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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
If beer is liquid bread, then this is a meal in a glass! A big, black, monster of a beer the color of used motor oil that tastes like a food fight in your mouth. This is actually an Imperial Oatmeal Stout, as nearly 25% of the mash consisted of flaked oats, producing a thick, silky smoothness. Pale Ale Malt is the base for this brew, with Chocolate Malt, Roasted Barley, and Black Barley (all in generous amounts). Tomahawk hops are used exclusively during the boil and for dry hopping. Expect a thick, heavy brew with intense dark malt flavors and a sharp, piney hop character.

cvillebeer's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Black as midnight on a moonless night, as Agent Cooper once said. Somewhat viscous looking with a thick brown head. The aroma is strong with hops- piney, rich with a hefty roasted malt character too, all of which follows through in the flavor. Speaking of which, the flavor is quite bitter and roasty, with a fair bit of residual sweetness. Moderately full in the mouth, the hops overpower the malts somewhat- this would be interesting to age for 6 months or a year. I think I will pick up another to hold. I didn’t rate this higher because I think it is a little out of balance now- but definitely should improve with a little mellowing time. Right now it’s a really good beer that I would buy again, it just needs to smooth out a little.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tia (1737) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2012
Tap. Very dark with medium mocha head. I’m getting citrus, roastiness, woodiness, and vanilla on the nose. Flavor a little herbalescent- reminds me of hand soap slightly. Very creamy and light. Dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21447) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2012
Drft at the source, listed as 9% abv. Very dark maroon, thick brown head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee and dark cocoa. Taste is coffee grounds, cocoa ppwder. Dry finish. Body is a bit lighter than expected, but overall a solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (9007) - Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2011
22 oz. bottle from dkachur and consumed 9/2010. Pours black in color with a medium sized tan head that quickly disappears. The aroma has a nice dark fruity character with an emphasis on berries. Lots of roasted malts and some dark chocolate there as well. The flavor has roasted malts, dark chocolate, raspberry/blueberry fruitiness, earthy hops that provide a nice dry bitter finish. A decent imperial stout that was under the radar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13475) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2010
Bottle shared with alexsdad06. Poured black color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate, fruit, resin hop and alcohol aroma. Medium bittersweet toasted malt flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a good complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2010
From notes. Black, brown edges. Brown carbonation. Big resinous, piney hops, roasty malt, and bittersweet chocolate. Medium/full body, balanced. Hoppy imperial stout. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2009
Bomber. Black and almost no head. A very thick brew. coffee and chocolate dominate with some fruits, molasses, and heavier roast to burnt feel in mouth and in nose. Alcohol is very well hidden. Odd texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (4045) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2009
08 vintage bomber. Pours a great near black with good, but fading brown head. The aroma is slightly nutty with hints of a roasted cherry tartness. Flavor is cocoa, earthy dirt, oats, roasty, almost burnt. and slightly vegetal. Big carbonated thick body. Not bad, but not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2009
’07-’08 vintage. Beautiful pour, black with a thick dark brown head with good retention and lacing. Sweet malty aroma of molasses with some sweet and sour lactose and a good roasted malt character with the attendant expresso and some woody notes. Flavor is more assertively roasty and dry than the aroma with again some lactic sourness. Full bodied and smooth (with perhaps some contribution from the oatmeal), with relatively high carbonation. No real alcohol presence, although at 8% it is on the lower end of an Imperial Stout. Solid imperial stout, although the sourness/sweatiness (which may be partially due to the aging) cuts it down a notch below the top tier beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (5657) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2009
Thick dark brown liquid fills the glass. Initially fizzy head, settle to a fingers with of dense brown bubbles. Rather intense scents. Roasted malts, pine, hazelnuts, toasted white bread and butter. Not sure I really like the aroma, but it sure has me thinking. Not as thick in feel as the pour showed. I actually find it a bit fizzy. Starts with lightly charred plums. Middle has some citric hops and pale malt. I need a bit more backbone from the malt in this one. Some more fruit moves in and out with some dark berries. Acidic and fairly dry in the finish. Some citrus, pine and touch of black malt in the linger. Not the linger I want from my impy. Perhaps too hoppy for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Bottle poured into a snifter produced a finger worth of tan colored head that trailed of to a respectable lace. The body of the brew was the obligatory black in color. The aroma is that of roasted malts molasses’ and coco. The flavor is a little bitter and strong roasted malt, which is what I expect from and IMP Stout. I didn’t notice the 8% alcohol at all. The feel in my mouth is medium to full with light carbonation. A solid Imperial stout, nothing to spectacular; but represents the style well. I think the bomber was quite enough in one sitting. I would drink it again if I saw it

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