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RATINGS: 360   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
The most decadent creation ever to be crafted in FCB’s brewhouse. Deep roasty flavors, rich chocolate nose, coffee undertones and impeccable balance are the result of imperializing an already flawless brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2008
Dark brown with a brown head. Strong roasted malt aroma with a little chocolate. Flavor mostly of roasted malts and a little dark chocolate. Pretty dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, and Garthicus, courtesy of Blankboy. Black, dark creamy tan head. Lovely aroma - dry roast, dry chocolate - excellent. Nice strong taste - strong roast, more dry chocolate, some hops in finish. A great strong chocolate stout, I’d like more of this one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Thick black color with a thick, soapy head. Smells of roasted chocolate. The flavor’s more dark chocolate and some coffee. Not a complex or particularly strong flavor, just nice balance and well made. Finishes a bit sticky...good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Nice roastiness in the nose with a hint of chocolate, though mostly coffee and roasted grain. A bit thin in body. leathery and some pepper coming across in the taste. If this had more body, it could be a pretty good stout, but as it stands, comes up a bit short. Nice though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6267) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2008
Bottle (22oz). Shared by blankboy with garthicus and tupalev. Opaque black, thick, smallish tan frothy diminishing pour. Roasty, slightly sour burnt malt, light herbal, stale coffee. Taste - same, dry, coffee beans, mild, cocoa. Light body, nice roasty astringency - quick finish, bitter mint/herbal aftertaste. Good, not much chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
garthicus (2808) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 13, 2008
Blankboys bottle: Shared with Paul, Harry and Jeff. Appearance: Pitch black, small cream head. Aroma: Smokey, chocolate some chocolate too. Flavour: Smoke and chocolate, leather and spice. A short but sharp finish. Really nice, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2008
22oz bottle. Pours dark / brown black. Aroma of roasted malt. Flavors of coffee. Roasted malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Fort Collins Double Chocolate Stout Oh, my, it finally happened, a beer label that uses the phrase "imperializing". I didn’t know that was acceptable terminology yet. Lovely watercolors on the imagery, though. Deep black, slim cocoa-tinged head. Roasty, toasty aromatics, full flowering of the cocoa bean. On the tongue, it’s pleasure aplenty, rich, delicious, full bodied, long finish, chocolate lingering long, with coffee flavors below. Tasty, tasty stuff! "Imperialized", though? ...maybe...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3541) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2008
22oz bottle-Pours black with a nice fairly loose tan head which emits an aroma of coffee, smoke, bacon, roasted malt, and chocolate. Flavor begins with coffee and roasted malt on this full bodied brew. It then fades into more malt , smoke, and then the chocolate kicks in on the back end along with some dryness and a little chalk. A pretty decent tasting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Bottle from Midtown in Nashville. I was going to get one for Ross, but when I called him from the store, he did not want it because it was only rated 79 (note, he also turned down a Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout). Now that little whiny bitch is crying because I did not send him one. Aunt Flo must be visiting this month

Pours deep brown/black with a tan head. Aroma of dark roast, coffee, and balsamic reduction. Full bodied with prickly carbonation. Initial flavor of dark bitter unsweetened chocolate, black patent malt, and coffee. Mid palate, the texture thins out a bit, and has notes of cheap red wine, along with a moderate residual sweetness. The finish is where this goes downhill. It has a harsh bitterness and astringency, making me think of strong cheap coffee. The name is misleading, and I am not sure about the sweet stout classification on this site.

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