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RATINGS: 2014   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, you’re about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Pour is thick and dark, oily looking, with nearly no head though extremely dark tan in color. Nose is of dark burnt malts and some chocolate. Taste is more complex, hasnotes of coffee and choolate, rather sweet, and malty flavors at the end.

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (5332) - Arizona, USA - FEB 26, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2015 Amazing stout, very elegant roasted flavors, alcohol very hidden, this is a beautiful sipper

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rando7 (777) - Iowa, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Bottle pours almost black and syrupy with chocolaty head. Great aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. Taste sweet, roasty malts, chocolate, bit of coffee. Finish long but not overwhelming with slight hops and roast. Palate a bit thinner than you would think but still creamy and enjoyable. Overall a great Imp Stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rondphoto (3621) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Opaque chocolate color with big, dark head. Tastes like an alcoholic chocolate malt; very thick and rich, and very filling. One at a time would be plenty.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2011
I have had this in the bottle but waited for the tapped version to rate. Pitch black and thick looking. The smell is rather subdued for the taste that is about to come. Roasted, sweet, and malty. The chocolate and coffee kick in and on the back end. Thick and syrupy mouth feel but still very drinkable. Just so good in a luxurious way.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pushkinwow (2484) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2011
120z bottle from 2010. Pours a jet black with no head or lacing. Huge sweet chocolate and burnt malt nose, some coffee. Full bodied, lightly carbonated, creamy, and smooth with a bitter finish the mellows and keeps on going. Tastes of is not as sweet as the aroma, chocolate is more bittersweet then milk chocolate. Can’t get over the 10.5% considering there is almost no alcohol taste apart from a slight bite at the end - incredible beer - looking forward to having some older ones in the future.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wolfenkopf (187) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
The aroma is an effervescent chocolate and coffee. Deep and rich. I had to pour hard to get a head out of it, but what I did get was fluffy & the color of chocolate. The brew is infinitely black. The taste is a brilliant mocha coffee with a backbone of sweet (but not too sweet) chocolate. It hits the palate as thick as a sugar-free syrup. The aftertaste turns lightly bitter. Great stout.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnnnniee (3476) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 18, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2012 Received in trade from TexIndy, Thanks for the opportunity. Pours a solid black with a smallish tan head that doesn’t visit for very long. Smells of chocolate syrup and roast, slight perfume aroma and a bit of alcohol as it warms. Taste is roasty and filled with chocolates. Hop presence is felt mid to finish as well as a bit of alcohol bite, which then gives way to a roast bitterness. Body is thick, mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, carbonation is low but adequate. Its a good Imp Stout, hoppier than I like. I wish I had more so I could lay some down. 02/26/2012 Revisited this today as I lucked into a four pack of this in VT. Solid black with a thin tan head that subsides but never really disappears. Smells is heavy on the milk and dark chocolate with some roast and earthy hops. Taste is about the same. Hugely smooth silky creamy mouthfeel with a light level of carbonation and a medium to thick body. I don’t recall liking this one as much the first time I had it, but I really enjoyed this today. My review reflects this sampling.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Ours syrupy thick with deep dark notes of chocolate and coffee. It has a deep sweet finish that stays aroud for a while.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (6025) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 17, 2011
12 ounce from HyVee. Pitch black. Thick. Creamy head. Lots of coffee and chocolate. For some reason, never rated or never had. Beautiful stout.


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