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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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.


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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bookman10 (689) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Not bad. Pours a thick, dark black with a rather short-lasting, mid-sized, tan head. Aroma is dominated by licorice and alcohol. Flavor is pretty sweet, with the aforementioned licorice, some chocolate and coffee. Not as boozy tasting as some of these high-alcohol stouts. Mouthfeel a bit on the thin side for an imperial stout. But this is a very worthy beer, on the whole.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vandc01 (140) - North Branch, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Poured from a 750ml bottle - aged a while because it has been sitting in my fridge for a long time. Aroma - Dark chocolote - roasty coffee flavors - nice! Appearance - Jet Black pour with a nice creamy head. Taste - thick creamy - hints of booziness...and very nice. Very nice beer - would definitely have again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2667) - Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a brown head. Roasted malt aromas. Nice dark roasted malt notes with licorice and bitter chocolate undercurrents. Good body and mouthfeel. A solid imperial stout.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
weihenweizen (1943) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Refrigerated 12 oz. bottle poured into a glass. Black with small beige head. Aroma is dark malt, medium body, medium carbonation, and good small-bubble lacing. Taste is dark malt, roasty, some herbal hops, and bitter dry finish.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
sthlm (1240) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2015
[Bottle] Pours dark brown with a small head. Aroma is weird and not particularly pleasant. Anise and vegetal character with some nuttiness (hazelnut?). Taste is sweet with little hop bitterness to balance it. Anise, char, and smoke. Acrid char is way too dominant, and the alcohol really stands out. Chocolate and metallic notes come and go after letting it sit for awhile. Medium-thin, but smooth. Kind of a strange, and not particularly enjoyable, imperial stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3862) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 9, 2015
12 ounce bottle. Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and hints of vanilla. Very tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davey101 (716) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Nose is roast, fudgey chocolate, light coffee grinds and vanilla. Taste is a nice balance of sweet rich chocolate and lightly bitter roast. Touch of caramel and coffee. Creamy and full. Just a really solid Russian imperial leaning on the sweet side.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
benfergy (224) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Pours as a very thick dark brown beer. The aroma has notes of chocolate-ish malt. The taste is lightly sweet, with a tiny bitterness. The palate has great consistency and has a strong body. Great beer; in fact it may be getting me more interested in stouts.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
edgallow (2499) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 5, 2015
12 oz draft pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and some vanilla. Taste is malts, coffee and chocolate.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
musinj6 (434) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Pours a dark black with tan head 1 finger head with moderate to heavy lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, hint of anise, coffee, hint of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Medium/full bodied with medium to long finish. This is a pretty solid russian imperia.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Obfuscate (176) - Minneapolis, - DEC 23, 2014
Looks like an imperial stout. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, touch of sweetness. Bit warming going down from the alcohol. Bitter in the the aftertaste.


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