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RATINGS: 227   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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


mjg74's rating

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2953) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Bomber from BevMo. Pours pitch black. Roasty coffee nose with a little bit of milky sweetness. Flavor is fairly roasted up front with some good coffee notes. A little subdued sweetness. Finish has a little bit of a hoppy bite to it. Alcohol is well hidden.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (5958) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2016
Bottle: Served in a Chouffe glass: Creamy light brown head. Black body. Looks good! Aromas of sweet wood roast, laurel, tar, dried leaves, raisin, burnt cookies, coal... Flavours of bay leaf, roast, liquorice, laurel, bitter, wood roast, light smoke, coal, tar... Aftertaste is bitter, roast, liquorice, bay leaf, wood roast... Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, close to full bodied.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sjogro (2202) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2016
ABC Dutch Summer Tasting. Shared bottle. Black with light tan head. Sweet roasted chocolate malts. Very malty, chocolate milky, sugary, molasses, dank yeastiness. Very sweet, light bitter. Over medium body. Low carbonation, bit basic.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (8293) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2016
bottle shared at the Dutch summer tasting. Thin ring tan head. Clear black pour. Very smooth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maakun (3105) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2016
Black with nice light brown head. Strong roasted malts, licorice, black coffee, soft mineral notes, burn toast, toffee, ash. Medium sweet and bitter with the bitterness lasting quite long in a very roasted way. Over medium bodied with oily feel and low carbonation. Strong on the roasted notes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (9889) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2016
Bottle shared thanks to sjogro. Near black with a ring tan head. Aroma of big malt, licorice, caramel and toffee. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Above medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5529) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2016
2014 Bottle: Deep, pitch black coloured body with a thinnish, oily deep brown head, only about a half centimetre thick. Aroma of super roasted malts, licorice, tobacco, leather, earth, mushrooms and heaps of both - bourbon and vanilla. Medium to Full-bodied; Lighter in body than I expected, but much sweeter than I expected as well with bunches of lactose and vanilla coming through, all with a good deal of mushrooms, oak, dry yeast and a touch of oats as well. Aftertaste shows some nice rounded flavours with a little sweetness, a touch of the grain, some bitterness from the roast and a subdued licorice and spice character. Overall, a nice beer throughout with a good character that shows some light aging very well and after a further five years, it should round out very nicely, but the body might be gone altogether, I’m afraid. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Total Wine in Chantilly, Virginia on 31-January-2015 for US$8,99 sampled at home in Washington on perhaps one of the last chilly evenings of the season on 22-May-2016. 2014 Bottle (Bottling Date Unknown) on Screenprint // Purchased: 31-January-2015 // Sampled: 22-May-2016.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (2923) - Gray, Maine, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Picked up on a trip through MA a month or so ago. Pours a viscous burnt umber color with two fingers of thick dark kahki foam. Nose has some dark fruit, roasted cocoa, brownie batter, and a hint of astringent sharpie marker that ever so slightly mingles into the mix. Palate follows but its a bit thinner on the mouth than expected. Nice bourbon nuances but again a little touch of weirdness in the dark fruit astringency area. Brownie batter, vanilla, roasted grain, lingering bitterness with a touch of alcohol heat.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jflopsu (1096) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Pours black with light brown head. A chocolate, coffee, and roast malt aroma. A strong taste of chocolate, roasted malts, and a bit smokey. A lingering sweet chocolate and smoky aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (3065) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2016
ACBF 2016. Poured black with a dark creamy tan head of foam. Aroma of dark malts, vanilla, earthy hops, and coffee grounds. Taste of dark malts, earthy hops, char, black coffee, and finished with some caramel/vanilla notes.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (18446) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 19, 2016
Draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver; 9.3% ABV, 414ml
Black color with medium sized tan head. Roasted malt is the dominant note, but it’s not ashy; notes of dark salty chocolate, roasted nuts and very light liquorice; good body strength, with limited residual sweetness. Pleasant alcohol warmth in the final.
Straight forward Imperial Stout, no gimmicks, just simple pleasure; excellent.


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