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RATINGS: 604   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 262   ABV: 8.75%
A big, malty beast of a beer that exemplifies the way we roll here at Drake’s. Two-row malt is blended with Chocolate malt, roasted barley, and dark Crystal malts to make up the grist. Only one hop addition, Columbus, is added for bittering, allowing the abundance of malt in this beer to shine through. Enjoy the dense brownish head, the silky maltiness, and flavors of licorice, coffee and chocolate, rounded out with a slightly dry finish. here’s to those who don’t fear the mighty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (5452) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 20, 2015
22 ounce bottle. Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Low bitterness. Hides the alcohol well. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (4536) - BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2015
Californian RIS, bought online. Thick, dense and perfectly regular, brownish beige head over a jet black beer. Strong, typical imperial stout aroma of cappuccino, black chocolate bars, vanilla, cinnamon, vague hint of roasted marinated meat, candied dates and cherries, coffee beans, black pepper, mocha ice cream, Cuban cigars, roasted pine nuts, hazelnut paste, some liquorice candy, cola and bourbon. Full, rich flavour of dried plums, raisins, dried banana and hazelnuts, with a deep sourish balance and medium carbo; smooth, bit fatty mouthfeel, fairly creamy and lining the mouth cavity with an oily texture, though I did have ’thicker’ imperial stouts before. Umami flavours appear in the middle, meaty, overlying a deep, layered, abysmal malt character, very nutty and toasted with a deep dark chocolate quality and growing roasted bitterness, which eventually becomes very coffeeish; finish is a well-accomplished synthesis of all these flavours, continuing coffee bitterness and lovely bittersweet black chocolate along with peppery hops and a glow of warming, bourbon-like alcohol, with a delicious retronasal impression of coffee & cinnamon cake. Nothing overly exuberant or unusual here, just a very decent, flawless, rich and fulfilling impy, delivering all the flavours you’d expect from the style. One to handle with care and doubtlessly with great ageing potential.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badhack (519) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 30, 2015
Dark, sedimenty, bitter imperial stout. Thin like a porter, chocolate and dark roasted malt, and hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ron (3587) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2015
On tap at Artemis in LT with Patty, Kara and Andy. Was a pitch black pour with a small tan head with lace. Aroma of roasted malt, liquorice, coffee and chocolate. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry with alcohol and bitter notes. Medium to full bodied with soft carb. More Chocolate flavor as it warmed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crit (3820) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 22, 2015
Jet black,dense brown head.Light roasty nose.Rich chewy complex palate.roasty,light chocolate,light alc heat.Med bitterness in finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mbgrayson (719) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - JUN 10, 2015
Pours a very dark brown, with a tan head. Aroma of malts and a hint of sweetness. Taste is richly of malts and chocolate, with good smoothness, yet still complex like an imperial should be. A very nice brew, thumbs up!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6504) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2015
Bottled, dark brown to black pour with tall tan foam, aroma is malty chocolate And coffee, flavor has too much black licorice and raisin for me, green coffee, bitter is pronounced

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iznogud (2505) - CROATIA - JUN 1, 2015
Bottle, 650 ml from Za Popen’t, Ljubljana. Pours dark brown with tan head. Chocolate aroma. Roasted coffee, milk chocolate, licorice. Full bodied. Warming alcohol. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GenDV138 (5990) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2015
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to my friend Ed for the trade! Black with two fingers of tan head and decent lacing. Aromas of sweet coffee, light roast, vanilla, some dark fruit. Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, roast, caramel, some vanilla, subtle dark fruit, just a hint of booze. Full body with a dry finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bergstaden (2398) - Røros, NORWAY - MAY 15, 2015
Black with a brown head - Dark malt and coffee in the aroma - Good malt body with a good coffee flavour with some bitterness as well - The malt and coffee gooes into the finish - This was very good

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