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RATINGS: 425   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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrNic (15) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - DEC 20, 2012
12 oz. bottle, bottled on 10/23/2012 A - Pours dark, opaque black with a 1 finger dark brown head that dissipates quickly. S - Nice roasted coffee and sweet milk chocolate aroma. T - Starts roasty, moves on to sweet chocolate, and finishes with a big dry roasty bitter coffee taste. After a couple of sips I noticed a little bit of an alcohol burn in the back of my throat that stuck around for a while. M - Full bodied, thick and creamy mouthfeel. Finishes dry. Overall, I would consider this an average Imperial Stout. It’s good, but I’ve had a few other Imperial Stouts that I consider to be much better. It would interesting to see how much better this beer is with a year of age on it to mellow out the alcohol.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Imaena (1915) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle CO. Had this over xmas in 2011. Great sipping beer for cold weather.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edgallow (2457) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 20, 2012
12 oz bottle pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Taste is coffee, spice, malts and cocoa.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garbageman (443) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2012
From bottle. Pours rich black with a tan head. Aroma pure roasted malt, chocolate and slight spicey coffee and alcohol. Taste follows with rich coffe and creamy chocolate that finishes with a warm alcohol palette.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (1928) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2012
November 13, 2012 on tap from iTap. Black pour with limited head. Chocolate, caramel, alcohol and vanilla in the aroma and taste. Medium body with some carbonation and a rough finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (10363) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2012
Bottle on Amtrak Train 27 - The Empire Builder ( from Binny’s South Loop) - 05/11/12. Pitch black, big coffee head which soon thins to a pond and edgeing. Nose comprises roast malt, milk chocolate and a touch of soap. Tastes of roast malts, chocolate, liqourice, molasses, dash of coffee and mineral tones. Full bodied with soft carbonation and a roasted finish. Drinkable but a bit of a let down if truth be told.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 29, 2012
At least a couple years old, if not more
A vigorous pour into my Bruery tulip produces an almost three-finger thick, richly brown colored head. The beer is richly black and passes no color when held up directly to the light. The aroma seems to still have a spicy, fruity hop character to it, and there are layers of tobacco, musty leather, and the more you dig into it layers of concentrated fig, prune, molasses, spicy cinnamon, rich, smooth roasted malt character, concentrated roasted sweet malt.

Lightly sweet with ample balancing roast character, the beer finishes with a dry, roasted, leathery, slightly chalky, bitterly roasted, slightly chalky, perhaps a touch of burnt tartness, and a firm hop bitterness that is lighter than it could be. There is a spicy, slightly herbal hop character to the finish. Perhaps a touch of oxidation accentuates some tobacco notes here, as well as a burnt molasses note. The beer has viscous, rich feel to it, without being cloying; it is on the rich side for an 8% abv beer, but it is perfect for what this beer is trying to be.

There seems to be a touch funkiness here, it provides a mustiness here as well as a touch of mushroom character and perhaps a touch of phenolics. Mostly though this beer is a nice balance of roasted malt, residual hop spiciness, light oxidation, and rich malt character. In the end this is quite an enjoyable beer, I like how complex this beer actually is, my guess is that the age has made this a better beer, it has certainly been sitting in the back of my fridge for long enough.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (3306) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Pours black on tap with sticky brown head. Oily texture. Thick. Expresso hints prevalent. A little bitter. Coffee like beer. Very good. Don't drink at after eating a burger at bad apple. Having issues gettin it in my belly ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackfrost9p (338) - California, USA - OCT 21, 2012
I really enjoyed this stout. Strong coffee, chocolate and dark fruit flavors.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3900) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 17, 2012
Bomber from Supermarket Liquors - Fort Collins. Nose is chocolate, light prunes, and a hint of charred smoky bread. Black with a medium, lightly lacing, cinnamon tan head. Flavor is lightly sweet and smoky with a chocolate covered raisin note and a light smoky, lightly bitter finish.


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