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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 4.05/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2004
Roasted malts and chocolate in the aroma. Opaque dark brown with thin ring of tan/brown head that partially covers. Sweet chocolate with roasty finish and some resinous hops. Definite alcohol warming. Medium body is luxurious and creamy in the mouth. Sampled September 2003.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
littlebibs (11) - Kingston, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 11, 2004
I also sampled this at the Extreme Beer fest in Boston 2004 and it was delicious. Similar to a few of Magic Hat seasonal offerings, (they love experimenting)roasted coffee, chocolate, sweet & dry so many tastes, they do so much with their flavors but they all have their distinct style. A bit watery but it doens’t take away from this excellent brew, just makes me want more!! Another winner form Magic Hat!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Dark, dark brown with a thin, tan ring of bubbles. Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and white toast. A touch of dark fruit pops it's head up from time to time. Moderately thick body. Roasted, bitter flavor dominates through out. The alcohol, while not imperceptible, is difficult to find except for it's warmth. Towards the end, the hops really contribute pine, citrus and additional bitterness. I think a little time to mellow would really help this one out. Subduing the intense bitterness and bringing out the fruit would really make this amazing.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Extreme Beer Fest 2004: Dark ruby color without any head. Roasted aroma, full creamy syrupy body, starts sweet and ends bitter. Not sure why everyone else rated this so low, I'll have to try it again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Extreme Beer Fest '04, Black,no head,low carbonation.Fruit and roasted malt aroma and flavor.Sweet malt finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Extreme Beer Fest '04: Very dark brown with aroma of espresso and fruit. Taste is nice and smooth with a light coffee flavor. I like it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2477) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Draft @ extreme beer fest'04: Good nose, Dried fruit, coffee, berries. Nice brownish black color. Coffee, chocolate, raisen/plum and a tad of whiskey. A little on the thin side, but a tasty offering from Magic Hat

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2003
A very decent Imperial stout from a company I don't always trust. Very thick with molasses. Sweet, but not syrupy or sticky. Well-balanced - roasty and warm. Fuzzy alcohol feeling.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (4631) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2003
On tap at Bling Tiger, NY - I was a bit skeptical about this one, considering I'm not all that fond of their Heart of Darkness Stout, but I must admit I was really impressed - this beer is very, very, very much like Storm King, but a much thicker mouthfeel - this beer truly is "chewy" - sweet, but it has a lot of hop bitterness that actually lends itself well to the chocolate/coffee flavor going on - some cherries and plums in the mix - what's this? it burps up the taste of pine? quite odd - great if you can find it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 3, 2003
On tap at Three Needs in Burlington, March 2. Thick espresso-shake-black, very stable medium-brown head. Wonderful aroma first seemed to be that of raisins, but later was more cherry-chocolaty with hints of French vanilla. Medium-sweet flavor, more chocolate than coffee, nice bitterness towards the end but also hints of metal. A little on the thin side in the body (oh Magic Hat, thou art close to a great brewer, but put some BODY in thy brews!), finish nice & roasty-toasty; goes down just a little bit too easily, like its just fading away. A good, not great, Imperial; the Thumbsucker whiskey cask-aged version I had tonight is a bit more complex and interesting, but both are worth trying if you can get your hands (or at least thumbs or nails) on them.


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