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RATINGS: 301   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Full bodied black beer, very malty with a complex roasted chocolate character.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is of molasses , very deep roast, and a bit of soy. Flavor is great roast, biscuit, and chocolate. Excellent balance. Chocolate nibs come through in the aftertaste. Top notch.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2005
Pours a black color with brown highlights and a medium light brown head. Great aroma of biscuity and roasted malt with chocolate. Excellent flavor of biscuity and roasted malt with chocolate and a bitter finish. Light to medium body with a dry mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Great stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 18, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2005 Draught samples at GABF and Kennett. Pours a hazy black-brown colored beer with a smattering of tan head that recedes to a thin cover fairly rapidly. Liquid seems rather undercarbonated which may account for the minimal, spotty lacing. Aroma smells like a balanced mix of milk chocolate, moderate roast, light vinous dark fruits and soft yeast. Not in your face at all, but not weak either. A very respectable aroma, that downplays any extremes (no hugely assertive high-alpha hoppiness, bitterness well-controlled). Notes of sweet, creamy vanilla in the background. Flavor begins on a milk chocolate note, with dry, but not terribly bitter roast, adding much of the flavor through the middle of the beer. Light coffee notes, with a touch of prunes and raisins follow, with some touches of light sticky molasses on the mouthfeel. Body is medium to medium full, though this is no big monster of an imperial, by any means. Rather, it’s somewhat simple, easygoing and safe, but well-constructed. Stands out as a well-made, drinkable, conservative imperial stout, but that’s all it really stood out as. Nothing new or exciting about anything going on, IMHO. And furthermore, the mouthfeel gets too watery on the end. It runs too thin a line between slick and just plain loose. Carbonation is not nearly as tight as I would prefer. Reminds me, quite a bit, of McKenzie 5 Czars.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Sampled @ GABF- Hello Iron Hill, I like you already. Pours a jet black, small light brown head. Aroma is full of coffee, fresh roasted smelling at 6am hungover coffee goodness. Molasses and plums as well. Flavor is sweet, more coffee and chocolate, very "natural" real flavor. Very well done.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2005
The Lure:
A biscuity flux tucks in the grapey fruitiness. Roasted malts entice the coffee bean and chocolate vice that is about to occur. Big bubbles burst within, and help in upgrading this dessert to classy realms.

The Festivities:
Thorough bitter roastiness hangs around the chocolate cookie borough, with just enough to last until tomorrow. A slick mouthfeel with which you’d like to snuggle, as you juggle with the dryness of the finish. A complex and knowledgeable impy, with negligible weaknesses.

Transcendence:
An immense cavern with just enough natural lighting for us to behold its intricacies.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6126) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
Frothy, lasting head is beige and very irregular. Opaque deepest brown body. Potent espresso and cookie nose, fully chocolatey malt, yet with a bite of cleansing grassy and herbal hops. The necessary complementing grapey and plum notes offer a nibble of complexity, desserty in spirit as it bites into the doughy maltiness. Oaky, cigary finish and faintly spicy character. The body is medium, with fitting carbonation, moderate bitterness, limited alcohol. Good Stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6019) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2005
GABF 2005: Opaque with a small head and oily ring. The aroma has notes of chocolate, caramel, and smoky malts, earthy yeast esters and a touch of coffee and prune. The taste displays a wonderful balance of winey/vinous character, woody undertones, sweet mocha and doughy malts, and bitter hop and espresso finish. The feel is sticky and oily, velvet smooth. I love this, among the best of show IMO. I am impressed overall with this brewery.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Pour is black with a thin tan head...smell is roasty cocoa dn coffee...great mouthfeel...nice roasty flavors all the way through with a nice doughy quality in the finish...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MIBRomeo (2555) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2005
GABF... Pours a dark color with a thick creamy well laced tan head. Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, toffee, and a hint of figs. Rich full creamy palate. Flavor is delicous. Big roasted malt lots of sweet brown sugar, carmel, touch of toffee. Very good IS.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2007 GABF 2005 and later on nitro at Iron Hill North Wales. Several 750 ml bottles as well. Nearly opaque black body with ruby highlights, visible carbonation on the periphery, and a slow, but fully fading light tan head. Excellent aroma of coffee and fruit-infused dark chocolate. Flavor is like chocolate-covered espresso beans with medium-high sweetness and a roasty bitter counter-balance. Excellent beer.


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