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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 62   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9570) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2007
12oz bottle acquired in trade. Poured a dark brown color with a small sized tan head. My 1st impression was that the aroma was off. I just couldn’t put my finger on it. This off aroma died down somewhat as the beer aired out. Aromas of sour cherries, roast, chocolate, caramel, and woody. Tastes of roast, chocolate, coffee, licorice and some tobacco. I thought this was thin for an imperial stout. Just noticed that this was 12%, I never would have guessed that!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2007
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear deep ebony color with a creamy walnut head. Not opaque by any means. I’ve seen darker nit browns (though not many!). Roasted/caramel nose. Dark chocolate, charcoal, currants, ashes. Dry dry dry. If this is really 12% (which I doubt), it is by far the cleanest, driest Impy ever made. A really fine beer, I’d make it an "18" if it was an imperial porter, but I have to take off since it is supposed to be a stout. Body is way too light...but I do like it!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 13, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2008 Rerate, 2008 release. 12oz bottle again. Very deep ruby with a one finger tan head, pretty good retention. Dominant aromas are orange hops and tobacco--but not necessarily the same tobacco I usually get from beer--with some roasted malt, light chocolate, and tangy raisins in the background. Flavor adds a good amount of piney hops, but the orange, tobacco, and raisin tang stays strong. Roasted malts and grain pick up midway through and follow to the dry slightly ashy finish. Doesn’t seem like 12% at all. Strange amalgam (word of the day!) of flavors, but this isn’t bad at all. Medium-full body with low carbonation. A very strange beer. Old rating follows. 12oz, no date. Pours a deep orange caramel with a ring of beige head--doesn’t necessarily look like an impy. Aroma is roasted malts, char, paper, some acidic tang, juicy raisins, bitter chocolate, and old tobacco. Flavor is some fresher tobacco, raisins, that odd acidic tang again, anise, moderate rosted malts and some cocoa towards the dry finish. I also picked up on a bit of buttery toffee. On a 1-10 scale bitterness was a 3-4. Cannot tell at all that this is 12% ABV. Not quite as full of a body as I’d have wanted, with creamy moderate carbonation. I was afraid I wasn’t going to like this from the aroma, but it picked up from there, thankfully. 6-3-8-4-14--3.5

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2007
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Aroma is earthy with a hint of roasted malt and cocoa. Has a dry slightly bitter flavor. This is a very humble, basic Imperial stout that really doesn’t have anything special that makes it stand out in the crowd. Good, but not great.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2007
Grainey malt,touch of coffee and alittle hop in aroma, more punch in taste then in aroma, no head to speak of,creamy milk malty taste, smooth Bavarian chocolate, vanilla, definite hop bitterness in finish,odd that there was no head ,but it seemed highly carbonated. Excellent imperial,not the monster I thought(hoped) it would be. Thanks Kingpin

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2007
UPDATED: APR 6, 2007 12 oz. bottle from Steve’s Liquor in Madison. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is smokey malts and nutty. Also some sourish fruit. Taste is bitter malts, coffee and some more of the sour fruit. Pretty damn smooth for 12%

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2007
#982, Bottle at the Champaign-Urbana private tasting held at Radio Maria. Thanks to Phillip. Hazy black with long lasting thin lacking tan head. Nose is sweet and alcoholicy, taste sour but malty and roasted with cream. Good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Bottle from Steve’s at Madison. Clearly this is underrated on this site.There are few beers that can hide 12 ABV as well as this. I would have guessed half as much. On to the beer, notes of chocolate and french roast meet soy and licorice. There’s some toasty oak notes as well. Kudos to Tom Porter for this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Thanks to Buckybeer for this one. Pours onyx with 1-finger tan head. Aroma of roasty dark malt, some vinous fruit, oaky molasses, some chocoff. Tastes roasty malty, with a bourbony oaky molasses element, plus chocoff and some nuts. Medium to dense on the tongue, with some finishing kriek notes. Well hidden alcohol and a chewy body make this one well worth quaffing!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2006
Bottle, with Clark VV and Sully. Black in colour, as expected. Aroma and flavour are typicall of a American Imperial Stout. Lots of dark chocolatey flavours, roasty malt, licorice, tar and also hoppy notes to finish. Very rich and sweet and very warming. Probably a little too raw aswell.


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