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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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


2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DYCSoccer17 (3313) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 10, 2014
22 ounce bottle purchased at Corti Brothers. The aroma on this is rather grainy, sweet, and very wort-like. Fairly toasty, without much else. Kind of disappointing for an imperial stout. Rather transparent mahogany body with a purplish-red hue present. Medium, tan head that dissipates at a regular rate. Starts sweet, sticky, and sugary. Becomes a bit slick and buttery with a hefty dose of diacetyl. Roastiness is present later on. A little chocolate, too. All in all, this is just a sticky butter bomb.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (9728) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2014
On tap at Avery Strong Ale Fest poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of cocoa, caramel and light coffee. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of cocoa, caramel, earthiness and light roastiness with a smooth dry lingering cocoa finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dresden (829) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - FEB 27, 2014
Deep brown with a short tan head. Strong dark chocolate aroma, some fruitiness. Taste is medium bitter, alcohol very well hidden, some chocolate and smoke. Nice stuff

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikedR (1165) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2014
I like this one. Smooth. Not particularly complex, but for the ABV, incredibly drinkable. Slightly but not crazy sweet. Don’t think about it too hard and it’s wonderful.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerbeer (1743) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2014
On tap. Pours a very dark reddish brown with light tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate powder and roasted malts. Flavors of black coffee, ash, and bitter chocolate. Dry. ABV well covered,

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1978) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 11, 2014
Shared by Maek at a dark beer tasting, it poured a dark black with a brown head. The aroma was nutty, bitter chocolate with some coffee & umami notes. A med-full body gave me roasty coffee plus chocolate flavors with some umami savouriness. Not bad but probably the most standard stout of the night.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GIJOE (621) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Pours almost black with a creamy, tan head. Slight lacing. Nose is malty with yeast notes and a hint of chocolate. Taste is on the edge between malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness. Well balanced. Medium body, lively carbonation, slightly astringent finish. Good brew.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tderoeck (4598) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 24, 2014
18/I/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle as Coronado Stupid Stout @ RBBWG III, my place - BB: n/a (2014-99) Thanks to Sebletitje for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown to black beer, aery irregular beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: grains, bit dirty, some chlorine, caramel, sugary. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: lots of chocolate, toast, mocha, grains, bit hoppy, coffee, very dry. Aftertaste: hoppy, bitter ending, mocha, coffee, charcoal, little fruity.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 23, 2014
22oz bottle. Deep brown with a big foamy light tan head. Aroma of chocolate, milk caramels, coffee and nuts. Flavor of milk chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel and no alcohol. Medium to full body with a soft mouth feel. Not bad, a bit sweet though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6648) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2014
Bouteille 66cl, courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Brune foncée, col épais moka. Arôme est chocolaté très dominant, notes caramel et grillées. Peu en terme de houblon et une bière de type Imp. stout qui fait force au niveau des malts. Palais est similaire avec une dominance des malts, grillé, chocolat et grains le tout sur un fini procurant une amertume houblonnée fort agréable. Le tout reste porté sur des notes de café présentent à chaque gorgée.


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