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RATINGS: 347   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Bottled November 2004, Batch 5. This big Imperial Stout is brewed from Northwest ESB, chocolate, and caramel malts, with Columbus hops to bitter and Cascade hops for flavor. This is the first batch to not be aged in oak wine barrels. 10% abv. The 2006 bottling is 8% abv.


4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2006 Full bodied but silky velvet mouth feel, not sticky or cloying like some impy’s. How they create such a feathery creation is a mystery to me-- they must beat the hell out of some oats. There is a clear vinous quality that seems to characterize many great stouts. Smokey, burnt coffee more than chocolate but niether note is overplayed so as to drown out the subtle fruit, spice, licorice, vanilla, tobacco notes. There is also a faint meaty note that I’m very surprised to find a nice fit. Meaty note disappears after you have drank half the bottle so the flavor sort of evolves as you drink. This would mix great with brandy-- I can’t think of any other brew that could. $3.29 single from woodmans in madison wi. cool label.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
daninferior (4) - USA - MAY 10, 2008 does not count
pours pitch black, nice mild tan head, real malty, really smooth on the palate, finishes really nice w/mild bite from the alcohol, really simillar to stones russian imperial stout

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - OCT 13, 2005
Bottle poured black with thick creamy chocolate head and sticky lacing. Big roasty chocolate and coffee aroma and flavor. Medium/heavy body. Alcohol is very well hidden.Bitter finish Excellent Stout!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 23, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2008 Pours a blackish brown color w/ a shallow, spattered froth. Head retention is NIL and leaves only a thin lace. Aromas of roasted coffe bean and sweet cocoa. Full nectar w/ soft residual effers creating a semi creamy texture. Nice! Big chunky, chocolate roasted malts balanced by a defined hop component w/ a mild sweetness. Theres a fresh and lively essence to this specimen. Bitter cocoa, roasted coffee bean, and mildly sweet molases. The finish is bittered perfectly and leaves a lingering sweet roastiness and asprin burn to ponder. Overall: this is a more mellow specimen going down smooth w/ superb effervescence yet displaying great American hop bittering. It’s like eating pudding sprinkled with asprin.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2006
Bottled in 2004. Batch 5. Wow this is great! Its like chocolate flavored whipped cream, because its smooth creamy, and almost fluffy on the palate, with a rich chocolatey taste. It also has some roasted malt, caramel, a bit of fruitier sweetness in the finish, some noticeable alcohol but mostly in the aroma, and some hops in the flavor. It looks pretty nice too, super dark with a dark brown head. I dont really have anything bad to say about this beer, aside from the extra alcohol that takes over a bit too much in the aroma. Delicious!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2005
Medium thickness, opaque and ink black in color with dusty tan speckles for the head. Aroma is rocking. Vibrant roastiness, chocolatey sludge with espresso, caramel and dense fudge brownies. A very similar nose to Expedition. Flavor pans out nicely. Dry, dark chocolate cocoa powder and character traits in line with an iced mocha with a double shot of espresso. Lactic accents. Semi-sweet chocolate with an amplified twang at the pauses where there’s hops assertion. Dry yet waxy palate feel. Elegant and lovely. Love the balance combination. Finishes like burr grinded espresso soot and chocolate chip remnants. Proof positive that we can hold imperial stouts to high standards.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Practially black, yet seemingly more brownish in most light. Thin but thick set dark tanned, evenly firm foam sits atop and hardly moves from there. Laces in thinnly placed sheeting. Big time waft of oaky bourbon drenched in dark chocolate with nice little notes to sweetness in molasses, dark cherry, raisin, and prune. Smooth taster, bold, lavish, chocolate sets the tone in the front with a softer, sweet dark fruity backing of raisin and fig. Slips to coffee roast and burnt barely. Staying smooth. Turns to a bittering chocolate and hop dance as it finishes. Chocolate returns late, softening the bitter blow a bit. Bitterness still intertwines the palate with a well-rounded warmth from the decadently easy alcohol that sifts through the chocolate. Feel is smooth and silky with a great chocolate body and low carbonation level that speaks to the point of most Imperial Stout-types. Full, rich, evenly heavy, and continuing smooth. Oh so smooth... A very nice stout. Big, chocolatey, rich, and inticing. Fish Tales’ Poseidon’s Imperial Stout sea is some smooth sailing. Going across it is a cinch.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Flavor was exaclty like semi sweet chocolate, some coffee and spice in the finish. Very dry on the palate, but very good. This would be great to age even longer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2006
Batch 5, Nov. 2004 vintage. Pours dark dark brown to black, though not impenetrable with a decent dark tan/light brown head. The nose is very malty and chocolatey with a milky bit of sweetness. There’s also some hops hanging around as well as relatively subdued alcohol. Perhaps a hint of bandaids? The palate is really truly perfect. Viscous, though not to point of decreasing drinkability, with perfect carbonation levels. This foams in the mouth up to just over the approriate level for the style. Really nice. The flavors are big in this beer. The alcohol doesn’t stand a chance against the big malty creamy chocolatiness. Sweet, along with the alcohol, almost to the point of cloying However, this is entirely balanced by the roastiness (though not bitter) and the fairly liberal hops for the style (appropriately a bit bitter). I really liked this beer and first gave it a 10 for flavor before the sweetness got to me. My only regret is that this was our only bottle. Next time I’m out west, I’ll keep an eye open for this.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - FEB 1, 2007
22 oz 2006 bottle via LS. 8% abv. Served at 50 degree (my cellar temp plus 20 minutes in the fridge). Pours black with some ruby highlights on the edges. Average size tan head that qucikly dissipates and leaves a minimal amount of lace. Nose is chocolate and coffee. Taste starts with some sweet molasses and vanilla, then the roastiness qucikly kicks in. A bit of smokiness as well. A dry espresso finish that lingers into the aftertaste, as do some earthy hops. Medium body. Light carbonation. Silky mouthfeel. This is a good one.


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