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RATINGS: 330   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
The Ultimate Stout, this beer is big, rich and malty. It has a creamy texture unsurpassed in any of our beers. Black in color with a thick long lasting, tan head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 17, 2003
Smokey wood and slight acidity in aroma. Extremely carbonated. Medium body. Smooth texture, quickly departs the palate. Dark malts and coffee pervade, didn't note any vinous qualities. Tasty but unmemorable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2003
Oiled ruby slathered with a rich mocha topping. Aroma bursting with dry chocolate, leather, espresso, olive, and caramel. Plummy esters amid a leafy, phenolic, and fresh earthy hop undertow. Large-bubbled carbonation quickly tingles the palate, sparking a metallic sensation. Medium-bodied. Starts fairly acidic with an ensuing chalky black malt structure and subdued esters. Mild caramel sweetness and deeply roasted malts drift alongside a lightly medicinal, peanut skin quality. Ends with a buttery yeast, notably vinous flare. Fairly dry and olive-like with a lingering soft black malt backdrop. Soy-like acidity gets the best of the black malts. Yet another Stout where the phenols and earthiness clash with the dark malts. With all that said, this is a very respectable version, teeming with highly complex earthy malts. Thanks, cquiroga!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - NOV 9, 2003
Pours absolutley black, creamy and opaque with a small brown head. Not much lacing. Aroma is roasted coffee, sweet with some light chocolate notes. Smells very, very good. Flavor is roasted, coffee, and some chocolate. Wow this is darn good. Body is rich and full bodied. The swallow is smooth and rich with a nice bitterness. Very good stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2003
oaty malt aroma, dark brown, sweet and roasted with a knockout body, so sweet and chocolatey it's mmm mmm good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2003
A breakfast stout at 7.1% Dark coffee color with a small tna head. Rich coffee, chocolate aroma. Some fruit. A bitter roasted taste, some hop bitterness, medium body. I would never of guessed this was an Imperial Stout as the ABV is very well hidden and from the name I would of figured this as a Oatmeal stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2003
Had this at GABF 2003. Chocolate/coffee smell. Kark brown appearance. Flavor is light dominated by chocolate malts. Very thin overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 12, 2003
San Quentin pours jet black with a huge brown head. The aroma reminds you of chocolate chip cookie dough. In my opinion, the mouthfeel is a bit thin for an Imperial Stout. It does have the roasty/chocolatey/coffee-like flavors, but none of them is too prevalent. In fact, my criticism of this beer is that it isn't Big enough. That being said, for someone new to Imperials, this would be a good 'starter'.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2003
I really like this one. Black in color with a moderate head for a stout. Rich burnt aroma. Flavor of chocolate, coffee and maybe milk. Smooth and creamy. Sweet on the finish. Excellent Stout. Thanks Jcalabres

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUN 2, 2003
On tap at Pizza Port Real Ale Festival. Dense black with a nice creamy froth. Coffee, burnt malt aroma. A strong, full bodied stout that is not hard to drink. The burnt chocolate/coffee flavor is prominent, with a good balance to finish nice and bitter. Would have this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10215) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2003
Pours black with a large, creamy, light brown head. Somewhat lasting with decent lacing. Without halogen, one would never know of the beautiful, deep crimson hue hidden deep within. The nose is very rich and malty. Notes of vanilla, cocoa, espresso, cherries, fireplace ash and roated cashews. The flavor doesn't match the aroma, but is damn nice. Rich, deeply roasted malt up front with blasts of dark chocolate, espresso beans and burnt cinnamon. Excellent, lightly numbing bitterness and light pungency on the backside with a hint of wet hay. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Lengthy, dry, acrid, burnt finish. It's like drinking gunsmoke. Nice! Not world class, but very nice.

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