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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
keith0718 (434) - Kansas, USA - JAN 26, 2011
A great imperial stout. Tastes close to Rasputin, but quite a bit mellower (less bite). The malt is nice without being overwhelmingly thick/sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3716) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Draught in Lawrence. Nice dark brown pour with a nice khaki head and lacing. Pretty hoppy aroma balanced with roasted malt. Green hops in the flavor at first then finishes with coffee. Nice and not overpowering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8024) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2010
Growler courtesy of mreusch, thanks Matt! Pours dark mahogany with ruby edges and thin tan head. The aroma is a bit mild with some roast, some chocolate notes and a touch of caramel and toffee. As it warms a pleasing thin layer of earthiness is noticed. The taste is pretty darn smooth and near creamy at times bringing in notes of dark roasted malts and then moving into a nice mix of black licorice, chocolate and earthiness. The more I drink this the more I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
markwise (5135) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2010
Thanks to the TampaCrew for sharing this one. Pours brown with an off-white head. Nose is roast, hops, pine, bitter, spice, and slight chocolate. Flavor is similar with a bit of lingering pine. Medium body and pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2009
On tap at Free State for the 20th anniversary. Pours a very dark brown, almost black body with a nice, thick and creamy, milk chocolate head that dissipates slowly and remains nicely laced. Solid aroma of creamy roasts and coffee, light milky chocolate, and some citrus hop backing. Flavor is similar, but has a slightly sour dark-fruitiness to it. Prunes and figs. Very earthy with lots of roasted malts and milk chocolate with a nice balance of citrus hops. Aftertaste is milky with a subtle roasty bitterness that lingers for a decent amount of time. Palate is pretty thin, but very creamy and milky. Overall, another impressive beer from Free State. Pretty straightforward Imp Stout, but I really do like the "milkiness" that this beer provides. Its very light, but has enough flavor to go around. Solid brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Growler from beastiefan2k. Lightish pour. Huge coffee aroma accentuated by hop bitterness. Sharp chocolate, coffee, and hops in the flavor. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (3371) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Shaker pour at the brewpub. Comes to me with a stick and large brown head atop of a black body. Aroma is hoppy (green, vine-y hops)/ with some slick prune. Taste is a lot more slick with prune, tobacco and some bitter green hops at the end. The aroma is less interesting with straight hoppiness mainly but better, richer aspects in the flavor. Has a thicker, lightly viscous mouthfeel that goes well with the rest of the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (7476) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2009
22 hand-bottle. Thanks, BVC! Jet black with a big, rocky tan head. Light lacing. Big roasty nose with plenty of coffee, hocolate, and booze. Creamy medium body. Chocolately mid-palate with a mild finish. A bit understated and lacking in complexity, more like a milk stout. Still, very drinkable and pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3806) - Kansas, USA - JAN 7, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2009 22 oz hand bottle filled for me by csbosox. This was filled from a keg Chris purchased from the brewery Jan / Feb 2008 that Chris had stored. Pour is deep brown black with a well formed 3 inch khaki head. Head turns rocky than falls with some nice lacing. Pretty beer. Aroma of grainy malt, some espresso roast a bit of dark chocolate. Taste is the dark roast, nice coffee notes and a a nice cane sugar / caramel sweetness. The roast starts, with the sweetness finishing. This is really nice, reminds me more of a Foreign stout than an imperial, but regardless, quite nice. Finish has some nice bitterness on top of the sweetness. The palate is medium, drinkable for this size of a beer. Thanks a ton for filling this one up for me Chris.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5288) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Growler at Noogfest ’08. The body was black with a yellowish head. The aroma was milk chocoalte with coffee and soybeans. The taste was chocolate and coffee. This was also slightly bitter. A nice stout.

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