a mélange of molasses, licorice, sassafras and cola. Full-bodied with a silky, buttery mouthfeel and zippy carbonation. The flavor is a deeply roasted, fairly bitter blend of licorice, blackstrap molasses and charcoal. Lengthy, bitter, blackstrap finish. Bottle courtesy of dosbeerigos!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (19483) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2010
Bottle @ Chris O. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty licorice and chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and licorice flavor. Has a roasted malty licorice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Sampled at a Freetail release, bottle share. Pours near black with just a bit of off-white head. Nose is bittersweet chocolate, some smoke, roasty and a bit of alcohol. Flavors follow the nose and is meaty (smoke related?), fresh coffee and a nice lingering coffee (and some hops) bitter finish. Medium to full mouthfeel.

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