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RATINGS: 1675   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.

   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 (4812) - 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. Doesn’t 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. Don’t 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 I’ll 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 (953) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (2436) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Bottle Pours an extremely thick opaque black with very little head that is a dark brown. Seems to have roughly the viscosity of half and half. Lacing is thin and spotty. Aroma is a sweet molasas and brown sugar with a little smoke and licorice. Flavor is much more bitter and smokey. Some coffee as well. Feel is very rich and smooth. The finish is a charcoal bitter that is right for hte style. Thanks to Secret Santa who ever you are.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Pour is opaque, with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, and espresso. Taste is much like I expected, but some caramel slipped into the background, chocolate and espresso with a hint of alcohol fill the taste. A good beer, just a bit below average for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Dark black, very nice head, deep mocha color with great legs. Nose smoky, bit of raisin. Flavor is of roasts and sharp molasses, some nicotine as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Pitch black thick pour. The head is a rocky mocha affair. Bif sheets of mocha lacing. The aroma is very roasty. The flavor is pretty straight-forward roasted malt and bitter hops. Full rich body. A decent example of the style though maybe a tad simplistic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - NOV 22, 2004
From my 2 samples this brewery’s stouts are excellent. Pitch black with a nice mocha head. Aroma is actually not a huge wallop but rather delicate and subtle, which is a nice change. Flavor is just excellent, molasses, chocolate, almost no coffee in this one which is a good trait for variety’s sake (especially considering the Founders Breakfast Stout is so coffeeish...it’s awesome also btw). Palate is smooth and the 10% is virtually undetectable. This is so good and unbelievably drinkable.

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