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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 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, it’s rather dull. Nothing offensive but that’s not exactly the trait that wins me over. Just another imperial stout. One extra point in the overall for the most menacing looking packaging I’ve seen from this hemisphere. After all, the look of the bottle got me more excited about trying it, which certainly could’ve influenced my opinion. Thanks, Joe, for the opportunity to try this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29989) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luvcasks (178) - USA - NOV 13, 2006
What a great find and what a great treat - Thank you Sam and Marlene (Stuffed Sandwich) Picked up dark bitter chocolate, some coffee , dry figs and some smokiness which somehow was accentuated as the beer warmed up. poured thik and black with a nice dark tan head. The flavors were incredibly smooth with the chocolate, coffee and dry fruits with some mokiness there to highlight malt complexity. On the palate this is a delight with many flavors dancing to finish with a long luxurious finish. Overall: A fantastic Imperial Stout... A pleasant deviation from other stouts in the sense it is not oil or thick.. I wish I could get a few bottles to age and share

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAME (160) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Wow, what an amazing find. I got this 2005 bottle from my man Sam, right here in SoCal, and what a treat it was. Aroma was amazingly balanced, not too hot (only 7.5%) but very nice chocolate and very mild coffee tones. Flavor was very smooth, creamy malted chocolate with a hint of metallic (light oxidation?). I thought the drinkability was very good, with appropriate carbonation given the style, but a fully diminishing head. I wish I had access to more of this, it was great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1373) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 1 liter waxed swing-top -bottle (a bit of a pain!) dated 2005. Pours a dark brown with a very thin light brown head (even after a vigorous pour), that quickly dissipates to a tin collar that leaves a bit of lacing.

The aroma is sweet earthy lactic chocolate, toffee, some bitterness, coffee, and a touch of astringent alcohol. Anise and smoke come out as it warms.

The flavor is sweet malty chocolate leading to a slightly burnt bitterness. Some smokiness and lots of anise comes out as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium to full and a little watery.

Overall a nice imperial stout. I was kind of surprised since I haven’t been too impressed with their other beers. It starts off very sweet and chocolaty when colder. As it warms it more anise and bitterness come out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - SEP 3, 2006
Dark brown pour with small brown head. Nose of dried fruit and toasted malt. Flavor was the same, rasins, currents and light chocolate. With just that touch of dry roast coffee. Medium body, not too big, but finish was were the chocolate came on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kevin (2118) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - 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..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3480) - 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.

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