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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (3800) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2014
65 cl. bottle sampled @ RBBWG 2014. Courtesy of & thx! to Sebletitje. Black with a mocha head. Sweet touch boozy nose, liquorish, syrup, hint molasses, caramel, mocha. Taste is sweet, malty, toffee, mocha, touch liquorish, plenty of mocha. m/m body. Simple, nothing earth shattering but very substantial never the less.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (3135) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle at RBWG14 Pours black , small grey foam . Smell is rather sweet, roasted malts . Good carbonation . Dark malts in the taste . Bit bitter, bit sweet . Some coffee . Some booze

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimsRatings (419) - - JAN 16, 2014
From bomber. Pours dark with a finger of light brown head. Mild aroma of chocolate and coffee. Taste follows suit. This beer is perfectly fine...nothing outrageously special, but fine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Milk chocolate and dulce de leche benefit from roastiness and minty hops in this smooth Imperial Stout.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-An initially generous head of foam dwindles atop the blackened dark brown.
-A splash of alcohol appears in the finish.
-The mouthfeel is rich yet approachable.
-This is neither very complex, nor very memorable (for the style).
-If I had gotten this blind, at home, I would have bet on Simple Malt Imperial Stout.

Bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1421) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2014
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA. Dark brown pour with a frothy khaki head. Aroma of rich roasted malt, chocolate, and flaked oats. Great, hearty flavor of smoky malts, dark roasted coffee, and dark chocolate. Moderate alcohol warming. A nicely done imperial stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - JAN 8, 2014
A really creamy imperial stout. A nice roasted flavor Pours with a Lacey head that maintains it’s dark complexion. A very nice brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrhoppy (1285) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Dark brown in color with a thin tan head. Nice roasty aroma. Pretty simple coffee/chocolate aromas with a similar taste. Palate was somewhat thin, but I found that to actually be pleasant and easy to drink. Alcohol was completely hidden.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (5557) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Tallahassee, Fl - Proof Bottle Shop - 22 oz bomber. Viscous inky black pour with a initial thick rocky mocha colored head. Aroma has a nice roasted essence to it with some chocolate accents with a touch of figs. Flavor is reminiscent of the aroma with a strong fig and molasses presence, some light chocolate notes, a brief hint of smokiness, som e potting soil notes in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and has a hint of chalkiness, which I like. Good solid, non-overpowering Imperial stout - nice not to deal with bourbon and soy sauce!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04 (3950) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 3, 2014
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours black with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of a good amount of roasted malts, some coffee and chocolate, a little dough, and light bitterness. Flavor mainly of the dark malts like an imperial stout should be. Smooth, thicker texture. A good imperial stout, but the texture is a little thin compared to others of the style.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HughConway (797) - Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Bomber bottle. Pours black, dark tan head. Aroma is vanilla, coffee, spice. Taste is spicy and coffee bitter. Very well put together.


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