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RATINGS: 424   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. Weíve 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.


3.8
   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 donít 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 (14104) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2007
Bottled - Chris O shindig 2007 - A black coloured stout. The aroma is hoppy and smoky with great fruits and malts. The taste has a long sticky soy sauce finish together with the fruits and malts. A really tasty great beer seriously underrated here IMO.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2007
A Sim rate (bottle at Chris Oís Shindig): Aroma of caramel, dark chocolate and coffee. Everything an imperial stout should be. Tastes again of coffee and chocolate. Damn!

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (11215) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2007
1Liter bottle-pours a brown head with bubbles and black color. Aroma is lots of dark malt-licorice. Taste is lots of dark malt-licorice, some astringency from Jim Beam-silky. Not my style. (3.3 from 2 friends that shared this)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2007
2005 vintage bottle thanks to Indiana_Red sampled on 7/2/06: Pours a mostly opaque black with dark brown edges and a thin ring of tan head. Sweet caramel malt and soy sauce aroma has a touch of fresh piny hops. Body starts with a thick viscous caramel maltiness and a touch of dark fruity complexity before a lightly tart earthy roasted dark chocolate finish. A pretty good imperial stout, but would be better with less tartness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 20, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2007 Pours black with a fully diminishing beige head, spotty lacing. Aroma is subdued and variable, with notes of chocolate, roasty malts, figs, coffee, raisns and slight hops, loads of vanilla and charred oak. Flavor is on the mellow side, entailing more roasted malts and fruit, additions of smoke and leather, bittersweet chocolates as well. Alcohol is reasonably well masked, finishing long and mellow, but a little dusty and unrefined. Palate is medium bodied, light at times. Really nothing about this is the least bit exciting, itís rather dull. Nothing offensive but thatís not exactly the trait that wins me over. Just another imperial stout. One extra point in the overall for the most menacing looking packaging Iíve seen from this hemisphere. After all, the look of the bottle got me more excited about trying it, which certainly couldíve influenced my opinion. Thanks, Joe, for the opportunity to try this.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29828) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2006
A pitch black beer with a thin orange head. The aroma is sweet malty with strong notes of roasted malt. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of chocolate, and a very smooth mouthfeel.


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