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RATINGS: 440   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 43   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5697) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Poured an opaque black color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted, burnt coffee, malts, with some smoke, and faint dark chocolate. Taste of smoke, strong roasty, cocoa, tobacco, vanilla bean, and a bit of alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (10285) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2008
1 liter, black waxed, flip top bottle acquired in trade with jake65 (thanks!).. Nov 2007 vintage. Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of roast, nuts, coffee, chocolate, caramel, and light dark fruits. Tastes of caramel, dark fruits (raisins and plums), coffee, and roast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 26, 2008
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this. Pours a deep black with a small bubbly tan head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, dark fruits, tobacco, light caramel and light alcohol. Flavor of coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, light nuts, some smoke, a touch of alcohol and

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 20, 2008
Bottle @ ORL throwdown, courtesy of redlight. Pours pitch black with a thin tan head that fades away pretty fast. Roasty and chocolate and some nice caramel malts both in the aroma and the flavor. Nice bitter finish, some astringent roast evident in finish as well. Seemed a little thin, but smooth drinking. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2008
Bottle shared at yeast fest. 97 outside and we’re drinking a stout?! Pours a black body with a dim tan head. Sweet chocolate vanilla and creaminess escape the glass. A chalky vanilla and sweet chocolate enter your mouth. A nice chocolate but roasty coffe with a mild bitter vanilla finish. Solid offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Courtesy redlight. Pours pitch black, with a small off white head. Smells of some dark roasty malts, light chocolate, and traces of vanilla beans as well. The mouthfeel has a syrupy texture to it, pretty thick and oily, with alot of toasted malt and burnt chocolate characters throughout. Pretty darn good imperial stout. Not mind blowing, but no real noticeable flaws. Just solid as hell.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2890) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Found this in my yard the morning after a tasting. I think it came from Redlight. The swing top kept it a little fresh, so lets rate! Pours inky black with no head. Huge chocolate nose with hints of bourbon. Thick and chocolaty taste. Vanilla and coffee, too. Very smooth taste and it held up well over night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DietPepsican (1560) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAY 12, 2008
black pour with a tan head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Flavor had a lot of chocolate and coffee as well, some caramel and vanilla. Finishes very smooth, easy to drink. I wondered why this was so thin. 7.5% huh? I didn’t catch any of the barrel aging in this. I might have to revisit this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiffanya (45) - Federal Way, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2008
Thanks to BH for the sample! I’m looking forward to this beer becoming available in Washington State. A little sweeter than your average Imperial Stout, which means it is more toward my liking. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate with notes of sour dark fruit. Semi-dry and ashy-chalky. Notes of spice. Went down really easy. Wax-coated flip-top is a bit of a bear to open; be careful with your knives! ;-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 29, 2008
Bottle picked up in Hayden. Thick creamy cocoa head. Dark fruit aroma with chocolate and molasses. flavour is chocolate, raisin and alcohol. Body is somewhat soft and delicate. Alcohol picks up through the glass. Lots of chocolate in the bottom.

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