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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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Release #1 - 10% ABV
Release #2 - 9.2% ABV
Release #3,4 - 9.1% ABV
Release #5 - 9.2% ABV
Release #6 - 8.7% ABV
Release #7 - 9.7% ABV
Release #8 - 9.8% ABV
Release #9 - 9.4% ABV
Release #11 - 10.3% ABV


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (2142) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 8, 2012
Nice, though not crazy strong, aroma of coffee, bread, dark chocolate. Dark, kind of thin body with creamy brown head. Taste is nicely bitter dark chocolate, fruity malts, coffee, bitter aftertaste. A solid imperial stout.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dogfishho (588) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Release #9. Pours, as expected, opaque black with no highlights. The head is fairly substantial and dark brown. The aroma is dominated by roasty malts with a modest sweetness, but few other distinctive notes. On the palate, dark chocolate and espresso grinds come through with a touch of white sugar. Not much more... just okay.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6174) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 22, 2012
Draught at Tadgís. Black with thick chocolate milkshake head. Nose of chocolate, coffee, well roasted. Flavors are of coffee, cream, chocolate, licorice, roasty wood. Thick and rich and quite nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (1635) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 10, 2012
Pleasantly surprised by this one. Pours black with nice soft mocha head. Big vanilla aromas. Chocolate, bourbon, and anise as well. Soft and full bodied palate. Chocolate, anise, and bourbon flavours. Well rounded stout. Very good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brenn79 (1486) - Idaho, USA - NOV 9, 2012
22 oz. bottle, release #6- Pours opaque black with a one finger chocolate tan head that looks like itís gonna stick around for most of the beer anyways. The aroma is chocolate malt, leather, licorice, classic imperial stout aroma. The taste is the same, strong dark roasted malt, chocolatey, molasses, bold and in your face. Body is huge as expected, coating the mouth with chocolate milk flavor long after the swallow. Overall I really like a good Impy stout, and this is a good one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1392) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Release #7.
Appearance: Beautiful pitch black body with a thick creamy brown head, itís a shame the head has poor retention because itís beautiful with it on top. Still this is excellent looking.
Aroma: The aroma is excellent here, milk chocolate is the primary aroma here with some dark fruits in the back. The milk chocolate is more pronounced on the pour, the dark fruits come out more as it warms up.
Taste: Lots of dark chocolate throughout, maybe a hint of licorice, and a very light smoke presence, the licorice becomes more apparent as I sip, Iím not a huge fan of licorice but itís okay here.
Palate: Thick beer with a light fizz, creamy body.
Overall: I really wish this beer didnít have the licorice flavor in it, it would be excellent if not. I know some people will love that though. I think this is a solid imperial stout either way, worth trying.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Release #7. Bottle. Pours with a black hued body with a massive deep brown head that lasts. The body coats the glass and there is great lace. Unreal retention. Aromas are nutty, bready, roasty, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, toasty, molasses, iodine, bakery fresh bread. Malt forward, but not too sweet. Balanced herbal hop component. Flavors are thick and big. Medium to medium strong bitterness. Herbal hop, toasty, dry, rich cocoa, spicy, molasses, nutty, tobacco, leather and light ash. Roasty, velvety, coffee, iodine. Somewhat clean ester wise. Complex malt impression. Really good. Fuller bodied, medium dry, warming, bitter and slightly roasty throughout the duration. Viscous. Medium so slightly high carbonation for the style. Another solid beer from Epic!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iguanodon (74) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 17, 2012
Deep dark brown with almost no head. Aroma of caramel, roast malt, coffee, faint smoke. Taste is sweet caramel, roast malt, coffee, tobacco.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7099) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Bomber, release #4. Poured deeper brown with a dense yellowy-beige head. The aroma picked up sweeter, roasty vanilla bean and chocolate notes, with touches of earthy spice and smoked dark malt around.. a little on the sweet side, but solid. The flavor found lightly-smoked, roasty black malts and darker chocolate at the core.. more sweet malts topped by bright, earthy bitterness around.. finished a touch grainy with a blend of black malts amplified by alcohol warmth. Heavier-bodied with low-moderate carbonation on the palate.. grainy as mentioned, but not necessarily in a bad way.. good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5585) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2012
Ash roasted malts, a little chocolate, perhaps a little smoke, earth, some residual sugar. Pours black, tan head, nice lace. Flavors of dark roasted malts, a little char and smoke. Some residual sweetness perhaps caramel underneath. Smooth, but with a decently dry finish. Nice body, alcohol shows up a bit in the finish.


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