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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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, itís 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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (17535) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2013
Draft @ the brewpub. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and licorice aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and licorice flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate and licorice finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2008
Dark brown. Roasty nose, lots of coffee and a bit of nuts. Very rich, but not quite impy rich, just dark chocolate, coffee and nuts.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (11599) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Strong Ale 2012. Black in color with a khaki head. Nose starts off with some nice roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. However, itís rather acidic and a hint ashy. The flavor is just okay. Nice roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. But, the same acidity and ash flavors detract from the beer and thereís a little bit of metal, too.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11526) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Note: The spelling is Stupid on a bomber. Bomber from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Fredís got the good stuff! Pours very dark brown/black with a slight, transient, tan head. The aroma is coffee and chocolate, but itís a deeper, more intense, sort of aroma than is common. Full bodied. Very slick. Flavor is coffee, chocolate and treacle. Plus the usual burnt to crap malt which is very smooth. Comes to the finish with the foregoing and a lot of bitter. Amazing ale.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (10216) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (9550) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2014
Bottle... Pours black with a small head. The nose is all about mocha Ė espresso grind and dark chocolate - and a big time toasted tree nut component - mainly pistachios and almonds. Medium to full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. Unfortunately, the flavor is not as kind as the aroma. Itís no more than a blend of rindy and burnt bitterness, and charcoal. Lengthy, carbonic, metallically bitter finish. Yuck.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2009
On tap at Caponeís. Poured a dark, dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, lightly roasty, nutty, and I was getting some floralness. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, coffee, roast, and vanilla. Nice lacing left on the glass with the alcohol content well hidden.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8944) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Bottle shared at Blippís surprise tasting. Pours oily black with tan head. Nose and taste of vanilla, black licorice, rich milk chocolate, roasted chocolate malt and coffee. Thick. Full bodied.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (8939) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2012
on tap at churchill pub. Big roasted aroma and taste, coffee and chocolate. Balanced but just fair for the style. Black bodied, a small amount of head.

1.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
GT2 (8742) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 14, 2013
Tap at Salted Pig, Riverside CA. Pours deep brown, near black, with red highlights. Smaller lacing. Nose is soy sauce, sticky sweet grape soda. Taste is concrete, asphalt. Palate is extremely abrasive, wildly papery and harsh. Palate devastating. Something went very wrong here- heavy oxidation or something.


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