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RATINGS: 324   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnC (3000) - 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'.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1275) - 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

3.8
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9364) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Suttree (5218) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2003
Pours black with a tan to brown head. Smells of esspresso, and smoky, coffee, chocolate, and burnt toast are there as well. Silky smooth on the palate, and alcohol is hidden well. Very Impressive.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Cast at the RAF 2003: Big cherries, vienous and silky. . . Bits of roasted oats in the background. . . great mouthfeel and thick and juicy on the palate. very solid stout.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2003
Pours a jet black color with a medium sized, tan head that lingers. The aroma is slightly sour with some roasted chocolate and coffee notes. Medium bodied with medium carbonation, the flavor is full of roasted malts and chocolate, with a nice, slightly hoppy, roasted finish and a slight bit of sourness, though just a hint. Not a bad stout, though the sour tones are a little off-putting. Still worth trying.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Huge roasty aroma with hints of alcohol. The flavor burst out in a roasty, alcoholic, coffee, slightly bitter fire. Crisp feel with an acidic finish. Beautiful black color with a huge creamy, thick tan head. Great!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11583) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 7, 2003
Black body with medium dark-tan head. Aroma is malty -- strong roasty mocha, and some cocoa. Taste is semi-sweet, some cocoa, and good roasty bitterness. Creamy, especially once it warms. Not overpowering, but very nice nonetheless.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - JAN 2, 2003
Draft at Brewpub. Very clean stout with black patent and roasted flavors dominating. No BS diacetyl in this one. Strong and flavorful. Bid body and excellent lingering finish.


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