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RATINGS: 1638   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   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, youíre about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlKHall (161) - West Hartford, Connecticut, USA - SEP 12, 2006
Very Dark. Strong flavor of chocolate and coffee - slight hint of smokiness. allch content is present up front, but well blended. carbonation gives it a little of a tangy feel -- full bodied and balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Black as hell with a decent head. Coffee and chocolate aroma with a little hops. For 10%, this has no alcohol bite...big fan. BIg, but not over the top, roasted malt and chocolate with a bit of espresso. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Poured just like motor oil. 0 head 0 lacing and thick dark. Aroma was of coffee some roast and chocolate. Flavor was much the same but was sweet to much for my liking. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2843) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Poured a dark deep brown to black color with lots of motor oil thickness, near nil head and no lacing. The dark color won me over for appearance, though, thick motor oil, all black, even when held to light. The aroma was strong coffee, light roast, some chocolate underneath. The flavor followed suit, but the only knock was a bit too much sweetness, could have used a bit more hops balance to make it outstanding. Otherwise, very fine, great syrupy mouthfeel with velvety texture. I enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Bottle: Pours to a totally opaque dark black with hints of brown at the very edges towards the top of the body. Tiny, almost nonexistent brown head forms atop the beer that quickly fades to a small ring around the glass. The aroma is strong roasted barley & prunes at first, then shows light roasted coffee, honey, cocoa bean, very light vanilla, and roasted chocolate. The initial taste hits the palate with multiple sensations: a short burst of carbonation, a short burst of bitter hops, a barely perceptable alcohol burn in the nose (though not in the mouth), and then it quickly turns to the dark roasted flavors. Dark roasted barley, burnt chocolate, chewy caramel, prunes, figs, vanilla bean, cocoa, and a bit of sticky, resinous citrus hops come through sometimes. Finishes with bitterness from both the hops and dark roasted malts, flavors of chalky roasted coffee and extended roasted barley. Full bodied, medium carbonated, sticky & silky on the palate, this one does a nice job of hiding the 10% abv.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Juelze (1137) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2006
Pours a dark black color that has a thick, dark tan head that is very frothy. Abundant amount of lacing. Aroma is very malty with chocolate, dark fruit and a bit of coffee. Taste doesnít have as much malt as the aroma leads you to believe but itís there. This is a very sweet stout with a bit of choclate, dark fruit and cherry. and a pleasant amount of coffee in the finish. Alcohol is present but not harsh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Bottle. I think itís time to take a break from imperial stouts. Theyíre starting to blend together. This one is a pretty run of mill impy. Very smooth, very alcohol-y, very malty and very sweet. It has the rum alcohol burn in the nose, followed by a cloying sweetness. Sweet and alcohol saturated in the mouth. Too much so, if you ask me. Not as roasty or bitter as Iíd like. Itís like a rum-soaked chocolate covered cherry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 27, 2006
24.07.06 12oz bottle at NYRBG, Belgian Room. Itís a pretty beer for an imperial stout. Roasty and rummy flavors are such that Iíd have guessed baltic porter as the body is comparably soft and carbonated. I really have little idea what the difference is half the time between the two styles anyway. Sweet and especially fruity stuff shows notes of dried blueberries, prunes, and figs. Boozy throughout and lingering beyond. Soft and fairly thick bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2073) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2006
Bottle from Sean (illinismitty) Thanks! Dark brownish black colored pour with a small brown head. Smell is coffee, chocolate, malts, and some hops. Taste ,very similar with a nice coffee presence. Almost like drinking a very rich, very pleasing cup of coffee. Alcohol is not detected in this one. A little sweet, but I do not mind, its still very nice. A good choice for an after dinner drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2356) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Thin dense dark brown head of fine bubbles. Minimal carbonation. Rich aroma with candy sugar, dark roasted malts, molasses and a bit of raisin. Color is black with a hint of red around the edges. Wow is this stuff smooth. Loads of roasted malts, coffee, prunes and a hint of licorice. Nice alcohol warming. Thick and full bodied. Relatively clean finish but with a little alcohol burn and licorice. A very good imperial stout. This may not be as complex as some of the others but is still quite tasty. Thanks to nolankowal for this "bonus" brew.

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