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RATINGS: 183   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Released for the winter season, this hearty stout starts off with an espresso aroma, followed by a smooth roasted malt flavor. We age this beer for over 2 months to allow the alcohol to mellow and the flavors to balance. Despite the beers alcohol content (8.0%) and intense flavor, this beer remains smooth and very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kayres (570) - , Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Deep dark black with a thick tan head. Rich choclaty coffee aroma. Smooth and very full bodied. Very roasted and choclaty ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
djd07 (4899) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with medium creamy beige head that leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is chocolate, raisin, and toffee. Medium mouthfeel with a sweet roasted malt and dark chocolate. Decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
keanex (1575) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2013
On tap at DuClaw Bel Air.
Appearance: Pitch black body with a thin tan head.
Aroma: Very heavy on fig and dark chocolate.
Taste: Strong fig with dark chocolate, too much fig.
Palate: Medium bodied, moderately carbonated.
Overall: Way too much fig, not enough roast, didn’t even want to finish my sample.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (2825) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Draft. Pours very dark brown with a thick tan head. Tastes sweet, syrupy, chocolatey, mellow. Almost no hop character. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like chocolate and malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4943) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2013
2010 Vintage Bottle, Purchased 30 July 2011, Sampled 15 February 2013 Deep pitch black coloured head with a thin, fast-dying light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, anise, fennel, nuts, caramel, vanilla, oak and a bit of prunes. Full-bodied; Strong roasty malt flavour with some coffee, nuts, caramel and a lot of anise and licorice flavours. Aftertaste shows some alcohol burn, a hint of peat and smoked flavours with a prolonged caramelised sugar flavour and a bit more alcohol. Overall, a strong and roasty beer with some good imperial stout flavours, but perhaps a bit too much alcohol burn and not enough complexity - especially after three years. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Norm’s in Vienna, Virginia on 30-July-2011 for US$9.00 sampled at home in Washington on 15-February-2013.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (2783) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2012
On draft at DuClaw in Bowie, MD. Really a fabulous appearance. Black as night with a half inch of dense, khaki colored he’d that plasters the pint glass with sticky lace ringlets. The aroma offers a nice balance of roast, chocolate, and coffee. The flavor is also well balanced, with a pronounced coffee/roast bitterness in the finish. Alcohol content is hidden quite well. Not particularly viscous or palate coating, but rather, easy to drink. Maybe too easy, considering this is an 8% abv stout. Overall, a solid beer from a local brewery. Recommended. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 01-17-2012

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Derek881 (1030) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2012
I had a 4oz sample of this beer at the 2012 Frederick Beer Festival. The beer had a dark brown/black color with a creamy dark tan head with average size and retention, and light cling. The aroma featured a toasty sweet chocolate malt scent along with caramel and a bit of toffee, to go with some slight earthy hops. Its taste was sweet with notes of chocolate and some coffee, along with caramel, toffee, and a slight bitterness. It was a creamy, fairly wet, smooth beer with high carbonation and a lively, full mouthfeel,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2223) - Silver Spring, USA - MAY 13, 2012
On tap 4 oz. sample at Maryland Craft Beer Festival 2012. Opaque, black brown with brown head and good lacing. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, toffee and roasted grain. Taste of toasted malt, toffee, raisins, figs other dark fruit and molasses with enough bitter hops in the finish to offset the sweetness. Medium/full body and medium carbonation. A fairly sweet, but very well-balanced, big stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Bomber from lukin013. Black color; a vigorous pour produces a thick tan head with a thin layer lasting most of the way. The aroma is ashy, with vanilla, dark fruit, sheet rock, and mocha. This is rich and creamy; vanilla cream and dark chocolate flavors stick out at first with rosted malt and roasty bitter coffee finishing this off. There’s a nice balance between the sweetness and bitter roast flavors. This is a borderline Imperial, but I like it that way. It’s drinkable without sacrificing flavor. In fact, I’m glad it’s not any stronger than it is. Good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3594) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 31, 2012
Bomber via trade. Black in color with a small brown head. The aroma is nice and well-balanced with coffee, dark chocolate, roast, and sweet maltiness. Good balanced flavor as well. Roasty and chocolatey with a good medium level of sweetness, sharp espresso notes, bitterness, and mild booze. Medium-full bodied and very slick on the mouthfeel with lower carbonation. Very good imperial stout overall, although it doesn’t have the polish and complexity of the best.

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