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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, youíre about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
dnstone (2457) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 5, 2011
Chocolate and coffee aroma light smoke aromas. Pitch black with a tan head that fades to a whisp. Strong milk chocolate smootheness with roasty sweet coffee tones.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hallinghansen (2646) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2011
Bottle from rgtravers, thanks. Black body with a small light brown head. Aroma is oatmeal, chocolate, roasted malt, baked hazelnuts, berries, fruity notes and alcohol. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, oat, dark fruit, alcohol, vanilla, roasted malt, hops. Thick texture, medium carbonation long alcohol finish. Nice lacings. Complex. Very good brew.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2010
From notes: Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest trace of lighter color when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy mocha colored head. Decent retention, quickly fading to a lasting ring that leaves spots of lacing behind. Dark roasted aroma with lots of silky dark chocolate character as well as hints of roasted coffee/espresso bean, oatmeal, nut, toffee burnt toast and alcohol sweetness. Chewy full body with a deep roasted malt flavor. There is a huge silky chocolate and roasted coffee bean presence that is balanced vry nicely by a lactic cream character. Iím also picking up hints of toast, toffee, hazelnut, oatmeal and slight dark fruit. This beer is very comlex and the well masked ABV makes this dangerously drinkable. Slightly bittertowars the end of the palate with a bone dry finish and slight alcohol warmth. Excellent!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, licorice, tobacco, wood, and light smoke. As good as I expected.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TeamTrappist (831) - jericho, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Bottle. Poured a rich dark black. Nose is sweet boozy and roasted malts. This is big solid impy stout. Lots of roasted malts carry thi. Hints of coffee and vanilla , but chocolate and roasted malts carry the flavor. A hint of the abv carries the finish. Big and bitter and top notch.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2010
(12oz bottle courtesy of rayl101!!). Pours black with brown head and tiny carbonation bubble. Aroma of dark chocolate, wood, dark fruit. Taste is sweet with some roastiness. Full bodied with creamy texture. Finish is bitter (roasty). Excellent IMP! Love it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ron (3413) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Poured out very black with a nice tan head. The aroma is of licorice, chocolate, a touch of coffee and something sweet. 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. Thanks for the trade JB. Iím cellaring the 2nd one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Bottle. 2009 vintage, itís been sitting in my cellar for a while. Poured into a tulip glass a very dark brown/black color with a big, think fluffy dark tan head that slowly settles down the glass. Nice left from the head. A big whiff yields some very strong notes of dark chocolate, molassess, coffee, and a slight hint of booze. The mouthfeel is surprisingly a little lighter than I thought with a nice medium, velvety feel. Dark roast coffee flavors mix really well with dark chocolate. There is some sweetness that is really nice in this. Some licorice notes as well. Very nice beer my only knock would be the mouthfeel, wish is was just a little heavier.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1642) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2010
Requisite black appearance with a small, medium brown head and good lacing. Most noticable aspect of the aroma is the roasted chocolate malts, but after a few moments there are dark fruits, nougat and brown bread in the mix. Bittersweetness and earthiness coexist in the taste, with random notes of vanilla bean, coffee, ripe fruit; even some charcoal in the aftertaste, Alcohol is evident in the creamy, full bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel, leading to a long lasting finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nickls (2282) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Bottle. Pours a midnight black color with a finger of than foam, with minimal lacing. Roasted malts, licorice, and dark chocolate in the aroma. Much more roasted in the flavor, but cut with a smooth sweetness that carried honey and chocolate, as well as anise. Fuller body, with a lingering sweet and roasted finish. Shit, nice big Impy Stout.


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