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RATINGS: 1801   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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A fine companion to end a meal or relax in front of the hearth with, this robust ale will cellar well for years. Brewed with ten varieties of malted barley this stout is extremely smooth, complex and rich in body. We recommend serving at cellar temperature. Sit back and enjoy its richness and complexity, youíre about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.


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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dogfishho (599) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2012
Pours black as night, thick as mud, and has a nice, big, cola colored head. Smells incredibly rich with burnt toast, molasses, dark chocolate, caramel, coffee, raisins, and a touch of wood smoke. Wow! On the palate, the beer is rich and decadent. The sweetness is very well balanced by the astringency of the roast profile. WAY outshined the CBS that was sampled at the same time!


1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
WruceBayne (1) - Gotham City, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2015 does not count
This is a heavy beer. I donít even feel right calling it a proper beer really. Itís like some sort of black beer-ooze from a some hellionís brew.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mkel07 (3875) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle from Wine Emporium 270215. This is as good as beer gets. Pours thick and syrupy in the glass, an impenetrable black with a swirling mass of light chocolate foam. Not a beer that you can, or want to, drink quickly.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scotchzombie (384) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Pours like black motor oil and leave a smallish cocoa brown head that settles to a rim and light coating and then nada. A bit of lacing. Aroma is more prominent after the pour and has notes of coffee, baking chocolate. Very smooth and rich on the palate with depth of flavor on the back end. Initial flavors are a bit abrupt and tangy. Loads of roasted malty goodness - coffee, chocolate, some darkfruit. Slightly bitter roast aftertaste. Very fine, but not quite to the level of, say, Ten Fidy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (2773) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Draft at Rattle ní Hum, NYC. Thick rich black, thick tan cream foam. Thick coffee, rich coating body. Clean big Imp Stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
demannu (27) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2015
This is a well made beer. No over the top ingredients or bells and whistles. Just a well executed Imperial. A smooth medium body stout with roasted sweet malts up front and a slightly bitter long finish. Very nicely balanced and extremely enjoyable.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SteveOrz85 (8) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2015 does not count
Bottled date says 12/2/2014. Tasted 2/24/2014. Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip. Appearance is dark black with one finger tan head, which dissipated rather quickly leaving some nice lacing. A strong roasted, malty, almost earthy aroma. Taste is rich with roasted heavy malts. Light carbonation and a little thick stickiness leaves a smooth pleasant mouth feel. Take your time sipping and savoring this one on a cold winter night or damp rainy day. If you like roasted malty goodness this beer is for you. Tasty beer. Superb representation of an Imperial Stout. I look forward to tasting the barrel aged version of this brew.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
keith0718 (405) - Kansas, USA - FEB 24, 2015
Different without being contrarian. Great imperial stout flavor without the usual strong overtones of coffee, chocolate, prunes, etc

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BucannonXC5 (977) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Type: 12-oz. bottle Glass: Karl Strauss snifter glass From: Beer Advocateís SteveB24 Price: N/A Purchased: N/A; Received on Feb. 7, 2015 Consumed: Feb. 21, 2015 Misc.: Bottled on Dec. 22, 2014 Thanks Steve! Poured a black color with 1-to-2 fingers of dark tan, rocky head. Great layered, spiderweb foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Average-to-above average retention. (Sight - 4.63) Smelled toffee, caramel, roasted coffee malts, dark chocolate and roasted nuts. (Smell - 4.13) Tasted caramel, toffee, metallic notes, roasted coffee malts, rich dark chocolate, chocolate milkshake, roasty nuts, some smoky fire and sweet sugary notes. (Taste - 4.38) Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. Alcohol is well hidden. (Feel - 4.88) This was just a really good RIS, definitely in the my top three without looking back. So smooth for 10.5 pct. (Overall - 4.50)

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
malkyore (244) - - FEB 21, 2015
Definitive... This beer is pretty much the definition of "Imperial Stout" strong and malty and bitter enough to balance this elephant of a beer. It would be unexciting if it werenít so perfectly executed.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Krej (139) - USA - FEB 21, 2015
Very good. I think this is the most imperial stout Iíve ever tasted. All the other ones add extra stuff like bourbon barreling it or adding coffee, but this is just a great imperial stout. Its a little bitter but its got a very smooth mouth feel to it.


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