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RATINGS: 203   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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


TheGrandMaster's rating

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, - SEP 15, 2012
Draught at Galbraith’s Alehouse (Auckland, NZ). There was so much going on with this beer it was confronting, confusing, but also delicious. A lot of beer...requiring a lot of attention.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (7029) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2016
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is black (almost opaque). Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted/burnt grain), with notes of leather, cement, alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Rather phenolic nose, and not a lot going on there in general...the phenols kind of kill any malt attraction that might be underneath. Generic in the mouth as well...more like a stronger ordinary stout than what we think of as imperial stout. Disappointing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (11115) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2016
On tap at St. Augustine’s, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma brings out a good mix of roasted malts, oats and a little cocoa. Flavour is rich and robust, with tons of roasted malt, oats and chocolate in decent harmony. This is anything but tame and one-dimensional, but it is also lacking a bit in drinkability with some abrasiveness. All in all, a fairly enjoyable slow sipper of an impie.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2677) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2016
Black pour with a beige to tan head .... Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts and coffee .... Taste is of chocolate, roasted malts, light smoke, and bitter hoppy dry .... Mouthfeel is a little oily .... Finish is lingering with a bitter roasted and smokey ... Definitely robust

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (5718) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 24, 2016
Tap@Beer Ditch, Malmö - pours black with tan head. Roasted and sweet malty aroma and taste, with big chocolate prominence, ashy charred burnt malty notes, coffee beans, decent hoppy backing, roasted finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (3161) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Put this in some barrels. Much bigger body and viscous mouthfeel. Semi sweet. A little vanilla. Some chocolate malt on the finish. Smooth chocolate aromas. Much better base beer than the event horizon i just had.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monk191 (1542) - California, USA - JAN 22, 2016
A nice stout! Pours a deep black with a tan head. Smells of vanilla, peanuts, chocolate and coffee. Taste is very creamy and sweet, with vanilla and peanuts, and some coffee and chocolate in the finish. Had on tap at the Brewseum.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (8369) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 18, 2016
Tap at Marciero. Black with lace. Rich cocoa nose, light berries and coffee. A bit tart, but mainly quite sweet, lots of chocolate and cocoa and some berries and coffee. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (2075) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2016
650ml bottle from Ray’s in Tosa. Almost black pour with a brown head. Aroma has roasty malts, chocolate and caramel. Taste follows with a smokiness added as well. The blend is solid and the body is medium-to-full. Less carbonated than expected, with a bit of an alcohol presence. Finishes sweetly roasty. Was really excited to try this one after the barrel version, but this is not in the same league. Solid. 14.3

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lilja (2343) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2016
Fat på Beer-Ditch Malmö. Smak och doft av choklad, kaffe, espresso, lakrits med toner av vanilj, soja och karamell. Rund och len, kraftfull sötma, fina rena smaker, beska med lätt smak av mörk bitter choklad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LinusStick (3072) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Very nice imperial stout. Aroma was good. A hint of hops with a big whiff of chocolate and coffee. Pour was a beautiful deep dark brown/near black with a thin tan ring for a head. Taste was better than the aroma. Very coffee driven with a nice chocolate background. Hop bitterness is evident and this tends to be more hoppy than most imperial stouts. Nice strong carbonation round the beer out. Nice one


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