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RATINGS: 1908   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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, you’re about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 6, 2010
Maybe the quintessential imperial stout. If someone were ask me to give them a good example of an imperial stout and what characteristics it should hold- I’d probably give em this. Nice nose of dry chocolate, some bitter coffee and roast malt. Taste is mostly roast malt and bakers chocolate. Doesn’t get too sweet like some others in the style.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chalsk (1097) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2010
Aroma of coffee, caramel, malt, and smoke. Pours a dark black color with a chocolate tan soapy head. Sweet up front, bitters and chocolate on the back end. Very tasty. The smoke is always a turn off for me. But if I get past the smoke, this beer is a very tasty stout.

4.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WiFlatlander (25) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2010
Poured a thick, opaque brown/black with a tight, almost like a well tapped guinness, head. Full bodied, but smooth taste, somewhat on the sweet side. A winter seasonal and one of the very few reasons to lament the end of a Wisconsin winter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Pours a opaque, oily black with a very thin tan head. Aroma and taste: bitter dark chocolate, coca beans, roasted malts. Good body and depth. Creamy mouth feel. Overall a very good stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smith4498 (3253) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Bottle from a trade with phaleslu. Pours black with creamy brown head. Aromas of roasted malts and chocolate. Flavors of coffee, chocolate and burnt malts. A little ashy. Full body with minimal carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Thanks Peter.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 24, 2010
12 oz bottle thanks to beernbourbon. Pours jet black with thick creamy brown head. Aroma of dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and a faint alcohol scent. Strong roasted malt flavor dominates with some bittersweet chocolate and a light alcohol bite. Full body with mild carbonation a thick creamy mouth feel and a long, long finish. This is great, strong Imp Stout, they don’t hold anything back on this one and I like it a lot. Thanks again Vince for yet another excellent beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jb (2511) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2010
This one is special. The nose has plenty going for it, licorice, chocolate, a touch of coffee, something sweet and medicine-tasting. Poured out very black with a nice tan head. This receded quickly, but the initial appearance is stunning. The palate is velvety, thick, sweet, chewy, the chocolate malt figuring prominently. Still, there is a grainy-hoppy mid-feel to it keeping it in balance. I really liked it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
osu97gp (677) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Pours black with a thin brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, and some caramel. Sweet chocolate & caramel flavor with a roasted malt finish. Very smooth. Should’ve saved this one for my 200th rating.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (6850) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2010
had in my fridge for over a year .. Dark, pours a beautiful dark black .. . its a looker .. . very rich chocolate and tar flavours, big solid mouthfeel! .. . what a finish by Eto! .. This is a classy brew, and the added age has made it so much better! .. red card for Drogba .. I can see why this got hype when released, but really should have got more! .. as i entered this review Chelsea fc get tossed outta the Champions league by Inter Milan, what a wonderful day, i wish i had another FIS to celebrate!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Bottle: Poured black with a medium tan head, nice lacing, aroma of coffee and roasted malts, flavor is rich, burnt malts, chocolate, coffee. Burnt flavor was most prominent. Not bad.


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