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RATINGS: 1304   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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Creamy and full-bodied, with a complex character from generous amounts of roasted, toasted, and caramel malts. For those who demand flavor, this is the perfect libation. Bronze Medal winner 2003 GABF, Gold Medal winner 2005 GABF.


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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bulk_Carrier (3346) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - FEB 7, 2013
It poured a super pitch black with a very nice foamy darkish tan two inch head that had a very nice foamy spider web, ringy lacing. The head pretty much lasted until the whole beer is consumed. No carbonation was seen rising because the body is too dark. The smell had the roasted malts, coffe, chocolate, molassess and brown sugars up front and combined ever so nicely. A nice smoky yet slightly hoppy aroma was there. The taste had pretty much the same thing, which is good to me. The palate was heavy, thick, and strong. It had a smooth aftertaste and finish. Overall, this was very well done for its style and its spectacular to me.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TXBadger (2348) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2016
Pours an opaque dark, dark brown almost black color like oil with similar viscosity and khaki colored head. Roasted malts, toast, and dark chocolate on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with dark chocolate and roastiness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (2207) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2016
12oz bottle from Total Wine in Jensen Beach/Stuart at cellar temperature, shared with bananabi11. Black pour with a brown head. Aroma has big chocolate, caramel, molasses and roast. Taste is all chocolate, roast, molasses and caramel. Thick, bittersweet and strong. Lowly carbonated, body is full and the blend is well done. Some alcohol presence. Finishes bittersweet and thick. Excellent, thick "imperial" stout. 14.8

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BroadestTom (341) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2016
Aroma chocolate, roasty, Appearance black, tan foam, brown foam, Taste medium sweetness, lightly bitter, Palate medium body, Overall a very smooth chocolate and roasty beer that hides the alcohol very well. I would suggest this beer to a friend.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
gregwilsonstl (1822) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 10, 2016
Dark black. Medium khaki head. Tasted side by side with BA version. Thick and chewy. Roasted. Perfectly, and I mean perfectly cooked toast. Lasting roastiness. Enjoyed after running my 5th marathon.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (3779) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2016
12 oz bottle into a Belgian snifter. Poured with a short, tan head atop a black body. Spots of sticky lacing.get left on the glass. Aroma: medium-strong with lots of roasted dark malts, hints of molasses, caramel, vanilla, ripe dark fruits, brown sugar and chocolate. Flavor: strong, lightly sweet with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Hints of brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, ripe dark fruits, bittersweet chocolate and licorice. Tasty!. Feel: Full bodied; high viscosity; low carbonation; mild but lingering alcohol heat in the finish. Overall: an excellent Imperial stout, I prefer this to the Founders Imperial Stout I had (again) just two days ago.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (8727) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 12, 2016
355 ml bottle.
Pours black color with a small beige head. Peaty aroma, yeast, dark malts, ashy malt notes, some chocolate and coffee. wood and coffee. Flavor is mildly bitter malty, chocolaty, some wooden notes, coffee. Very nice and balanced, not too aggressive.
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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (5840) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 12, 2016
355ml bottle from New York. Vertical with Bourbon version. Pours pitch black with a light brown head. Aroma of roasty malts, licorice, coffee, chocolate and hints of hops. Taste is stingy roasty with some licorice, chocolate and hints of coffee. Finish is roasty with hints of licorice, chocolate and coffee. Okay, feels more balanced than the bourbon version.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (7650) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 12, 2016
330 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown, almost black colour with a small head. Aroma of rich roastiness, salty licorice, soy sauce and some herbal notes. Flavour of roasted malts, metallic notes, salty licorice, soy sauce and bread. Some spiciness. Medium bodied. Very dry mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seymour (1827) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2016
Shared at the StlBrews meeting from a bomber bottle into a nonic half-pint glass. It poured opaque black with tan foam, lasting with lace. Malty, toasty, nutty, very roasty, boozy, with a firm hop bitterness. Some citrusy hop flavour but aroma was mainly burnt grain. Simultaneously mellow and tart. Medium body and carbonation. Well-rounded mouthfeel, some gritty chalk and ash, mineral water essence. Lingering toasty, bittersweet aftertastes. Very good, I can see why it’s an award-winner.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ExpendableHero (823) - Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2016
Almost black beer with a brown head. Aromas of roasted coffee and oats. Tastes of dark licorice, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and oat. Oily and creamy mouth feel. Very easy to drink with a bittersweet, lactic finish. Delicious.


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