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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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Honoring our favorite local blacksmith, this flavorful Stout is a selected mix of ten malts and five hop varieties. Imperial Stout was a key British export in the Baltic trade that elevated art and industry in Russia and England during the 18th Century. Celebrate craftsmanship and raise a glass to broader flavor horizons.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Opaque and inky chocolate brown in color with a deep, dark and dirty tan head. Concord grapes and black currant steal the aromatic show. Some fudgie chocolate comes through, but the grape flow can’t be trumped. Bittersweet chocolate comes out of the gates first for flavor. Dry tongue stop and dark chocolate candies make their presences known. Instinctive black currant maintains a subconscious continuity of chocolate fudge ripples ripening throughout. Medium-to-fuller bodied with wholesome espresso coolers and milky café crème testimonies ensuing. Dry, dark chocolate finish melds fairly well with the broiled, bittersweet flavors.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3245) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Milwaukee YeHA! 2006

Thanks to footbalm for sending this down for the tasting. There were actually two bottles and some even managed to make it to the end of the night. If only I had a little more room in my stomach I would have finished it off. It is not the best imperial stout I’ve had but it is very solid in all aspects. Yet another reason to visit Free State (about the only reason for stopping in Kansas).

Aroma / Appearance - The hoppy sweet nose was also malty. It poured with very little head but a nice black body. Overall it was hard to pin down exactly what was going on but it was a nice aroma.

Flavor / Palate - Coffee, expresso and granite form an unusual mouthfeel. It tastes a bit like smoky asphalt. It felt a little on the thin and watery side but there was still some life to it. It’s not the best Imperial Stout I’ve had but it is also far from the worst.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Thanks to footbalm for sending this to our tasting!!! The beer pours to a really dark ruby body with a thin creamy offwhite head. The aroma is nice. A light peat malt with some chocolate malts and sweet wet hops. The flavor is lightly peaty with nice light chocolates. Very distinct. Nice hops and malts used in this. I don’t know if I’d really call it an Imperial Stout...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hezron (611) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2006 Hand bottled from footbalm, sent to our tasting...you rock. Sweet and hoppy aroma...lots of pine and chocolate, fruity apples, etc... nice. Dark, dark black in color with a thin head. Sweet and hoppy...like an IPA stout. Sweet, grapefruit, pineapple. Medium palate, fairly creamy. I like fresh, hoppy imperial stouts. It is very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (10774) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Growler received from tjthresh, thanks Tom. Pours black, near opaque, rubied, with an average frothy light brown head that mostly diminishes. Aroma is moderate malt (chocolate, cookie, burnt), heavy hop (perfume, herbs, flowers) and light yeast (earth, broth). Heavy hoppiness, light sweetness and moderate maltiness to start, heavy hop finish, low malt and yeast, alcohol and an average duration. Dark bodied, oily and fizzy palate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Tap; pours deep black with dark tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, molasses, coffee, very nice flavor with clean finish. From the aroma you would expect this to be a more complex beer, but may be due to serving colder than expected. Overall a nice beer, and would have probably been better if allowed to warm up a bit.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KUEric (889) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 30, 2006
On Tap: Pours a deep dark color. With a darker than most heads, however minimal it was. Aroma was a bit mild, some roasted/toasted cerals/grains, hops, wheat, molasas, coffee, raisins, chocolate. The flavor was full but it was kind of all at once. So despite having so many different flavors I felt like it wasn’t complex. Doesnt make sense I know, but thats how I viewed it.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2006
Yeah good stuff. The aroma never really came around. Caught some hops and roast, but it was served too cold and I didn’t have time to wait. The apperance way mostly black with some mahahony highlights. Rich brown head. Lots of hops. Really bitter and a nice hop flavor outshines the roasted chocolate covered esspresso bean raisin flavors. Very rich on the palate. I really liked it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9165) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2006
Barrel Draught from the jug at the Colorado Convention Center 30/09/2005 Black strong in alcohol and rich on the palate. Bitter slight roast finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 4, 2005
GABF- Black with brown head. Med. Body. Aroma is slightly minty with no hops and very little malt or chocolate. Thin body. Minty hops in the flavor really take away from the malt of the beer. No bitterness.


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