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RATINGS: 208   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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Deep and malty. Large quantities of specialty malts give this ale such depth of flavor. Caramel, brown, and chocolate malts, and black barley are all included. Magnum hops are added during the boil to balance the substantial maltiness and Willamette hops provide a nice spicy finish. Our house yeast ferments this beautiful black beer.


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2004
12 oz. version: Burnt purple body. Not quite opaque. Rich, rocky spackle of dark ashen foam. Very soft and airy aroma with notes of candied blackberry, matchstick, coffee, and plum. Lots of black malts, fudge, buttered caramel, and leafiness beneath all the airiness. Silky smooth. Feathery carbonation. Mineral, root, and light plummy smack, up front, with a hint of seared cane sugar. Wee oxidation. The subtleties elevate the delayed charred malt charge. Black malts remain chalky rather than acidic, thanks to the delicate caramel kiss. Airy sensations return to tingle the tongue and refresh the palate, which brings out the subtle dark fruit twang. Slight earthiness lingers and gives balance to the caramel and underlying charred malts. Notably dry, which continually beckons you to take another sip. Lingers with enough burnt malts, vanilla, and sugars to separate it from many weaker versions. Very delicate, yes, but there’s still plenty of multi-layers and remarkable balance between the lightly-charred malts, scorched sugars, milk chocolate, restrained hop presence, caramel, etc. etc. to keep you coming back for more. Humbly solid session Imperial.


3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Belgrave (30) - Truro, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 27, 2015
Pours a very dark ruby-brown, almost black, with a medium size tan head. Mild aromas of roasted malt with some chocolate and hints of coffee and hops. Tastes of malt but with a bitter finish. Medium bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (7533) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2015
Draft - Raisin, dark fruit and cocoa. Deep brown with a decent white head. Lots of raisin, dark sugars and Roasty malts. Lots of raisin.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
flapjack202 (3) - - FEB 17, 2015 does not count
What a great beer!! Wonderful body and roasted malt character!!! Finish is smooth.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5062) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Nice deep dark brownish coloured body with a large, fast-dying light brown coloured head with larger bubbles and a glow of cola colours when held up to a light. Aroma of alcohol, raisins, pit fruits, chocolate, yeast and a bit of prunes - strong, but more of a porter or sweet stout than of an imperial stout. Medium-bodied; Strong alcohol and vanilla flavours with hints of oak and coffee, but a lot of earthy and mushroomy flavours with touches of chocolate and prunes. Aftertaste is fairly one dimensional and not too pungent - malty and chocolate flavours come out the strongest with a touch of alcohol on the finish. Overall, a decent baltic porter or stout, but not cutting it for the style. That said, it’s still a drinkable beer - just don’t expect it to be quite the imperial stout that you imagine, especially at 7,5% abv. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Belmont Station in Portland, Oregon on 12-April-2013 for US$2,59 sampled at home in Washington on 01-November-2014, about a year and half after purchasing it, which perhaps mellowed it out a bit, but this one wasn’t strong anyways.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4375) - Frisco, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Rating from my backlog. The look is reddish brown in color with a tan head. The smell is roast, malts, coffee, chocolate. The taste is chocolate, coffee, cat food, and ok.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chuckstout (327) - Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle 2013-Chocolate, roast, coffee, bread, dark fruit in the aroma. Pours black with a mocha colored head. Roast, chocolate, coffee, fruit, balancing bitterness great mouthfeel @7.5% which seems pretty low for an imperial stout, but doesn’t lack in flavor

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5930) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Thanks to 5000 for sending this bottle. Black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, sweet and roasted malt. Flavor is roasted malt and chocolate with some light coffee notes. High, prickly carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10997) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2013
A deep dark imperial stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, nice sweet chocolate with resinous hops, licorice, molasses, a bit of funk, very nice and complex. In mouth, very sweet chocolate with vinous notes, ashes, floral hops, treacle, veering into old ale territory.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (13789) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle at the Pre-Christmas CBC - Clerkenwell Tasting, London. Thanks to Colin for this beer. Pours rich brown with a fine beige cream head. Sugary dark malt nose, some alcohol, burnt toast and dark cocoa. Medium sweet flavor with light roast, dusty cocoa, smooth dark malts. Medium bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Light dry finish with mellow roasted malts, light earthy bitterness, some marshmallow, burnt wood, baking cocoa. Very smooth and pleasant impy stout, though not particularly complex.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (12567) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle at pre Xmas tasting (Belmont Station, Portland OR) - 21/12/12. Murky light black with a thin tan head that immediately dissipates to the edge. Nose is dark malts, molasses, touch of smoked gammon, light chocolate. Taste follows, touch of wood, leather, liqourice, chocolate. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry in the finish. Ok - lower end of the Imperial Stout market!


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