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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 62   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (4591) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 20, 2006
2006 bottle from The_Enemy, consumed on 8/12/06.
Strong pour yields a small, but quite creamy, dark sandy-tan head. Some sediment left on the bottom, with medium to medium-low clarity in the deep black liquid. Deep violet tinges on the sides spell plenty of roasted barley. Head remains at cover, with some light lacing.Bittersweet nose at first, with deep chocolate cake icing, fudge and roasted barley vinousness. Very even and soothing, without any mess of overdone hops. Growing lightly tart/sour as it warms, with more of a transparent aroma, showing off the chocolate malt, light black malt smokiness and some salty toffee flavors. Rather complex and certainly not overdone. No sign of the 12% in the nose. More reassuringly strong in the nose, than assertive.
And it translates well to the flavor. Creamy, malted milk shake flavors up front, with a very creamy, well-malted mouthfeel that has sugars oozing everywhere. But decidedly balanced by a blossoming roastiness, drying out further on the finish, with a lightly lip-curling smokiness. Some traces of tar and treacle remain on the palate. Very much milk-chocolatey, through and through, with lightly tart lactic notes taking the place of hops and enlivening things. Low carbonation, moderately complex and the smoke is well-appreciated. No sign of 12 percent, hard to believe itís that high. Great brewer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5208) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Looks like I rated the Mephisto trifecta with this one. Thanks for the bottle, Duane. The body was black with a medium khaki and orange colored head on top. The aroma was mushrooms with pancakes. There was also soem earthy whidkey and tobacco. The taste was a little bit of coffee with some mild cherries. There was also some light tobacco. Lake Louie continues to impress me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2006
2006: Pour is black with a thin tight bubbled tan head...smell is roasty and sweet with nuts and cocoa...and definately lactic...taste is roasty and intensely sweet with chocolate, vanilla, some coffee...alcohol well hidden...something seems imbalanced about this beer though...maybe imbalanced is the wrong word...just strange...good though...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6015) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2006
Bottle: Courtesy of Duane via trade. Aromas of cocoa, roasted coffee, and cream. Nice aroma, but not as big as I would expect from an Imperial Stout, especially one thatís 12%. Pours a dark brown with no transparency, a small beige head, and quite a bit of sediment floating around the edges of the glass. Starts with lots of roasted coffee and light roasted grain. Moderate dark chocolate follows along with some black licorice. Nutty and light piney hops in the finish. Absolutely no detection of the 12% alcohol in the flavor. Really hard to believe this beer is really that big. Mouthfeel is slightly oily but a tad thin for an Imperial. A solid Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2006 Itís not 12% or a classic Imperial but I do so want more. Complex. Finish could have more flavor and feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2006
Dark brown color with a smallish light tan head. A lactic stout aroma, with lightly sour milk and dark malts wafting about. Certainly smells like a supercharges milk stout. Earthy malt and raw sugars blend with coffee nip infused dark chocolate. Just a mild acidic bite to return the thoughts back to the milk stout beginning. A interesting brew. Thanks herzon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Pours jet black with a moderate tan head. Intense coffee and chocoalte aromas with a hint of milk and sugar. Nice and soft in the mouth with not too much carbonation. Sweet up front with what I think is caramel. Finish is balanced and earthy. Really nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2006
DL 06: Poured a clear very deep brown color with a tan head. Big malty sweet aroma of chocolate and coffee. Roasty malt flavors that matched the aroma. Medium body. Very warming . Fairly tasty brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2934) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Sampled at the 3Floydís Dark Lord party. Imperial? I donít think so. More akin to a Two Brothers Northwind. Then again, Iím trying it with Dark Lord much on my mind. Lighter in taste, then, than Iím looking for, but with a kind of okay fruity finish.

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