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RATINGS: 2032   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   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, youre about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
chibuck (3507) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
On tap into a 4oz tulip at Stub & Herbs...Black pour, with not much head or retention...An aroma of all roast, not broken up enough with flavors, needs some sweetness...The taste is all very bitter and roasted coffee. Not bad, just one noted, and a very roasted imp, too much for my liking in this style.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (2486) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAR 29, 2011
On tap at 4th Avenue Pub. Holy crap. Black with dark brown dense head and lace. Rich chocolate espresso earthy aroma. Rich dark chocolate bitter espresso beans mild dark fruit woody hops earthy very bitter roasted woody finish. Thick and rich, like Sarah Palin. Overbearing like her, too.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suprchunk (2923) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2011
Thanks to khumbard for the bottle.

Black with about a finger of dark tan head. Little lacing as the head quickly recedes. Was nice looking while it lasted though. Alcohol and dark fruit. Roasted grain. Something a little too much on the vegetal aroma side. Maybe too many hops? Sweet taste of malt and vanilla. Alcohol. Alcohol burn in the mouth along with that taste. Very hot beer. And the bitterness detracts a bit from the overall taste and mouthfeel, along with the alcohol. But it is a nice dry imperial stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zdk (1854) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2011
bottle shared by Matt: dark engine oil pour. thick coffee roast, nice dark malts. Hardly any carbonation. Nice and smooth, a bit creamy.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Black with a rich dark dark brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roast, alcohol. Taste is creamy body, rich roastiness, strong bitter malt character, chocolate, coffee, the alcohol gets hidden the more it warms up. Nice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slitcher (267) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
12 ouncxe bottle. Pours a viscous black with a tight brown head. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla and some alcohol. Flavor of bitter chocolate, coffee and alcohol. This is an amazing Impy stout. The only fault I could find with it is that it finishes a little hot.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (6837) - Utah, USA - MAR 25, 2011
12oz bottle (2009) from secret santa 2010, thanks brad
Appearance: Pours coal black with a nice big tan head and some lacing
Aroma: Rich chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and vanilla
Taste: Roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, ashy, chocolate and some hot alcohols
Wow, this is a very good Imperial Stout. I need to get hold of a few more to cellar.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mxtur (266) - Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2011
This is so good! I could just kick up my feet and enjoy just about anything while sipping away my problems. Very creamy full bodied with a sweet start and thick dark chocolate finish. Yum.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwm1034 (753) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2011
12 oz bottle / part of collection from Todd...thanks. Pours black with dark head....served, as recommended, at cellar (well, basement beer closet floor) temperature...as advertised - smooth, rich, great sipping stout....glad I have another to age a little...years? I doubt it................

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HoppyAlesToYou (167) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2011 Pours black with a finger of fine brown head in my snifter, hints of chocolate escape the predominantly roasted malt and alcohol aroma. The flavor mimics the scents, with a chalky bitterness and lingering dark roasted coffee notes. The body is medium with a sticky texture, soft carbonation, and long astringently bitter finish. I was hoping for more from this imperial stout, so Ill age my remaining bottles with hopes of more refinement next fall. 10/15/2011 Re-rate: Popped the top on one of my cellared bottles, and my patience was rewarded. None of the nasty bitterness or astringency from a fresher tasting was present, it seems this stout takes rather well to a rest. Assuming I am able to grab a four pack in January, I may put them in the back of the cellar until next fall.


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