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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 62   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Served from a 12 oz bottle via trade with klikger (BA). The appearance is coffee brown with a medium brown head. The aromas are black olives, roasted malts, and a slight sour note. The flavors have some nice roasted malts, coffee beans all medium in intensity, some sour milk and wood notes too. The mouth is fully carbonated. Perhaps I shouldn’t of drank a new beer after a dentist appointment, I might of missed a few flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Black pour. Much lighter than expected. Virtually no head. Aroma of roasted malt, bitter and somewhat stale coffee. Cocoa. Flavor of dark chocolate, toasted malt, cold folgers coffee and slight vanilla. Thin, watery palate. Over-carbonated. Masks the high alcohol by volume pretty well as I do not notice much booze (outside of a touch on the very finish) at surprisingly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 10, 2010
Pours a characteristic dark brown/black color for the style and hold a nice head. Aromas most notably of deep rich chocolate slight coffee notes. Taste of rich chocolate and coffee flavor without being bitter, does have a bit of a grape hard candy / metalic taste though. A very smooth drinkable imperial stout, just off on the finish with the metalic taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Brown with ruby highlights and a massive tan head that leaves frothy lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, mild chocolate and alcohol. Taste of sweet malt, perhaps lactose, burnt roasted malt, alcohol, soy sauce and some coffee. Semi dry finish with mega warming. Not a big fan of this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2009
Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest hint of lighter hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy light beige head that slowly fades into a thin lasting ring, leaving chunky rings of lacing. Roasted malt aroma that is very hoppy for the style with hints of dark chocolate, burnt toast, roasted coffee, oatmeal and toffee. The hops provide an earthy pine presence with a bit of citrus sweetness. Pretty hop forward for the style with some nice roasted chocolate malt flavor. There is a sweetness from the bitter dark chocolate along with some citrus peel, orange and lemon with some grapefruit notes. The roastiness of the malt is really well balanced by these flavors. There is also a bit of oatmeal, coffee, tofee and burnt toast underneath. Alcohol is very well masked. This is a very unique beer that I enjoyed. I usually don’t like stouts that are hoppy because they are usually very dry and piny, taking away from the silky viscous malt mouthfeel that I enjoy but this beer has a completely different sweet citrus hop profile that compliments those flavors very well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (3191) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2009
Bottle - Pours a thick, creamy tan head atop a black pour. There’s lots of booze on the nose, though it’s sweeter than I’d expect. There’s a touch of dark fruit in there too. Taste is sweet too, with caramel and a roasted malt finish. There’s some good heat that compliments the sweetness well, but overall I wanted it a little darker and nastier. Still solid, with that medium-full body and creaminess I’m looking for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Sweet malt with a savory saltiness like soy sauce. Tickleish hoppiness. Faily typical, but well done and hides the alcohol well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2009
12oz bottle courtesy of Gillard poured into a tulip. Pours close to black in the glass with a big beige head that leaves decent lacing and leaves a solid cap for a while. The aroma is oddly sweet with licorice being the dominant smell. Maybe it’s slightly oxidized, but the dark roasted malts are in the background. There’s also some sweet vanilla and chocolate sweetness as well. The taste has the same initial sweetness that featured in the aroma with lots of caramel, vanilla and licorice. There are lots of dark sweet malts with a slightly roasted character. Very, very sweet overall. The mouthfeel is slick and on the lighter side of things as RISs go. There is very low carbonation and a very sweet aftertaste. This one disappointed me a little bit and came across much sweeter than I was expecting. It’s a decent beer overall but nothing outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5687) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2010 12oz bottle. The aroma is warm and hints at the big chocolaty alcohol within. The taste is quite smooth though. When I had this at the bar, I estimated it was around 8.5% or so. Creamy, mellow carbonation and very little hop character. Smooth, drinkable, challenges the sipper notion. Malty, almost a touch lactic, traces of Milk Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Bottle wife got or me from Wis. Good roast and nut aromas. Black body with tan head. Alcohol hidden but alot of sweetness appartent. Some molassas and nutmeg in the flavor. Carbinated beer not bad.

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