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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. 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.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2146) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 20, 2013
Bottle from Bev Mo: Poured a pitch black color similar to the appearance of dirty used motor oil with a delicate topping of patchy foam for a head. My nose is delighted to find all sorts of characteristics that accompany the aroma of an imperial stout such as dark roasted malts, coffee/espresso, toffee/caramel, cream, and dark chocolate all of which make my mouth begin to salivate. The flavor is semi sweet and bitter and really allows for a bitter dark chocolate taste to dominate over the rest of the other flavors, but they are still received. These other notes of flavor Iím talking about range from a French vanilla cream, rich espresso, Arabic coffee, burnt black malts, and possibly hazelnut in the distant finish. Also, there is a presence of alcohol that gives some heat and at the same time thins out the drink to not be so heavy and dense.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WortMan (18) - - APR 7, 2013
Pours dark and thick with light foamy head.. Pleasent aroma complex taste and aroma. Excellent stout smooth and sweet on front and bitters on the end. My prferance is not stouts however, this is one great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
budznsudz (557) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Pours pitch black with brownish head of foam that recedes to a layer of skim. Aroma of chocolate, hops, oak, and soy sauce. Taste is chocolate roast, oak, soy sauce, and toasted malt. Thin to medium body with light to medium carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tortman18 (188) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2013
22oz. bottle. Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a cap of creamy, chocolate head. Nose is like bread. Very yeasty and sweet with a nice bit of alcohol mixed in and hints of dark fruits like plum and cherry. Mouth is awesome. Very roasty and boozy with the yeast coming through again. A nice sweet undertone is present. Not the best imperial stout, but very good. I have another bottle aging.

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewalkindude (8) - - MAR 5, 2013 does not count
This is what black tastes like. It feels a lot stronger than 8 percent which is quite good. An excellent imperial.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (11983) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle. Completely black, thick tan head. Aroma of licorice, burnt wood. Taste is roasty chocolate. OK.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
camborne (655) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Nose of chocolate and vanilla. Well balanced stout. Flavors are very even with nothing overpowering. Smoke is faint and nice. Really good

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
freeofthoughts (655) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Pours near black with some tan fizz. The aroma is nice roasted barley with a touch of smoked malt and some dark fruits. The taste is rich malted roasted grains with an up front fruitiness, plums sweet red apples, black grapes, just a bit of sweetness. The carbonation is moderate and would probably be just right if the beer was aged a while. The smoked malt just slightly comes through along with the barrel flavors, they are more side notes to a barley and yeast driven beer, albeit very well done. Not your punch of whiskey and oak but a smooth well rounded stout landing right between big boozy imperial stoutís and fruity easy drinking mild stoutís.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
natejgood (391) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Pours dark with a frothy brown head. Aroma of dark fruit, malt and chocolate. Smells slightly sweet. Smooth coffee and chocolate in the mouth. Pretty solid beer overall.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3570) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with thin, fizzy tan head; decent retention and minimal lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, earthy hops, figs and light dates. Flavor is mostly roast malt with some dark fruit esters, light smoke, light cocoa, and faint earthy hops; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.


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