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RATINGS: 426   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 43   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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This thick, rich ale was brewed with plenty of caramel and roasted malts, and subtly spiced with American Chinook and Willamette hops. It boasts flavors of chocolate and coffee, along with raisins and dried fruit soaked in sherry. We’ve accentuated the natural smokiness of the brew by adding a small amount of beechwood-smoked malt and aging the brew in an oak whiskey barrel, which also adds notes of oak and vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UDBeernut (1915) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Pours coca cola black, khaki head that is thin. Roasted black malt, licorice. Some pine. Thin bodhi.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2014
Robust heavy roasted malts, coffee, bitter sweet chocolate and baking cocoa. Lots of barley and hints of smoked hay and subtle presence of cigar smoke. Nice prickly carbonation but the body was on the thin side. Overall stellar RIS.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (2489) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2014
Sampled at Boise’s Imperial Stout get together, over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2856) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Teeny tiny taster at Standard Market. Still offers a great nose of dark roast malts, and a bit dryness from oak aging. Yet, this is not highly "roasty" or astringent. A bit of smoke and oak tannin, yes, but instead it just adds to the dry finish, and disguises the alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Fr0m the b0ttle: This had a dark br0wn b0dy, nearly black, with s0me mah0gany ar0und the edges. The slender c0c0a head rapidly reduced int0 a film. It had an ar0ma 0f lic0rice, a bit 0f dark ch0c0late, s0me c0ffee gr0unds, ash, and alc0h0l. It seemed a bit light 0n the flav0r side, but what was there was tasty, having the additi0n 0f raisins and dried plums. G00d, but f0r s0me reas0n, it didn’t excite me much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (2737) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2014
Draft at Grand Targhee. Pours very dark brown with a frothy light brown head. Tastes sweet and strong, boozy with some coffee bitterness smooth and creamy. Light/medium body and carbonation. Smells like sweet syrup and bittersweet chocolate, with malty, roasted grains in the background.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuedmaster (285) - Vista, California, USA - FEB 25, 2014
This is some serious brew. Well designed bottle and label with charcoal gray foil. Pour into a snifter, midnight black with a thick khaki head that lasts and leaves lacing. Aroma of bourbon whiskey barrel, smoke, cherry, molasses, chocolate, and raisins. Very lively flavor that dances on the tongue, medium sweet and light bitter. Well balanced flavor, with coffee and vanilla accents. Palate is full bodied, thick texture, soft carbonation, long, complex finish. Would get again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2363) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Dark black color with virtually none head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, burnt, dark chocolate, light vanilla, english licorice. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily / creamy, carbonation is soft to flat. Very nice and easy to drink

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dragonfly1 (498) - Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Bakersfield. Draft, rich espresso-like black with creamy tan head. This was sweet, rich, and smooth, all the while having multiple layers of complexity, with roasted grain, light pine, and black licorice all blending very well together. I liked how the flavors in this can be recognizable yet subtle at the same time. Nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scipio (740) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Pours black with a medium tan head. The aroma is dominated with raisin and licorice. There are elements of chocolate and hints of coffee, but these are mostly complimentary. I find some light cherry as well. The taste is very well balanced. It brings out more of the chocolate and coffee to go along with some fruitiness. I do still detect lesser impressions of raisin. The fruit brings out some slight tartness. This is medium to full in body. It has a thicker yet slick texture, with some minor carbonation that is typical for this style. This is good stuff. It isn’t the best, but you would be happy to drink it.

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