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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (4992) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Thanks to Eugene for sharing - dark ruby, nearly black, with a soapy lace - aroma is moderate roast, chocolate pudding, coffee - flavor is medium dry, with sharp, almost astringent roast - moderate acidity - some bittersweet chocolate - finish has some ash/char - I want to like it a lot more than I do.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (3077) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Opaque dark brown appearance. Thick foamy head. Aroma of alcohol, roasted grain, and a bit of mint. Fresh and crisp, not at all dry but rich with chocolate and licorice.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlinn (141) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Aroma doesnt do this beer justice. A bit sweet on the nose but finishes with a nice, warm roasty flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (9450) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Bottle @ Dans house, courtesy of jcnielsen. Thanks Justin! Deep brown appearance with a brown head. Roasty chocolate malty, earthy, somewhat piney hoppy, fairly herbal, a bit minty aroma. Thick dark chocolate malty, rich cocoa, somewhat smoky, a bit burnt, somewhat earthy/piney flavor. Quite a bit going on and pretty tasty.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (6417) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, thanks Aaron! Dark black pour with thin tan head, aroma has notes of caramel, toffee, anise, sour fruits, hints of dark fruits, some slight grainy notes. Taste is some mineral notes, chocolate, caramel, some licorice, dark fruits, hints of sour grain, sour acidic malts, finishing fairly bitter but dry.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Bottle courtesy of ygtbsm94. Served in a sampler glass. Pours near black with a short receding head. The nose has pretty heavy roast along with faint notes of chocolate. Flavor is also roasty and just a touch ashy. Fairly bitter as well, though in a way that doesnt quite work with the stout. Medium body. Not a huge fan of this one; Id much prefer Backus if I could get it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Thanks to Aaron for bringing this back from KS to me. Pours rich and dark with a frothy brown head that quickly recedes to a thin film. Nose is roasted coffee, chocolate, wood, hay and leather. Taste is bitter for the most part with a good malt backbone to give some sweet balance. The mouthfeel is crisp and oily. With a heavy body the aftertaste is long. Great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm5561 (118) - Kansas City, Alabama, USA - APR 30, 2012
Pours black with little beige head. Light roasted malt aroma with some coffee like notes. Flavor is roasted malt with hint of chocolate. Hops arent prominent but provide balance so its not too sweet. Light carbonation, nice mouthfeel, full but not to heavy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomas15 (689) - USA - MAR 23, 2012
fait chocolate and roast with fresh sweet hops in aroma.black and murky with little head that leave s little lacing. head is slight brown. full body equal parts roast and chocolate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - MAR 5, 2012
UPDATED: APR 27, 2012 Smells like chocolate and coffee. Pours black with a tiny tan head. Hoppy and sweet taste with a hint of chocolate and coffee. Can?t tell it has such a high ABV. My favorite Free State beer.


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