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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Noogfest Four-O

Growler, courtesy TBC. Pours a cocoa color, with hazelnut highlights, nice lacing and a tiny liíl head. Aromas of roasted notes and some nuttiness; fairly heavy malt presence. Some alcohol and malts, roasted coffee flavors. Decent hop finish. Smooth, relatively easy to drink. Not a giant imperial stout, just a fairly simple and drinkable beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brentfeesh (1207) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Sampled at Noog4. Growler thanks to BeerCellar. Dark walnut to black in appearance with just wisps of head. Smokey and roasty aroma. The flavor is just like the aroma. Very roasty and toasty grain profile. Any fruit is mearly secondary. Semi-dry medium body. This is very simple for a RIS and I would actually not classify this as a RIS. It is however, very enjoyable for what it is. An easy drinker.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2008 Date: 01/26/2008
Mode: Hand Bottled
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party

Appearance: black, fine tan head, sudsy lace,
Aroma: roasted aroma with sweet dark fruits,
Body: big body,
Flavor: rich roasted and dark chocolate flavor, caramel sweetness brings in some nice dark fruits, lots of balancing bitterness from a blend of the roasted malts and hops, chocolate continues to grow as the sweetness coxes it out,
-------- /> Date: 05/31/2008
Mode: growler
Vintage: 2007
Words: noog

picking up more fruity character balanced by the abundance of roasted

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4420) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Appearance: Pours a black body topped with a skimpy layer of tan-colored bubbles. Smell: Earthy roasted malt aroma with a thin measure of dark chocolate trying to peak through. A few sprigs of spearmint and a touch of citrus. Taste: Heavily roasted malts come across as quite earthy, almost soil-like. Mild dark chocolatey sweetness. Hint of mint. Earthy, herbal bitterness. Finishes roast and bitter. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: Just okay, not great.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - DEC 27, 2007
On tap at the brewpub. Pour almost black with just a touch of a garnet halo when held to light. The head is substantial, sticky, and creamy, on the pour, diminishing to thin skin that leaves behind creamy lace. The nose is fairly muted for an impy: dark roasted malt, chocolate and faint coffee, but the mouthfeel is anything but tame. Full-bodied and creamy-soft with a roasted and fairly bitter, hopped finish. Dark roasted, light caramel and chocolate malts dominate the flavor up front, transitioning to a dry, earthy, hop bite that asserts its presence at the finish. This is a very nice, full-bodied stout, but as far as impy stouts go, itís not nearly as complex or interesting as many others that Iíve sampled. It also carries the distinct misfortune of being overshadowed by an older sibling that is significantly better in pretty much every respect (Owd Macís). If I found this at just about any other brewpub, I would consider it a significant discovery.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Hand bottled sample courtesy of footbalm (thanks!). Ratebeer rating # 2,800. Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized light tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, burnt malts, and Iím getting some pine in there. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, some dark fruits, and light caramel. Tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2006
Unsolicited beer at the Milwaukee YeHA thanks to the uncomparable footbalm! Poured a very deep brown with a short residual caramel head. Nose was of deeply-roasted dark chocolate with mild coffee.. a little light, without much hop presence coming through. Very much enjoyed the flavor... deeply-roasted bakerís chocolate and espresso beans with hints of prune and licorice.. very complex with a rich chocolate and dark fruity finish (had some less pleasant sour notes, too). Rather light-bodied for the style but maintained a full flavor.. a little sharp at times. Overall a very good brew. Thanks Eric!

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 canít 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 cafť crŤme 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 (3095) - 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 Iíve 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. Itís not the best Imperial Stout Iíve 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 (3341) - 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 donít know if Iíd really call it an Imperial Stout...


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