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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Tasted on Tap at 2005 OBF. Dark black color. Small sized tan foamy head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee and a touch of vanilla. A medium bodied Russian Imperial Stout. Malts are chocolate, coffee and roasty malts. Slightly bitter hops. Nice roasty flavors. Little milder than expected for a RIS. Good drinking stout. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Maybe the first time Full Sail has failed to meet expectations, though they are pretty high expectations. Aroma is roasted chocolate, which didnít compete well with the other chocolate brews at OBF. Appearance is nice and dark, with some red streaks in it, as well as a nice coppery head. Flavor is a bit too much alcohol for the palate, making it a bit harsh. Mouthfeel is very creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11805) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2005
(draft) Creamy tan head atop a body that is black with red highlights. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, coffee, some roasty. Taste is rich, moderately sweet, chocolate, roasty, light cherry, with a bit of alcohol burn in the swallow. Full creamy body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slimweebs (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 5, 2005
This beer lokos great, with a very dark color and copper colored head. The palate is a little thin for a big dark beer like this, but the flavor is very heavy. The flavors of this beer are very nice, except for the fortified alcohol taste. It tasted buttery and roasty at first, and then turned into fortified alcohol taste that ruined the whole beer. I wouldnít order this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Draught @ Pilsner Room. I really enjoyed this beer. I was served a full 16oz of this stuff in a pint glass, and it was way too cold. I warmed it in my hands from about 10 mins. Much more approachable than some of the big Impy Stouts. Very black, thin tan frosting. Aroma was bitter chocolate, mild roasty, and a lingering hoppiness. Thinner than most Impys but still very satisfying with a little kick at the end. Nicely rounded beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 17, 2005
Bomber bottle. Pours dark brown with reddish highlights when held to light and a nice tannish head. Aroma features lots of roasty malts, espresso, bitter chocolate, sour milk and floral hops. Flavor is all of the above from the aroma, with a little charcoal roastiness and a somewhat overpowering floral aftertaste. Medium to full body and cream carbonaton. This doesnít compare to the best of the class, but itís not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 11, 2005
22oz bottle. Surprise, I actually enjoyed this one. dark color, decent brown head, no lace. Aroma very similiar to coffee. And it drnks with coffee intensity as well... body is decent, a bit light for a big stout maybe, but still full. Chocolate and hints of liquorice round out the beer. the finish is a bit thin. This isnít really in the league as far as world class RIS...but it made me think that maybe Full Sail MIGHT produce a truly good beer at some point! This one is almost close.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Tap at brewery. Deep brown in color, very nearly black. A tan head barely forms, quickly leaves and there is no lacing left behind. Bery big coffee aroma, a touch of chocolate. Bedium bodied and low in carbonation. Very coffee in flavor, roasted grain with nice hop bitterness backing it all up. Solid IS, needs more body and complexity to bring it in to contention with the big boys.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Thanks to SNOB for the bottle. Medium sized dark tan foamy head. Slightly phenolic aroma with slight alcohol and banana undertones. Some roastiness, with a clashing hop spiciness. Alcohol and residual spicy hop character dominate the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mybrainhurts (370) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 28, 2005
Almost black pour with some red tints on the sides of the glass. Roasty, alcoholic nose. Roasted malts, plums, and pepper. Very dry and acidic finish. A tangy and roasty imp stout. Not bad.

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