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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kevin (2078) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 31, 2006
another bottle shared by TAR, thanks man. pours inky black with an orange tan head. graham cracker and toffee nose with a noticeanle high octane and wet coals aroma wafting up. flavor is a bit astringent. raisin juice with chocolate muffins that dries to and extremely light coffee. this gets a bit maltsided w/out enough needed bitter to balance. a papery chocolate finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Sampled at RBSG 2006- Grand Tasting. 2005 vintage. Pours dark brown with a brown head. Strong alcohol content to the nose. This is surprising to see that it is only 7.5%. Strong roasted coffee flavor, but the strong alcohol aroma is unusual. Medium-to-thick body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Bottle via trade with Bück Dich - Thanks Jordan! - Pours black with not much head at all. Aroma is lots of roasted malt, a touch of chocolate, coffee, and some caramel. Flavor includes all of those chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, but also a good deal of dark fruits, raisins, dates, black currant all blend together with some smoke and a touch of oak. Smooth palate although light for an impy stout. This one was a nice bottle to sip over 2 hours though. Enjoyable..

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3432) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2010 Bottle, 2005: Deep black with a tan head. Muscular texture; lively carbonation. Really nice flavors and aromas of coffee, wood, smoke and chocolate. Rather roasty and peaty, too. Sweet-bitter balance is nice. Bold on both fronts. Dark-fruit notes linger and build. Very nice stuff. 2010: Very roasted and toasted, with a tar-like sweetness. Doesn’t seem to have the depth of my prior bottle. Not bad, though. Lots of dark chocolate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Bottle at RBSG 2006. 2005 Vintage. Dark brown to near black bodied. Nose is roasty, coffee-ish with bittersweet choco notes. Taste is chocolaty with coffee, roasted malts, dark fruit, and faint hops. Body is medium and chewy. Mild carbonation feel to this one. Finishes with more roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate and dark fruit notes.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2006
RBSG ’06. Black with a thin tan head. Aroma of coffee, dark roasted malts and dark chocolate. Flavor was roasted malt, dark chocolate with a hint of coffee liqueur. A bit thin bodied for an impy stout but still pretty solid.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2006
RBSG06: Yummy, yummy , yummy. A lovely little malty, black dark ,heavy stout. Sweet and drinkable. I rather liked

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2006
RBSG 2006 - Grand Tasting. Deep, reddish muddy-brown body with a somewhat oily, fading tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate and cocoa, light butter, and alcohol fumes. Flavor has lots of roast and is somewhat rummy with a medium sweet chocolate cake quality. A decent imperial stout for sure, but doesn’t jump out and grab me like some do.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2006
Sampled at RBSG06. Dark black body with a creamy brown head. Chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Sweet chocolate and roasted malt flavor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 16, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2006 Courtesy of Bück Dich, RBSG 06. Pours an almost pitch black; slightly translucent around the edges. Coffee; layers of roasted malts. Very drinkable, with a long roasted finish.


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