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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (759) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2013 Growler from the brewery. Pours inky dark brown with thin oily mocha head. Aroma is big roasty malts and a slight hint of coffee. Chocolate malts shine through, along with a substantial hop presence. Finish is a little harsh - heavily bitter with some funky notes. Nice thick body but the balance is a bit off here. Would do well with some barrel aging to smooth out these flavors. Now I just need to get my hands on some Kentucky Dark Star... Update: revisiting on nitro @ the brewery 1 year later. Thick mocha (nitro) head. Chocolate and coffee notes much more prominent here. Balance is dialed too. This is an excellent Imperial Stout. Revising rating to reflect improvement (went from a 3.5 to a 4)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikedR (1346) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Nice. 2014 version at 11% is a bit boozy. Bit too much bourbon flavor too -- a bit lopsided.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Niall73 (1869) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2014
Tap at the brewery. Pours a very dark brown/black with a creamy light tan head. Light coffee, light soy, treacle aroma. Medium to full body, light carbonation. Smooth and creamy with light soy, toffee, chocolate, vanilla, coke, lemon... Very little trace of booziness, it’s so easy to knock back. Really well balanced. Very tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6154) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle: near opapue with a small fading head. Lovely macadamia nut, wheat bread, chocolate covered raisin, herbal and flowery vapours. Twangy and nutty with lush sweet malts. Oily and smooth. Fun beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2525) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Sampler at brewery. I had this 3 years ago in a sampler as well. If memory is correct it remains similar and good. Very dark brown but looks a bit black. Tan head. For an "imperial" its rather easy. Aroma is nice roast with no harsh roast coming through. Fumey clean unsweet brownie as well. Very clean and relatively light palate with only mild acidity at the end of the flavor, blends with a mineral like, lightly spritzy finish. Flavor is low roast, clean unsweet brown malts. Very nice, softness of oatmeal is felt throughout. My hope is for even a less harsh finish with the mineral and acidity all at the end.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThirstyBird (1706) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - JUL 6, 2014
Pours a very dark brown/black with a dark tan head. The smell is dark malt, licorice, bourbon. The taste is big chocolate, bourbon, vanilla. The body is medium/full silly smooth with fine carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxwelldeux (3802) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Draught. Pours a near black color with a moderate tan head on it. Nose is quite roasty with a fair amount of oats coming off it, and implying a slightly creamy sweetness as well. Taste was sweet with slight bits of vanilla in there for me, and roasty throughout. Nice and very smooth taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2488) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2014
On tap at the brewery. Nitro!!!! Dark brown pour with light brown head. Dark roasted malt aromas. So smooth and creamy with dark roasted malts, oatmeal, and dark chocolate highlights. I know there’s no lactose, but the nitro tap just makes it so damn creamy. Very good...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Davhgbrew (945) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Dark roasted and chocolate along with alcohol. Dry and not too sweet with bitter chocolate. Awesome brew. Alc content is noticeable but by no means overbearing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3365) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 24, 2013
not so sweet, lots of oatmeal roasted malt, med body alcohol well hidden. Very smooth silky. Excellent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2100) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Dark brown with a brown head. Nice oatmeal and roasted hop profile, some bittersweet chocolate. Moderate+ carbonation, moderate body, becomes more bitter as it goes through the palate, easy to drink and reasonably well balanced.

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