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RATINGS: 1675   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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A fine companion to end a meal or relax in front of the hearth with, this robust ale will cellar well for years. Brewed with ten varieties of malted barley this stout is extremely smooth, complex and rich in body. We recommend serving at cellar temperature. Sit back and enjoy its richness and complexity, youíre about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Black with dark brown head. Boozy, smokey nose. Big flavor of roasted malt, raisins, brown sugar/cinnamon, coffee, and chocolate. Smokey, slightly bitter finish. Complex and well done. Worth every penny.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Bottle. Aroma ashy, smoky, cream, sort of weird. Flavor brings on more ash and burnt malt with bitter chocolate. Finish is again very ashy. Despite the shaky aroma start, and a somewhat unusual go at things, quite enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ReggieDunlap (3071) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2009
pours very thick and black...this is why marlin calls stouts "oil for your body!" nice deep caramel head with decent retention. aroma is milky with dark fruit and a bit of alcohol. flavor is pretty complex...dark fruit, bitter chocolate, coffee, and burnt molasses...citrusy hops dry out a roasty warming finish. thick and sticky mouthfeel. nice imperial.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3453) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2009
Bottle thanks to JCB (thanks Jason!). Pours black with a small ring of brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, smoked meats, also kind of an odd smell I canít identify (sweet perfumy?). Flavor is rather roasty with some dark chocolate bitterness and some burnt notes in the finish. Quite nice. 7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Aroma: Roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits, hopspice. Appearance: Dark brown with a sturdy 1/4 inch brown ring of suds. Flavor: Coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, burnt malts. Mouthfeel: Silky almost buttery with fizzy carbonation. Overall: Quite lovely, my kind of impy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle, pours a solid black beer oil. Aroma is super sweet with a lot of roast and malt. Flavor is sweet alcohol and roast. End is hoppy and a little bit bitter. Very good impy stout

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2009
Tap. Poured black with small brown head. Aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate. Lots of coffee in this. Some chocolate. Roasty. Warmed me up.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Bottle into snifter. Pours motor oil black with just a bit of translucent brown around the very edges of the glass. A little foaming action going on, but very little. Nose is dark chocolate and dark fruits, a bit of a roasty coffee note underneath, with a slightly acidic hop character thatís floral and just a bit citric. Some alcohol heat comes through. An excellent balance. Taste is rich and chocolatey - malt forward at the start with a molten super-dark chocolate note that hints at roasty coffee and dark fruit, with a resiny, citric hopping note coming through louder towards the finish, alongside a bit of warming, spicy alcohol. Finish is drying, roasty, warming. More dark fruit. Brash and young, and absolutely full of potential - this would be one of my sure fire verticals if I could get it on a regular basis. Mouthfeel is slick and viscous, thick, with a light, sharp carbonation underneath that makes an effort at lightening things up a bit. Surprisingly drinkable, mainly due to the fact that itís freakiní delicious. Top notch stout.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours pitch black with a large, frothy mocha head that laced my snifter nicely. Aroma of roasted malts and rich chocolate with hops. Initial flavor is bold hop bitterness with some roast and coffee. As it warmed, more complexities began to hit the tongue: chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, and a touch of bourbon alcohol. Full-bodied, incredibly smooth, and slightly syrupy. Bitter hops and dark chocolate aftertaste. Fantastic.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pastor (796) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Thanks Dim I had to crack one tonight.(The label design is awesome ) A fresh Bottle poured into a snifter produced a short lived tan head that settled to a thin ring around the glass. The body of the brew was a typical tar black. Aromas are nice malty bourbon nose with some alcohol detected. You also get some coffee and chocolate as normal in an IMP stout Bitter coffee flavor with some vanilla sweetness a little alcohol heat is on the tongue as well. You can tell there is some hops in here as well with a nice hoppy bitter as it finished nice medium feel in the mouth with little carbonation just the way a stout should be. I had the bottle sitting next to me and figured what the hell so I cracked it open. I was rewarded with a good drinking experience. I think it is a good RIS and worth your while to try


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