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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4889) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2009
MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering, January 10, 2009. Courtesy of Guerde and OSLO. Black color with a medium head. Big aroma of coffee and roasted malt. Light roasted malt and caramel flavor. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (3297) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2009 Bomber. Pours a thick near black with a foamy layer of tan head. The aroma is pleasantly dry and roasty with coffee and dark chocolate with a fair amount of molasses for balance. The palate is slick and pretty heavy. The flavor is good with dark chocolate, hints at pine, earth, coffee, everything stays pretty dry and heavy. The finish is bittersweet, lingering, smoky, and very satisfying. This is not a very epic beer as far as imperial stouts go, but man it is executed well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2009
í07-í08 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2693) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Blackened brown. Plump and sticky mocha-brown foam. Extremely lively aroma with fresh-cut pine and spruce. Hint of buttery mocha, prunes, and phenols. Soft, bottle-conditioned pricks of carbonation fail to condense. Fluffy and creamy enough, however. Remarkably weightless, initially. Burnt and earthy malt laden, with an odd medley of metallic char, pine, and bittersweet chocolate. Grapefruit soon surges forth, and though itís juicily pulpy and vibrant, it discharges an inordinate amount of acidity, and thereís next to no cakey malt thickness or chocolaty richness to thwart it. Dryish hint of phenols. Some oiliness is present, and there is a rich wave of chocolate dipped pinecones to lend some much needed depth, but the overabundance of airy esters lessens the bodyís girth by amplifying the metallic malt zing. Finishes acridly malty and with an ashen malt grit, as notes of pine glazed fruitcake and bitter espresso delightfully tease the palate. I admire the adventurous concept of a reckless British-themed Imperial. Itís just a shame that the excessive malt- and hop-derived acidity overshadows the delectable yeast attributes and silkier malt textures. Some minor adjustments would place this right up there with the wonderful versions from McNeillís and Rogue. Thank you, Kinz.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11681) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Sampled from 22oz bottle courtesy of Whaleman. Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized brown head. Wow talk about a hoppy nose. Aromas of strong pine giving way to roasted malts, chocolate, and a light butteriness. The hops in the flavors were not as strong as the aroma. Tastes of roasted malts, hop leaves, coffee, and light caramel. Some lacing left on the glass. I have a bottle of this that I will let sit to see how the hop presence fade over time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2006
bomber, poured a very dark brown. Brown lasting head. Nose licorice and coffee.ood mouth feel, tasted like coffee and there is not hint of alcohol is by far the best from them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2006
From bomber. Pours black with a dark coffee head. Nose is wonderfully hopped, sweet pine and chocolate. Flavor is sweet, bitter chocolate with pine in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Pours pitch black with a very thin, light brown head. Big piney hops in the smell which was unexpected. some semblances of chocolate and dark malts, but the hops overpowers them. The taste is right there with the smell. I think this is one of the most hoppy imperial stouts Iíve had. It makes for a pretty good blend with the roasty elements in the background. Somewhat bitter towards the back. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Extremely dark with a beautiful milk chocolate head. This is a classic, even thought Iím a littel partial because its a VA beer right down the road. This beer has a little creaminess to it, but its mostly all muscle. Massive bitter chocolate flavor with a burnt coffe after taste. The alcohol is subdued, but after I finish all 22 oz I figure I will know its in there. One of the best Legend brews that I have had, and they hit the mark with this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2008
This was a good but not overwhelming IPS with a lot of chocolate malts and generous amonts of roasted barley with a nice but not to big sweet finish and some hints of hops and vanilla not bad and very drinkable.CHEERS!

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