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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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This deep, dark, viscous brew stands up to other imperial stouts, delivering big flavors in a smooth, balanced and easy-drinking package. Robust and chocolaty with a hint of hop freshness, it’s the perfect beer to warm up with as winter cold sets in.

Malt Profile: 2-row, ESB, Aromatic, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, c-120, Brown, Black
Hop Profile: Nugget, Centennial
Yeast Profile: Cal Ale


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (4514) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle at Black Sunday. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head. The aroma is roasted malt, milk chocolate, nuts. Medium mouth with rich chocolate, light roast, very god.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (11748) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2015
Draught at Brewers Beer Bar, Göteborg. Opaque black beer with a small but lasting beige/brownish head. Roasted coffee and chocolate aroma, licorice, caramel, earthy, dark chocolate, tar notes, some dark bread and biscuits. Hoppy roasted coffee flavor, dark chocolate, tar, grass, floral, some warming alcohol. Quite nice, full bodied and with a pleasant roasted coffee and chocolate finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4635) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Pours dark brown into a tulip. Mocha head with medium retention recedes to hug rim. Sweet oatmeal and chocolate aromas. Soft with dark chocolate and caramel upfront turning to roasted coffee in the lasting finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (3209) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2015
Draught @ BBB. Pours black with a creamy dark mocha head that leaves lots of sticky lacing and trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty and earthy with roasted malts, caramel, dark bread, roasted cereal, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, dried pine needles, moist soil and hints of orange peal. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty and earthy with roasted malts, dark bread, caramel, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, dried pine needles, moist soil, pears, liquorice and hints of alcohol. Mouthfeel is fat, slightly viscous, round, roasted astringent, tiny boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with roasted malts, dark bread, caramel, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, liquorice, dried pine needles, moist soil and hints of alcohol. Very solid US imperial stout!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
triximonk (40) - SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2015
Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is strong coffee, chocolate and raisins. Taste is a bit harsh but is rich with coffee.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1444) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Stouts like this always teeter between extremes of sweet and dry, and this one is awfully sweet. Dense without being rich, but with a terrific punch of chocolate and sugar -- like adult yoo hoo.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2992) - Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2015
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/28/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, licorice, raisin, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Outstanding aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate dark fruit notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, licorice, raisin, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roast/charred bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, licorice, raisin, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate dark fruit flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Russian imperial stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the abv. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Luvystypotables (870) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Complex aroma of coffee, chocolate and smoke, pours a dark brown with a short lasting tan head. Full bodied viscous feel with a taste of coffee and chocolate malt with a mildly smokey finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matthewjk (952) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Probably one of the better imperial stouts I have rated in a while. Stupid standouts among a market glut of imperials. It is roasty and delicious--nice coffee elements. It has a heavy 10W-40 feel to it. Good stuff. 22oz bottle.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nathan30533 (758) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Not really my style. Very smokey brew. Not really what I look for in a brew.


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