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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
Imperial Stout, Dark like abyss, this ale sinks to the bottom of your stomach due to itís heavy body. Packed with the intensely roasted flavor of barley, this stout has a flavor almost of coffee. This is an Exotic beer made with tapioca and rice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2559) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2007
Very black in colour, tan coloured head, some light patchy lacing. The aroma was of light liquorice, alcohol, chocolate, caramel, toffee and some weird glue notes. The flavour was actually fairly tame, no noticable alcohol, lots of chocolate, quite sweet, good roast. Rich mouthfeel, medium body, mild carbonation. Finishes long, creamy and roasty. Good stuff, didnít drink like it was this high in alcohol, nice roast throughout.

Growler shared by <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>beerhugger, thanks Steve.
Opened on October 12, 2007.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2007
Growler. Pitch black body with a still mocha-brown head. Aroma has some piney hops, plenty of caramel, toffee, and burnt maple sugars. Viscous body - chewy hop resin flavours, chocolatey, burnt toffee, with a tar-like consistency. The alcohol component is very well masked and I wouldn’t have guessed this being up at the 12.5% mark. Perhaps as it warms you start to feel the heft a bit more but at no time is it ever distracting. All in all, this is a very solid imperial stout. Thanks to Steve (beerhugger) for picking this up!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 6, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2008 MBGF07. Dark brown/black body with a small tan head. The aroma is milk chocolate, light molasses and dark fruits. The flavor is moderately sweet, chocolate, coffee, molasses and prunes. Full body is soft and sticky with moderate carbonation. 8/4/7/3/13 = 3.5

rerate at Winter Solstice. Much richer this time around with a more balancing bitterness and a creamier mouthfeel. I donít know if itís just the change in setting, but this seemed like a different beer. 8/4/8/4/15 = 3.9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (4591) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Couple draught tulips at the brewery on 9/22/07
Two-fingers of tan head top the inky black body, slowly receding to cover and then ring, leaving blotchy lacing. Clarity is medium-low.
Very hoppy in the nose, with plentiful juicy fruits and moderate pine aromatics wrapping themselves up in lightly sweet chocolate fudge. Youíd think it wouldnít work too well, but as itís a bit easier on the grapefruit side of things, I think the hop notes actually add an interesting array of aromatics that complement the sweet malts. Clean, fresh yeast, and low alcohol apparency for its size. The roast emerges with warming, but generally stays behind the fudgey-sweet maltiness. Certainly some light charred notes and coffee elements arise on the finish, somewhat drying out the beer and adding a pleasant balance. Very "full" aroma, though perhaps not overly intense in its strength, if that makes any sense.
Bitter hop notes dance with gobs of fat chocolate fudge notes, laid out over a deliciously chewy, rich body. Cookies, buttertoffee and vanilla notes all add moderate depth, as charred black malt notes and some minimal vinousness emerge at the end. It adds a lovely balance, though the strong hop flavors of juicy pine, tropical fruits and candied citrus seem to detract from the focus here. Not that the hops are unpleasant, but itís just very different to witness such a large amount of flavoring hops in this style, without the usual onslaught of bitterness. The body loosens some, with warming, as more vanilla and caramel come out. Alcohol warmth is moderate, for its size, and the charred notes keep their place, more or less, without fatiguing the palate. Still, the complexity is a bit lacking, as thereís quite a lot of fruity/piney hop flavor and chocolate fudge interplay, without as much deep roast and vinousness as Iíd like. Drinkable, though, thatís for sure.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (7994) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 28, 2007
On tap at the brewery. This dark brown ale poured with a thin beige head. There is an intense roasted malt flavor with elements of raisins and coffee. There is a chalky fruit and alcohol finishi.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2007
Glad I got this one in trade. Growler from the brewery. Very dark in color, looks extremely rich. Rich dark chocoalte and some coffee aroma as well as some smoke. Very rich and delicious. Not heavy body as it would appear.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Jimmack Invitational 07. Thanks for sharing this Trevor. Opaque black with a brown head. Aroma is not great- something strange along with some roast and light chocolate. Taste is a bit better with roast, chocolate, caramel, smoke, ethanol, and a touch of tobacco. Medium bodied. Finishes roasty and lightly bitter. I expected more from this brewer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Jimmack í07. Poured a dark brown, small head. Nose was coffee and caramel. Taste was coffee and a bit of smoke. A bit thin for an impy, no trace of alcohol. Thanks for sharing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beastiefan2k (2963) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Jimmack Invitationalí07, shared by yobdoog (thanks Trevor). Pours a dead black color with some tan bubble in place of any good head or lacing. Aroma is light vegetable with some chocolate and roast. Taste is a bit more strong on the chocolate and roast. A good amount of alcohol felt in the flavor which does not go well with the beerís light body. Finish is roasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5695) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Poured an oapque black color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast, smoked, malts, burnt bread, and a bit of chocolate as well. Taste of dominant smoke, with roasted malts, chocolate, light dried fruits, with coffee, and alcohol in the finish. Thanks yobdoog!

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