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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2006
A deep red beer with a fast dying light brown head. The aroma is sweet alcoholic and malty, combined with notes of chocolate. The flavor is sweet malty with primary notes of chocolate, leading to a dry end.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2007
(Draught) Pours a black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and toasted marshmallow. Flavor of chocolate, vanilla and some dark fruit.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11181) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2008 Date: 03/04/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

black, thin fine brown head that can be easily revived, sweet bourbon aroma, rich bourbon flavor with lots of sweet vanilla, a bit fumey
-------- /> Date: 04/29/2006
Source: tasting

picking up a lot of rich chocolate flavor to balance out the bourbon,
-------- /> Date: 05/20/2006
Source: tasting

lots of sweet vanilla in the aroma, nice ripe dark fruit character,
-------- /> Date: 09/21/2006
Mode: bottle

tons of hot bourbon flavor in the first sip, all the sweet vanilla and chocolate from prior samples but over shadowed by the bourbon this time around, the bourbon never slows but the rest almost catch up, a bit of bitterness from the oak
-------- /> Date: 03/22/2008
Mode: bottle
Vintage: 2006

Aroma: sweet chocolate and bourbon aroma,
Body: creamy body,
Overall: lots of sweet bourbon and vanilla aroma balanced with rich chocolate, light bitterness,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***+/4

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (9034) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2006
Bomber poured a translucent reddish black with a small,diminishing brown head. Aromas of molasses, coffee, bakers chocolate and some dark fruit. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of coffee, roasted malt, bitter chocolate and a faint hint of licorice with a slightly astringent, dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2010
Pours black with a big soapy head. Spider webs of lace. Roasty aromas, bold taste, mostly coffee. A bit astringent.Decent enough RIS, thanks Radek.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 22oz bottle, sampled at camp after a bomber of Stone RIS 2005. Body is initially thin, but by the end of the bottle I was digging this one. It seemed more thick that at first, which had some light, dry malts, some cream and some very light dark woody fruit flavors. These dark fruit (plum, black cherries, etc) opened up a lot when it warmed: leaving me with a thick, rich and sweet dark chocolate, raspberry seed, black cherry and oak concoction. But still this imperial stout remains just below the level of being really good. My impressions are mixed, because at first it seems like a mid or high 2, but by the end I could almost give it a 4 or above. I will definitely rerate, but wait until the entire bottle is at a good temperature before I begin. I should also take this moment to bitch a litle bit, because Full Sail has the capacity, creativity and talent to brew a top 10 imperial stout if they wanted to, but their direction is more mass marketed, outside of the Boardhead, which has a loyal following in Oregon.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (7243) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2006
Sampled at the Odds and Ends Tasting on 8/16/06 (2005 Bottle): Jet black color with a thick light brown head with good retention. Nice rings of lacing. Big roasted malt aroma, with caramel and dark fruit in the background. Full body with a pleasant roasted character. Malt, caramel and chocolate flavors are balanced by an underlying coffee bitterness. The finish is dry and mildly bitter coffee and hops. I would definitely like to try this again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Nearly opaque very dark brown body has a lightly-lacing tan head. Aroma is sweet, caramely and dark fruity with a hint of roastiness. Starts with rich, sweet caramel maltiness and some dark fruit. Finish has a strong roasty, almost ashy presence. Decent balance and complexity, but could lose some of its nearly burnt finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (6352) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Today me and my friend did a side by side of this an BCS. Pours pitch black with hints of brownish reddish edges. Has a pretty active caramel colored head that rises to the top of my Duvel glass. Has a good bourbon oak scent, not as intese as the BCS but good nonetheless. There are also hints of molasses and vanilla. The mouthfeel isn’t as thick as others but the flavors are the standard, nice oak and bourbon flavors mix with layers of malt and chocolate bitterness. I have a cut on my lip and it is burning from this alcohol, though the alcohol doesn’t make a huge presence in the flavor. This is a great ass barrel aged stout, may not be the pinnacle of the style but it is worthy if you can get ahold of it. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-14-2009 03:45:59


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