Devils Backbone Dead Bear Imperial Stout
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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nelsonbrews (16) - charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2011
imperial stout, need i say more??????????????????????????????????????????????

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21662) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2015
Draft. Nearly black color, thick beige head with good retention. Aroma of burnt espresso, licorice. Taste has cocoa, coffee, licorice. Light body. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Imaena (2231) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - JUN 14, 2015
Draught. This is a big serious stout with lots of sweetness and a strong finish. This one was aged on Cocoa nibs I believe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Selante (7) - - OCT 8, 2014 does not count
Pleasant aroma, looks almost like a porter. Good chocolate & coffee notes, but strong alcohol aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackl (7069) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Keg @ Mellow Mushroom Cíville. The pourís deep brown with a tiny head. The nose is dark red berry, cocoa, chocolate. Mild funk. The taste is hot boozy. Raisin bread, vanilla, caramel. Medium body. Boozy and a bit underweight. Overall, not a great impy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (4047) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 2, 2013
Sampled at Burger Bach as the last stop of the DB mystery pin crawl. This one was my favorite beer of the night. Dark near black pour, but without much brown head. Layered notes of roast and vanilla were dominant on the flavor, but not much else. Big creamy velvety mouthfeel. It was kinda a one trick pony, but it was exactly what I was in the mood for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emeister84 (2164) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Aromas of roasted coffee, dark chocolate/cocoa, and potting soil. Almost black with bronze highlights, and amoderately fading, khaki head. Dry, roasty, smokey, and bitter. Medium-full bodied with low carbonation, and a smokey and roasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (5716) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Growler from Whole Foods, Virginia Beach VA: Charred oak and potting soil nose. Black, thin tan head. Coffee, prune, and fig, charred oak flavor. Full body. A little boozy for 8.5%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2012
On tap at Rustico during the Devilís Backbone NoVA launch. Served in a taster glass. Pours near-black with a nice mocha head and a touch of lacing. The nose carries quite a bit of chocolate and some roast. Almost seems as if this one is barrel-aged, as everyone there seemed to get some oak and bourbon notes from it, however light. Flavor had nice chocolate and a bit of vanilla. Big body with a bit of booze. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2009
Courtesy of dkachur at the Richmond Gathering. Black, just a ring of head. Roasty and espresso aroma. Flavor matched. Just not much to it here, sort of a paint by numbers Impy. Perhaps suffered from hand bottling, but I really donít think so. I simply didnít find the layers of complexity that others did. Iíll have to swing out to the brewery for a re-rate in the future.

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