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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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Imperial Stout with Chilis and Hazelnuts


HonusWagner's rating

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1978) - Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2013
A slightly different version of the Imp Biscotti Break I am now accustomed to, the chili flavor comes through much more than the hazelnut but isn’t overwhelming. Bottles at Festival 2013.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (6307) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Bottle. Pours inky black, small brown head, dissipates with some lacing. Aroma is roasty, cocoa, nutty, coffee, espresso. Flavor is medium sweet, light plus bitter, loads of coffee, chocolate, hints of hazelnut. Not getting any chili(?!?). Full body, creamy. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
woodychevy (822) - - JAN 2, 2016
On tap at Edmunds Oast. Great, but not as good as the original to me. Black pour with tan head. Super thick in mouthfeel/body and really smooth. Usual dark malt notes with hazelnuts adding a little je-ne-sais-croix. Chili at the end is subtle but has staying power- could have a bit more spice but better to err on the the side of caution. Lots and lots of chocolate. Flavors definitely more apparent at room temp. Was expecting to be blown away but this one fell short.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (2923) - Gray, Maine, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Pours a dark burnt sienna color with two fingers of kahki foam. Nose is malted cocoa, some nutty roundness, nutmeg and roasted grain. Palate follows with a creamy soft mouthfeel and round chewy flavors of hot cooca interesting earth hazelnut addition, slight spice but the chili is faint. Lingering chocolate milk flavors with a pleasant roasted peanut shell note that draws out the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (3137) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Pours thick and dark. Aroma of the sweet hazelnuts and cooked dough like biscotti. Body is so creamy and delicious with toasty malts and lightly sweetened dough. The chili wasn’t even noticed until it slowly and lightly danced on the palate with just a bit of spice from the chili. The hazelnuts are so present in their subtle way, perfect.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (10783) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2015
Absolutely delicious stuff, and more complex than the regular version. Then again I like chile and hazelnuts.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpongeRuiner (1103) - Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2015
Dark brown color with a dark head. Big hazelnut roasty aroma. Coffee roastiness nose also. Smells fantastic. Coffee bitterness with a ton of nutty hazelnut. Really good. Creamy and great feel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5737) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2015
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, sweet chocolate notes and light hazelnut liquor is quite enticing. Taste is a nice mix between some roasted malt with sweet black chocolate notes, some hazelnut liquor, some residual sugar notes with some medium hot chili notes that are more noticeable in the aftertaste. Body is smooth with nice creamy texture and medium carbonation with light warming alcohol notes. Very nice balance between the different flavours. Wish I could have this more often.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (2115) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2015
22 oz bomber shared with ebone1988. Surprised that this is an imperial porter. The pour is a viscous and oily black with a thin collar of dark khaki ring of head and no lace around. The aroma is beautiful. Lots of chocolate and a nice roasted malt presence. There is a ton of hazelnut and a creamy vanilla behind that. There isn't much coffee as the label states, but the chilis come through nicely and lightly on the back end. The flavor is disappointingly thin. The chocolate is very reserved and the chili is as well. It's malty and thick. But the flavors fall invisible. The mouth feel is thick and velvety with an excellent soft carbonation and a lingeringly malty chocolatey aftertaste. I wish this one had more distinct and dominating flavors. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ebone1988 (1182) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2015
Bottle shared with koleminer20, awesome. Aroma is hazelnuts, chilis, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, booze, wowzers. Appearance is black, brown head, thick. Taste is very light. Roasted malt comes through, light chocolate, light pepper, light coffee. Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, great carbonation, nice. Overall, very very disappointing because the smell set me up for something wonderful.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (5294) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2015
Bomber from an IP BA trade at Sour’d. Poured a great looking viscous pitch black body under a smaller spotty tight foamy mocha head, wish the head was bigger to make this a 5. Aroma is rather subdued for a big ass 11% Impy flavored stout. Notes of sweet chocolate, slightlt cloying, soy, cola, wet burnt toast. Flavor is sweet sugary chocolate, dark burnt wet toast, chilies on the finish. The hazelnuts are lost in this one, especially in the aroma, maybe a hint in the flavor.


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