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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
This massive Stout pours a mahogany black with a thick, brown head. The aroma is all chocolate and toasted malt. The first wave of flavor embraces anise and dark, bitter chocolate but opens up to include coffee, smoke and rich sweet malt.

ABV may vary between batches: 9.1% to 10.3%

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
TAR (2693) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Release #2: Penetrable chestnut-black. Grayish head retains a creamy collar as it gradually disperses. Overcrowded aroma of pine tar, graham cracker, mocha chocolate, burnt cocoa, grapefruit, rubber, black cherry, dried plums and yeast (wet paint). Soft, lightly prickly carbonation. Full, weighty body. Tongue-coating viscosity envelops the tongue, yielding a panoply of liquefied fudge, glue / wet paint, and blackstrap molasses adorned with a bittersweet chocolate punch. Big American hop splash contributes more resins and oily weight to the already dense body, fatiguing the palate before the lapping richness of malt and sugars takes foothold. Quickly becomes nauseatingly medicinal due to overripe plums blending with the excessive residuals and higher alcohols. Dabs of grapefruit poke through the bludgeoning residuals, yielding an overabundance of acids which clash with the bitter tar-soaked char. Some vague chalkiness from the hops as well, which exacerbates the brash earthiness derived from the malt. Potent smokiness lingers amid spoiled fruits, pine tar, pumpernickel bread, and graham cracker in the finish. There’s lots of disharmony going on here, and it’s rather unrefined. Overly brutish and kitchen sickish, ultimately.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2011
Black with a big dark brown head. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Taste of coffee and dark chocolate, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, thick feel, soft carbonation. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11654) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2011
This beer pours flat black with a medium tan head that diminishes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Rich, roasty body with flavors of black coffee, sweet malt and bakers chocolate. Some hops in the background too. The finish is malty with a lingering sweet roast aftertaste. Solid Imperial Stout all around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Big roasty nose, chocolate, caramel, slightly ashy, moderate bitterness. Pours black, nearly opaque, tan head with decent retention. Flavor is heavy roast, coffee, fairly ashy and a bit harsh, caramel and pleasant sweetness. Full body, thick and chewy, medium carbonation. Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
p1meatloaf (256) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2011
22 oz bottle bought from the brewery and opened in San Digeo into pint glass. Looks very black with brown head. Smells like roasted brown blackness with a bit of rich creaminess. Tastes of pretty fairly rich chocolate malts. Very tasty double stout. Overall 7.5 of 10.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10658) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Bottle… Dark brown ale with a tiny, creamy, beige head. Good retention. The aroma offers a concoction of soy sauce, singed espresso, caramel and unsweetened dark chocolate. Medium to full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and nearly expired carbonation. The flavor leans way bitter, offering burnt malt and acrid, carbonaceous charcoal. Finishes scorched and bitter, leaving an aftertaste of spent espresso grounds. Bottle courtesy of landhoney!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - AUG 24, 2011
Pours a deep rich coffee black with a tan head. Aroma is of burnt coffee and chocolate. Tase has a roasted bitterness. A full bodie beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LonelyStranger (3) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2011 does not count
Pours quite black with a thin cream colored head. Aromas were of roasted chocolate malts and coffee with a light flora background. Mouth feel was oily but not heavy and lightly carbonated. The flavor was forward with chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel. I felt it had a vanilla and liquorice-like undertone to it and was reminiscent of plum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark brown-black with a small tan head. Pleasant aromas of chocolate, french roast coffee, roasted barley. More chocolate in the flavor, mildly sweet. Very smooth and easy to drink for an Imp Stout. Great job!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (3427) - Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Bottle shared at the district. Black pour with a tan head. Dark malt and chocolate aromas. Well balanced with roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, and a hint of earthy expresso.

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