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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
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This Imperial Stout is about drawing a line in the sand. It has a consistency similar to 5W-30. Adventurous tattoo artists have used it in place of ink. If left outside during winter, it won’t freeze, even in Minnesota. Beneath the dark exterior, a swirling ambush of coffee and chocolate flavors await, held up by a decadent malt backbone. Like its namesake, The Worthy Adversary’s movements are mysterious. Be wary–it could strike anywhere, any time.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBeforeH20 (126) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Rich dark pour with a very dark khaki head that dissipates quickly. Big bold aroma of coffee, chocolate, fruit, and alcohol. Taste and feel is kind of a let down for me, this beer is overly sweet and sticky to me, it has good qualities but when stacked up with other imperials it just isn’t where it should be.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
islay (887) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2013
2013 edition. Approximately 8 oz. pour, on tap at McCoy’s in St. Louis Park, MN. Consumed on 12-8-13. Pours dark brown / near black with a small amount of long-lasting, thick, creamy, taupe head. Looks good in the tulip glass. Plum and chocolate in the aroma. Sweet, caramel and brown sugar taste. Some coffee bitterness. Surprisingly sweet aftertaste. Medium to heavy body. Slick and syrupy in the palate. Decent beer in general but subpar in the competitive imperial stout style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malt with peated notes, waxed chocolate and some coffee. Taste is big with dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, soy sauce and salt. Okay.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (4196) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2013
750ml bottle pours an inky black with some thin, beige head. Nose is sugary, cakey, Kahlua, heavy black licorice, molasses. Flavor is very malty, sweet, toasty, licorice, molasses. Slightly hot finish.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2013
murky sepia, thin white wisps. Smokey nose, light anise, bit earthy with some mushroom. Inky flavor, loads of licorice and chocolate, overly sweet through the ultra sticky finish, whole mouth coated.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 30, 2013
75cl bottle, thanks nmann08. Small brown head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, bittersweet chocolate, some alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, some bittersweet chocolate, light alcohol, ash. Sticky medium-full body, low carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4126) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle. Poured a pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted, chocolate and coffee malts, earthy hops. Flavor is malt, bitter chocolates, hops and dark fruits.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Nate, thanks! Exceedingly dark brown color, beige head. Aroma of dark milk chocolate and light booze. Taste is rich burnt coffee and dark cocoa, some licorice and vanilla. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9068) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle shared by nmann. Pours opaque black with a medium, frothy beige head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is roast, chocolate and coffee malt, earthy hops, prunes and figs. Flavor is malt dominant with moderate hops and bitterness with dark fruits and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
markwise (4279) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Bottle from trade with khoffman43. Cheers, Kyle. Pours a stout brown with a tan head. Nose is licorice, earth, roast, baker’s chocolate, anise, and gravel. Flavor is similar- roasty with lots of licorice and earth and a hint of baker’s chocolate. Boozy with medium body and lingering licorice and bitterness on the finish.


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