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RATINGS: 1540   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2014 My Bottom Line:
Ground peanuts and rich chocolate are joined by roasted coffee notes in this healthy, bitter Imperial Stout.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sliver of foam floats atop the blackness.
-Hop bitterness is rather resinous.
-Pumpernickel bread is alluded to.
-Cohesive but powerful, this is a sipper that commands attention. .
-I found this to be quite similar to Smuttynoseís Imperial Stout in terms of flavor profile, intensity and mouthfeel.

On tap at The Reservoir, Waterbury, VT.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 Poured Black and thick. Not a lot of head, but it was dark brown and clung to the side of the glass. Aroma was of the style, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. This was dry, sweet and bitter? It left my mouth watering for more. I KNOW I am serving this a little cold, but, damn, It was-2 degrees this morning, !!! As is warms more complex flavors are coming out. Bitter coffee is strong at the front of the tongue. The full body then turns sweet with an ever so slight bitter/dry finish. I am really enjoying this, if you canít tell. It is so smooth, it could almost be a session brew. If dark brew is for you, trade-drive-cheat-steal to get this one. Mmmmmmmm! This is really Great!!! rerate on 3-22-05 I am completely bewildered by these ratings. This is my favorite Impy. Stout. Get with it people.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2005 A bit sour Balkan, but that sourness was moderated. Smooth and rich to sip. Good appearance and chocolate roast aroma. Whisper of smoke. Medium to full mouthfeel. Good lunch accompaniment. I think you brought it in Wohlfs, so thank you. Second bottle sent by Dr. Jay and not sourness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cdog (32) - Farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Pours dark & thick with only a bit of a brown head. It has a big chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt flavor. Thick, yet very smooth, with nice dry wine finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Pours a very thick, very dark body with a small brown head. Faint aroma of coffee and a bit of sweetness. Flavor is nutty, then chocolate, finished off with a bitter coffee. Alcohol was barely noticeable until I stood up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2011 Pours black with only film for a head. Aroma is caramelized malt with chocolate and coffee. Initial taste is a sweet maltiness that fades to bitter coffee and hops. Very smooth palate/mouthfeel, but lacks complexity for an imperial. Re-rate: I have been doing a little re-rating and this picked up .3 of a point second time around. Had better body, flavor and overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Pours thick black with moderate litht brown head. Oily. Nose is big chocolate, robust and slightly vinous. Flavor is hugely chocolate, coffeeish, raisiny and roasted malt. Thick, yet smooth. Finishes with nice dry bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (4417) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2005 Bottle: Excellent aroma of chocolate, cream, fruit, and black licorice. Pours a very dark brown, virtually black, with a decent size dark brown head that diminishes somewhat quickly. The very first sip is very salty up front and covers up just about any flavor that could be in the initial taste. After that first sip the saltiness really fades and the front is malty with chocolate. Finishes with a strong black coffee presence with black licorice and light chocolate. Leaves a slight bitter aftertaste. Doesnít have the alcohol bite in the finish that I look for in an imperial stout. Still very good though. *****Re-rate. Picked some more of this up to use in a trade and had to try another myself. Much better than the first time I had it. Donít know where that saltiness came from, but nowhere to be found in this one. Much more malty the second time around. Chocolate really stands out the the strong black coffee presence I got the first time has really mellowed. Black licorice is present in the finish. Much better than I remember. Something Iíll have to keep on hand from now on because this is excellent. Old score was 9-4-7-3-15.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (934) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2004
This one year old bottle was personally aged and sent to me by my Secret Santa. The beer poured opaque reddish brown-black with an inch thick brown head. Lacing was solid despite the high strength. The aroma was a blend of roasted and fruity flavors like coffee, chocolate, raisins, and figs. The taste was bitter at first sip with unsweetened espresso flavor being at the forefront. As I let the sip linger on my tongue, chocolate, grapes, toffee, and soy sauce made a brief appearance, before being washed away in the herbal hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was thick, sticky, and smooth. The 10% ABV was not a major detractor from drinkability, except in the mild afterburn in the stomach. Not quite as intense as other American Imperial Stouts that I have sampled, but rather more in line with the English varieties.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Bottle thanks to EddieG. Dark black with a small light brown head. Chocolate malt aroma with a hint of smokiness. Strong roasted malt flavor with molasses and a very bitter finish. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Nicely done.

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