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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 62   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6835) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2008
Courtesy of Gillard. Pours dark dark brown with thin dark tan head. The aroma is varied and rich with dark roasty malts chocolate malts, plums, sweet black grapes, and musty sun drenched cherry purée. A hotness builds to distracting with a big draw. The taste is dark roasty malts, rich chocolate malts, mild burnt malts mixed with black grapes, dates and sugar coated raisins. There is also a mild alcohol sense that is pretty “in check” for a beer with this huge ABV. Ends in a mild manner fashion leaving a light dark roasty and chocolate maltiness into the finish and carries into the after taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5360) - Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2008
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Secret Santa ’07. Pours a dark brown with light red highlights and a small diminishing fizzy beige head. The aroma is roasted malts, dark chocolate, lactose, and acidic. The flavor has the roasted malts, dark chocolate, and lactose from above and adds a slight burnt quality along with black coffee. Fairly smooth. The 12 % is well hidden.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (4400) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2008
From Skyview. I didn’t like this one. Dark brown color and very thin for an imperial stout. I agree with Badgerben that there is lactose, but it doesn’t taste very good, with an off flavor of grain steeped in water. No malt sweetness. It seems like something went wrong.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
railcat1 (685) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2008
This was a good strong and not as thick IPS like most and very good with the ABV well hidden, with hints of chocolate and coffee and not as sweet as most IPS.It was in a 12 oz bottle and was in my cellar and was part of my spring cleaning.CHEERS!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Pours pitch black with purple glints, not much head. Huge roasty nose. Equally big roasty taste, but surprisingly lacking in chewiness. The flavor sits high in your mouth, if that makes any sense. Some late alcohol presence. Quite good, if not quite first tier. Recommended as a slightly different imperial stout.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Guerde (1163) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2008
(bottle thanks Skyview) Pours out black with a medium off-white head. The smell of this beer is incredibly unique, but not in a good way. When cold, this beer smelled exactly like canned salmon (kind of fitting since there’s a fish on the label). As the beer warms however, this smell lessens, and is replaced with some dark roasted coffee. The taste is pretty sweet initially with prune, raisin, and light chocolate. The finish is strong of dark roasted coffee and the beer is really thin. A decent tasting beer, but I really couldn’t get past that smell.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4392) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Courtesy of Skyview. Black color with a medium head. Nice aroma of lactose, coffee and chocolate. Strong, sweet malt taste. Lots more of the aroma as flavor. The alcohol is ridiculously well hidden. It tasted like a regular milk stout, not a 12% beast.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Courtesy of Skyview. This was a nice change of pace for an imperial stout. Watery brown pour with a small light tan head. Sticky molasses aroma with a nice roasted malt nose as well. The body is very thin for this style but the flavor was there. A little bit of coffee and chocolate with molasses.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stine (1532) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Thin pour of mild brown. Watery, with a scant head of grayish tan. Chocolate and molasses aroma with lots of scattered oddities; stale fish, sweet potatoes, and watered down table wine. Not especially unpleasant, just off-putting when it isn’t somewhat bland. Flavor brings chocolate candy, caramelized sugar, honeyed apples, irish moss and some honey; very basic, tepid, and somewhat messy although alcohol is very well restrained; ridden with an acrid tar and old coffee quality. Thin palate is slightly thin and oily, softly carbonated; stale presentation. Finishes with chocolate and cherry cola; biting and showing some bitterness. Not poorly done, just completely forgettable, leaving too much of a kitchen skin impression. Thanks for sharing, Bob!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Deep brown body, thick, clumping tan head. Rich roasted malt aroma with hints of molasses and chocolate. Very dry, roasty body, with light prickly heat and charred, burnt notes, tannic, with a woody, bitter finish. Chocolate and a hint of molasses lend complexity, but are overwhelmed by the roasted notes. Not a compelling Imperial Stout.


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