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RATINGS: 75   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 (663) - 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Obfuscate (104) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (3026) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Tasty imperial stout. Mine was aged for a year or so and did real well, it seems. Nice chocolate taste, velvety texture and a good bit of cherry-like fruit. This is a slow sipper for sure but smooth and easy drinking. It’s sweet enough to imply a pleasant thickness but not overly heavy. I am into it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ericular (686) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Pours very dark with lasting brown head leaving great lacing. Aroma is medium roasted coffee and hoppy, nutty oatmeal. Taste is much lighter on the coffee, with moderate roast but the bitterness is more chocolate than coffee. This is relatively sweet for the style; a nice change of pace. Palate is appropriately thick and creamy. For better or worse (mostly better), this is much more approachable and even sessionable(!), rather than the more common heavy, decadent, rich, sipper of an imperial stout. Almost a licorice sweetness. I’m OK with that. Not often you can finish a double digit ABV in a matter of minutes. That said, there’s just something intangible that keeps it from becoming top-notch for me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9553) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle... Pours clear and nearly black with a small, creamy, off-white head. Gone in a flash. The rich aroma reveals roasted nuts, mocha and brownie brittle. Full-bodied and silky with tingly carbonation. The flavor is a finely balanced blend of blackstrap molasses and caramel sweetness, and charcoal, espresso and ashy bitterness. Also, a nice hint of caramel. Finishes scorched, bitter and tongue-numbing. Really nice beer. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (4744) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2014
Bottle@HWT’14: Served in a taster: Medium sized light brown head. Black colored beer. Aromas of roast, oatmeal, chocolate, dark chocolats, cacoa, light soy, light coffee. Flavours of chocolate, dark chocolate, cacoa, sweet coal, roast, bitters and sweets almost equal, herbal roast and malt roast. Aftertaste is good bitter, roast, herbal roast, chocolate, light coffee and light soy. Low carbo, creamy close to silky mouthfeel, fuller bodied and a creamy oily texture.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (8986) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2014
Bottle [from trade with mista] shared with Countbeer. Opaque black color, medium sized beige to light brown head that lasts for a decent while. Aroma is malts, raisins, dark chocolate, roasted malts. Taste malts, roasted malts, a lot of dark chocolate, chocolate bitter, a hint of raisins, a hint of alcohol, liquorice, bitter. Oily texture, full body, medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (3518) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours opaque black, medium creamy deep brown head, dissipates fairly slowly, nice lacing. Aroma is roasty, cocoa, molasses, ash. Flavor is medium sweet, medium bitter, anise, cocoa, ashes. Full body, creamy mouthfee. Pretty solid.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiveacestx (635) - Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle - Pours dark with a cola colored head. Nice chocolate mocha aroma and taste. The mouthfeel is thick and *good*! I like this beer!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eruizgarcia (225) - - MAY 15, 2014
Very dark pour, small head. Intense chocolate and yeast aroma, sweet and bright, nice oily palate. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnymusky (304) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2014 Poured from 2012 bomber received from jon the regular...thx man!....poured black with light head....minimal lacing....nose is dark berries and chocolate...taste is the same...this is a very tasty beer....reminds me of eating dark chocolate with cherries inside...alcohol hidden very very well!...yum!...this beer is one of those that you buy a 4 pack and cellar one bottle for a year or two...i can honestly say that after trying a 2014 vintage tonight that this one ages beautifully.


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