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RATINGS: 1886   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   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, you’re about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slipy120 (81) - Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Good Imperial Stout. The appearance was opaque black with no head. The aroma was semi-strong with the malted grains coming through as well as the odor of alcohol. Being 10.5% ABV that is acceptable as the odor of alcohol is not overbearing. As for the taste, as scrizzz says below, it will creep up on you and it is a sneaky little devil. Not as bitter as most stouts and is overall an awesome brew. I was impressed.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2009
dry dusty chocolate aroma, somewhat faint even after waiting a while to have the beer warm up some. Poured a nice jet black with a lightly tan and thick head that adhered to the glass. Chewy burnt grain, thin in body for an impy, but drinks fine. Would seem tame for even a foreign stout and I’m shocked at the 10% listed. I’m drinking this too quickly and it’s gonna catch up with me.....again. Look for snarky posts after this rating. Burnt grain everywhere, little heat on my lips.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Wiesbaden, Hesse, GERMANY - AUG 2, 2009
Bottle courtesy of psprings. Pours a viscous black color, much like molasses, with a creamy brown head that laces the glass like a doily. Smells like a chocolate milkshake with a hint of red chili pepper. Tastes of dark cocoa, toasted malts, chalk, oatmeal, red grapes, and cherry cough syrup. Finishes with sticky plums. Great stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
darkguardian (726) - Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours a dark black with a tan head. Nose is super malty with some licorice and chocolate and light smoke. Flavor is rich and smokey with a huge roasted bitter finish. Slightly acrid and its got something that makes me dislike it a little. Still great but not as good as their other impy’s. Thanks to Adrian for the bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kennydiaz (353) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Pours nice and dark black with little or no head.Nice strong malty taste with chocolate and smokey aftertaste. An excellent beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 23, 2009
Bottle from Anders. Pours black with tan head. Dark chocolate coffee herbs roasted aromas. Taste roasted chocolate well balanced but just dont go all the way...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (5158) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2009
This poured an almost black color with a big light tan head. Aroma was very roasted, hints of coffe and bitter chocolate too. Flavor was much the same, very roasted a bit smokey and very dry. i was hoping this one would have been a bit better.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmm635 (913) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Deep black, creamy pour with a very thin brown head that faded immediately. Very nice aroma - exactly what you’d expect. Chocolate and coffee flavors with a strong roasted base. Alcohol is apparent on the nose, and even more in the taste and finish. Not as creamy as I was anticipating. Maybe a tad too much hops.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2009
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with pnista. The cool nights we’ve been having on eastern Long Island this summer have allowed me to continue drinking these big beers very comfortably. This one pours a deep, dense black with a very thin brown head despite pouring down the center of the glass. The head lasted through the first sip and left a transparent film on the glass. The aroma is lovely with lots of bitter chocolate and coffee along with some roasted malt. The flavor brings the roasted malt more to the forefront with chocolate, coffee and tobacco in supporting roles. Fairly smooth at the finish. Interestingly, the alcohol doesn’t rear its head until about 10-15 seconds after the swallow. Then, a burning sensation emerges in my chest and lower neck which lingers briefly and then subsides. Keep the cool weather coming!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Black pour with a bit of tan head...Light coffee aroma...Intense hop and burnt roasted malt flavors...Bitter finish...Thick and rich...Bitterness detracts from the malty chocolate goodness...Lay off the hops, this ain’t a DIPA...Fair rating due to my mouth feeling like I just scarfed down raw ground coffee...


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