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RATINGS: 222   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


TipsyMcStager's rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, - JAN 1, 2013
Pours a dark black with thin tan head. Nose has a strong graininess, chocolate and some coffee notes. Roastiness and coffee notes. Mid range body. Dry roasty finish.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5482) - 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 (2918) - 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 (1048) - 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 (3000) - 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 (18101) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3998) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2016
On tap at Brunzies (12/15/15). Black opaque with tan creamy lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Great chocolate nose with hint of molasses, smoke, coffee. Nice sweet flavors with cocoa, coffee, smoke, molasses, caramel, a little oak and vanilla. Mild bitter hops, carbonic acidity. Smooth sweet finish and alcohol warming after.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcox90 (1835) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - APR 3, 2016
Sampled at Brew Woo ’16. Poured black with a mocha colored head. Modest lace. Aroma is light chocolate, coffee with cream and a touch of smoke. Semi sweet flavor of cocoa, dampened down with mild molasses and earthy hops. Full in the mouth. Nice!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
anthony850 (451) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2016
On tap at Hot Rods. Very tasty with coffee, chocolate and a nice note from the hops. High alc. Not noticeable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NordicV (1774) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2016
Svart öl med mörkbeige skum. Doft och smak av rostad malt, kaffe och mörk choklad. Lättare inslag av aska och lakrits.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (8807) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 28, 2016
65 cl bottle @ Timo A.
Pours black color with a small beige head. Very dry malty aroma, dark cocoa, some roast and even dark berries on the background. Grain and dark roasty malts on the flavor, cocoa, faint chocolate, very subtle coffee roast notes. Decent robust IS.
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