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RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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We checked the gift registry, and appliances are appropriate for our Fourth Anniversary. This beer is an Imperial version of our Black Strap Stout, this time brewed with MORE blackstrap molasses and MORE brown sugar, plus a whole lot more malt and hops too. Part of our FESTIVAL OF DARKNESS and certainly the thickest, darkest, most viscous beer we’ve ever brewed. We’ll brew it again just as soon as we have another 4th Anniversary. Or hey, maybe on the 5th anniversary of our 4th anniversary.

Brewed for East End’s 4th and 9th anniversaries.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
MIBRomeo (2561) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2012
Huge inky black pour w/ a tall brown head and some thick lacing. Some light smoke toasty notes I want to smell burnt toast almost and something a tiny bit bitter with hints of chocolate. Thick well coated palate. Taste has something just off to it. I wanted to say lactose and some burnt coffee touches of sour. Not very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Thanks to the guy who shared this at the tasting last night. I don’t want to use the word "toast" to describe this beer, but regardless of the name, it really does have an excellent toasted bread flavor to it. Heavy on the roast malts, with chocolate to add some sweetness to it. A part of it reminds me of KtG. Really good beer and still in good form after being a couple years old.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 2/23/2011. Poured from a 1L swingtop bottle into a pint glass. Toaster has a molasses, nearly black, color throughout, with a nice looking coffee color cream cap. The aroma is malt forward, with lots of roasted malt, smokey notes, molasses, and chocolate. Up front the roasted malt works well with dark chocolate and roast coffee. Some smokiness is there too, and I get a whiff up my nose as well while I am sipping this. Some molasses flavor adds a light sweetness. The finish is clean and sweet. This is full bodied, with medium carbonation, which I feel may have declined over time. A strong toasted feel. This was a treat to try, and I definitely enjoyed it. Unless they brew this again, I will probably not be able to get any more, though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (9956) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2011
1 litre swing top bottle poured an opaque dark brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, burnt toast, bitter chocolate, vanilla and licorice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, burnt toast, bitter chocolate, licorice and light vanilla with a smooth lingering roasty finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7915) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2011
1L fliptop from Capone’s. Pours dark brown, hazy, with brown head. Nose was chocolate malt, roasty rauchy notes, prunes, hops. Tastes rich, chocolate malty, with notes of molasses, cacao, slight hops and rauchiness, and prune.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5866) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 27, 2011
pepe with a red .. . Pours a glimmering tan brown, medium foam, good lacing too .. . has an interesting uniqueness , roasted molasses, dough, dark bark, and slander .. . i speak spanish, see! .. . A well made brew and happy to have tried it .. . Yeah,well thats a stone cold bummer Mr.Natural,but you gotta keep on truckin...

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Poured into a pint glass. 4th Anniversary. 4.5 A: Dark as night color. One finger of thick creamy rusty/copper colored head with good retention and tons of lacing. 4.5 S: Big aroma. Lots of toasted malts and lots of burnt notes. Semi-sweet chocolate, caramel, and toffee. Very nice. 5.0 T: Again it lives up to its name. Tons of roasty toasty flavors, but this time no burntness. It’s easily the most toasty stout I’ve ever had. Sweet maltiness that is not quite matched by hop bitterness. Sweet chocolate and toffee. 5.0 M: Lighter heavy body. Incredibly smooth for a high ABV brew. Can’t even tell there’s any alcohol other than a subtle warming. Creamy as hell. Well done. 5.0 D: There’s a reason this is sold in 1L bottles (other than the sustainability thing). Full in flavor, but there aren’t any dominating aspects. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-20-2009 02:44:41

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6078) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2011
In short: A big sticky syrupy imperial stout like so many others. Good beer… like so many others.
How: Bottle 1L swing-top. Consumed when about 1 year of age. Split 3-way. Bottle sent to me by MrChopin. Thanks a lot Kevin.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head
In long: The nose is very roasted and the beer “smells thick” (molasses, tar, liquorice, etc.). Taste follows up on the nose. This is a big sticky imperial stouts with all the above elements (highly roasted malts, molasses, tar, liquorice). Not much fruitiness here or even chocolate/coffee. Very sweet with alcohol somewhat apparent. The beer was somewhat saved by a nice grassy hops presence with a slightly resinous bitterness that almost balanced it out. Those type of big beers are always nice beers when they are not cloyingly sweet. The style simply hides any and all of the problems the beer might have. All in all it was a good beer, above average for the style, but it doesn’t really stand out except for the taste of “rare” that is not worth it in this case. Not the best thing since toasted sliced bread.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2011
From notes: Pours pitch black and comletely opaque without even the slightest hint of lighter color when held to a light source and a massive three finger frothy, pillowy dark mocha head. This is the darkest head I’ve seen on any beer not named Dark Lord. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with rings, streaks and splotches of soapy chocolate colored lacing. Onenof the best looking beers I’ve encountered. Deep roasty aroma with lots of smokey almost burnt malt notes. Slightly acrid smelling with lots of charcoal and burnt toast in the nose as well as hints of sweet chocolate, oatmeal, coffee bean and nut. Medium bodied and a bit more acrid tasting than the aroma suggests. Lots of oddly roasted/smokey/burnt malt notes that kind if overwhelm the other flavors. As it warms up the beer opens and the silky chocolate notes appear as well as some caramel, more roasted coffee bean, oatmeal, hazelnut and toffee. Overall this is tasty but a bit one-dimensional for my taste.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Thanks to bmanning for sharing this one in a tasting. A: First off, I still cannot believe how massive this bottle is--33.8 ounces. Wow. Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head. ST: Lots of roasted malt coming through here with the overall impression being--you guessed it--slightly burnt toast. A little bit of chocolate, toffee, and caramel come through as well. Much better as it warms. M: Quite thick with a good amount of booze. D: This one is a slow sipper, and it’s all the better for it, with the beer getting much, much better as it warms to near room temperature. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-27-2009


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