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RATINGS: 420   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6131) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Appearance:
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 4     Light Brown(1)->Pitch Black(5) : 4     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 2
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 2   Off-White(1)->Dark Brown(5) : 2   Lasting: 1   Lacing : 1   Nitro : XX
Aroma:
Intensity : 3  
Yeast : 1   Bread : 3   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : XX   Ink : XX   Tar : XX   Olives : XX   DMS : XX
Malt : 4   Biscuity : 1   Burnt Toast : 3   Caramel : XX   Nuts : XX   Pumpernickel : XX   Cereals : 3   Coffee : 2   Dark Chocolate : 4   Vanilla : 2   Grapes : 2   Blackberries : 2   Cherries : XX
Hops : 1   Noble(1)->American(5) : 4   Leafy : XX   Floral : XX   Lemon/Lime : XX   Grapefruit : XX Orange : 1   Herbal : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX
Notes :   Earth : 2   Wood : 2   Mint : XX   Smoke : 2   Soy : XX   Bourbon : 2   Anise : XX
Flavor:
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 4   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 4   Sourness : XX   Lactic : XX   Bitterness : 1   Complex : 2   Length : XX
Palate:
Light(1)->Full(5) : 3   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 2   Clean : XX   Sharp : XX   Watery : XX   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : XX   Mineral : XX   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX

Comments: Smooth, malt-oriented impy with solid chocolate flavours and pleasantly soft edges. Intricate smoky undertones and oak tones indicate that they wanted a little of everything and they did it well, without exageration.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2012
Name: Black Cauldron
Date: April 10, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Greenville Beer Exchange
Appearance: black, fine tan head, streaks of lace
Aroma: rich roasted aroma, dark chocolate, touch of espresso, light sweetness
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, coffee and espresso, dark chocolate, growing sweetness adds to the richness and depth, long dark chocolate finish

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Imperial Stout
Date: July 02, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Vintage: 2005
Appearance: black, thin fine beige head
Flavor: huge sweet chocolate aroma and flavor, very creamy

Name: Imperial Stout
Date: July 15, 2006
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2005
picking up a bit more bitterness

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5005) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2007
1 L bottle, 2005 Vintage, via BückDich. Waxed swingtops are about the stupidest thing I’ve seen as far as beer packaging comes. Knock it the hell off Grand Teton, I damn near hurt myself getting this bastard open. Pours a completely opaque black body under a one inch fizzy brown head that gained density as it slowly settled. The aroma is heavily roasted malts, chalk, licorice, a little tar, chocolate, and a hint of dark fruits. Flavor is roast and chocolate up front with a lingering burnt malt, licorice, and plummy finish. Not much alcohol to speak of. Almost a bit of a rum like sweetness late on the finish. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side for the style, with a smooth silky texture and moderate soft carbonation. A nice bonus is the lack of heat, thanks to the moderate alcohol content. Overall, pretty good, but it could have been a bit heftier all around.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christian (11178) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2007
Black with a disappearing off-white head. Roast aroma, some licorice, some molasses. Dry and roast flavour with some caramel. Very yummy beer - reminded me of Great Divide Yeti, but not quite up there.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (35088) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2007
Bottle @ Chris_o shindig 2007. 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 ;o))

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20395) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2007
Bottled. Very dark brown colour, small brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, alcohol, toffee and coffee. Flavour is roasted malts, alcohol, coffee and dark chocolate. Alcohol burns nicely in the aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Deep brown, a bit of tan hanging aroud the edges. On most occations, I don’t change ratings for packaging, but this was a memorably nice presentation--extra point. A toasty, oaky beer, rounded edges, caramel. Surprised to see this is just 7.5%. Would have placed this a bit stronger.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 10, 2007
Bottle, chris_o shindig. Black with a brown head. Big aroma - sweet and fluffy. Icing sugar. Espresso and chocolates. Very strong sweet icing sugar mouth, carries as malty with espresso. Lasts through. (Marked as homo beer in my notebook, thanks oh6gdx).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (13800) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2007
Bottle at Chris_o Shindig. Black. Very intense, got some decent toffee from the barrel. Good intensity, nice liquorice. Good though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2007
Bottled@chris_o. Roasted coffee malts. Black colored, light browm head, good lace. Sweet, coffee, bitter, roasted, soft mouthfeel.


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