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RATINGS: 1537   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - SEP 20, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2008 Pours jet black, with small, creamy, tan head, mostly diminishing. Aroma is chocolate, roasted coffee, molases and vinous. Big roasted flavor, dark bakers chocolate, coffee, molases, figs, prunes and cherries. Finish is long, roasted with a touch tart cherries and warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is creamy, coating and velvety smooth. 9/5/9/4/16 = 4.3

Rerate. 3 year old bottle. 3/11/08. Pitch black body, no head, little apparent carbonation. Roasty, smoky, chocolate nose with dark fruits and brown sugar. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter taste with chocolate, plums, toffee and rum. Full body is sticky and chewy with light carbonation. 8/4/8/4/15 = 3.9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2005 Why isnít this beer in the Top50? Old Rasputin doesnít hold a candle to this stuff. I do remember having last years and thinking it was good, so perhaps the 2005 iteration is simply better. Generally, kicking the alcohol up 2% means improvement to me. Iíll disagree with the label, this beer is much better served at 65 than cellar temp of 55. As it warms, the mocha notes enhance, and Iím left with feeling as though I have dark chocolate and sugarless espresso fudge in my mouth. A rich and velvetly palate aided by the lack of carbonation, which I always find gets in the way of a good imperial stout. On the finish, the alcohol and hops come shining through, leaving one eagerly anticipating the next sip. Incidentally, this makes a phenomenal ice cream float. Updated 10/29.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2005
Pours black with dark brown head. sweet aroma. rich in flavor. chocolate and coffee flavor dominate. very smooth you can taste the alcohol in this one but itís not overwelming. this is a great beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shadey (1849) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Solid black pour with a very thin tan ring of head. Sweet alcoholic aroma mixed with chocolate and btter coffee. Flavor is big and heavy but not very attractive. Sticky and alcoholic. Underwhelmed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Super dense and sweet, like drinking molasses. Quite complex and pleasing on the palate. Smooth, with a dark brown head. Iíd like to try this one again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2005
Huge bitter coffee nose, liquorice, and then some alcohol as it warms. Black, small cappuccino head, leaves an oily, lace. Flavours are roasted coffee, treacle, and liquorice. Completely full bodied, oily, resiny, given the alcohol, this is entirely too quaffable. Majestic! Thank You mds!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ElGaucho (2156) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2013 2/27/13: re-rate. its been some time since ive had this and surprised it took me so long after rating it so high. just as good as my previous rating. 2013 vintage. rich with ateong hop presence which makes this beer. outstanding. 8/5/05: GTM. Nothing outrageously distinguished about the aroma. Milky and rich, yet faint. Relatively small, yet lasting light brown head. Opaque black body. Awesome flavor. Best Imp stout Iíve had. Perfect mouthfeel. Has hops at the back of the tongue. Roasted malt, chalky. Re-rate the appearance. Best of show (yes, better than the Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Thanks to Pailhead for this one. My bottle says 10% ABV, but it is listed at 12% here. Roasty aroma with notes of chocolate. Gloppy black pour. I teased a pinky thin head out of it and it held. Man Founderís stouts are so thick...sweet and creamy in the fore with chocolate, vanilla and whipped cream flavors that transition toward roastiness and finish with an acidic bitterness. Alcohol is present, but not dominate. Fantastic brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2277) - California, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Bar in Boston: pours a jet black body with absolutely no head. By this point I was pretty drunk and turned the bottle upside down in the glass - still no head. Motor oil hello. Aroma is mostly chocolately but also roast and coffee and alcohol. A powerful and enjoyable Imperial stout. It went down very smooth as well. Canít believe it was a 12%er.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2005
Viscous black body with a deep, foamy tan head. Aroma of dark-roasted coffee, marshmallow, and dark semi-sweet chocolate. Rich and lush sweet flavor with balancing roast, creamy malt backing, and pleasant bitterness. Includes a note of bourbon. Thick, rich mouthfeel. This is an excellent imperial stout.

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