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RATINGS: 1665   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, you’re about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Pours inky black with no head. Has a chocolatety-candy aroma and taste with much coffee and a hint of dark toffee. No noticeable heat. Also has a hint of anise. A slight bitterness on the back end paired with a somewhat more present sourness. A very solid beer. I could session this. If by session I mean drink about eight and be completely wasted.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 26, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2006 12 oz bottle via trade with RegallacMc (thanks!). I have been saving this one. Pours out a thick black motor oil looking beer with a small tan head. has a roasted licorice/chocolate/coffee/anise and alcohol aroma. Mmm and all those flavors come out in the taste plus some vanilla and toffee. Medium to full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. This is a well done and drinkable Imp Stout. Bells Expedition is thicker and chiewier, but this is much easier to drink. They each have their place and time. 10% alcohol is well hidden! This is a near perfect balance between sweetness, roastiness and alcohol...very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
virgil23 (14) - Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2006
An outstanding IS. Tastes of coffee, dark fruit, a hint of cherry, and quite earthy. Very good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2006
Bottle. Deep black in color with no head. Roasty licorice aroma. Hoppy notes. Malty and hoppy flavor. Grapey and cherry notes. Medium bodied. Ok.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2006
Motor oil pour with a brown head. Taste is nice, day old espresso with a nice amount of hops tossed in. Black licorice and sour cherry flavors. Nothing to write home about.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2010 Dark black pour with a small, loose, brown head and good lacing. The aroma is a rich, deep blend of espresso and dark chocolate with notes of lush, ripe dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar and graham cracker. Intense espresso flavor with layers of milk chocolate, bakers chocolate, black strap molasses, brown sugar, caramel, dark fruit, and a healthy dose of spicy, piny hops. The mouthfeel is full and creamy with very gentle carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2006
bottle. Aroma: Big coffee aroma with some chocolate notes. Lots of roastiness, dark fruit, some light alcohol, and a touch of smoke. Appearance: Dark, oily black in the pour. Head was dark tan, creamy, and huge. Had to wait several minutes for the foam to die down. Fair lacing. Flavor: Sweet roasted malt, rich coffee, dark chocolate, cherries. Alcohol is well hidden, but more noticeable as it warms. Palate: Full bodied and slick on the tongue. Moderate carbonation. Finish is slightly sweet. Small alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: A good, solid Imperial Stout. Great aroma, great flavor, great mouthfeel.

4.3
   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.

4.1
   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.

4.1
   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.


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