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RATINGS: 168   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 378   ABV: 12.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Smoked Imperial Stout. Part of the 2010 Pop Ten Series. December 2010.

Rebrewed in 2014


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (8369) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 1, 2012
Bottle shared at Woodshop 7, 2012. Huge barrel nose, a lot of vanilla, quite fruity. Sweet flavor, chocolate, berries, lots of fruit, nice tang. Very soft and oily. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (17458) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2012
Tasting at Papss
Black color; small brown head. Nice aroma, roasted malts, biscuity, with leather. God body strength; very good flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, some cookies, leather, tar; a bit salty too; medium sweetness, strong bitterness, and pleasant alcohol warmth. Excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Served in a midnight sun glass. Beer is black and dark with a thin tan head of small wispy bubbles. Some lacing. Low carbonation. Aroma is boozy, sweet, anise, nice. A little boozer than I thought. Medium to big in body. Fudge, sweet, smoke, licorice, nice. Good finish. Mildly bitter. I enjoyed it. Serving type: bottle

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (7725) - Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2012
22 oz. bottle shared by AmEricanbrew @ RBWG 11. Pours very dark brown to black with a dense tan head. The aroma has roasted malts, caramel, dark berries, chocolate, mild meaty smoke, fudge and vanilla. The flavors are much of the same. The smoke character is well integrated. Decadent caramel, berries, chocolate to this one. Full bodied and chewy. I had this a second time at a local tasting with no change in experience.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 3, 2012
The most viscous beer Ive seen...pitch black. Nose is heavy on dark fruits, roasted malts, some funkish oak. Very thick and oily...flavors are of dark fruits, some smoked meats and coffee. Unbelievable!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2012

Date: March 24, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, HMOG
Appearance: opaque dark brown, wispy tan head
Aroma: sweet bourbon and chocolate aroma, vanila sweetness
Flavor: sweet chocolate flavor, caramel and vanilla from the rich bourbon character
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (1236) - New York, USA - APR 17, 2012
Bottle, 04/17/2012, thanks to DrOrpheous. Pours an impressively thick and syrupy black, thin but dense tan head, eventually fades. Aroma of rich chocolate fondue, charred wood, vanilla and roast marshmallow, dark molasses and touch of anise with oaky vinous edge, light smoky overtones that become more subtle with warming. Taste has heavy roasted malts upfront, dark chocolate with licorice and tannic spice, bitter, boozy base- smoky quality is felt rather than tasted throughout. Dense, chewy palate, really awesome.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2012
From notes. Bar Fly pours completely black with a small tan head. The cap stays around for a minute before fading to a few wisps. The aroma is fairly sweet; sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, and molasses. The flavor is very smooth, blending all of the flavors together in harmony, and follows the nose while being a little bit less sweet. There are some red wine notes and slight tannic nature in the middle of the sip. Lactose, chocolate, roasted malt base, red wine, a bit of coffee, vanilla, and oak. Silky smooth, thick, creamy, chewy, and viscous. The carbonation is creamy. Overall this is a pretty fantastic beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 29, 2012
22oz bottle thanks to americanbrew. Pitch black pour with lots of tan head. Nose of anise, bourbon, oak, and chocolate. More smoke in the flavor than aroma with dark fruit and chocolate. Very unique and complex.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dunt (301) - Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Reviewed from notes. Opened up at StoutFests birthday celebration. Pitch black in color with a fingers worth of reddish brown head on the pour. Completely opaque in clarity. There is really nice balance in the nose. It is heavy on the milk chocolate and red wine and is balanced out magnificently by the smoke. Having this side by side with Kate, I much preferred the nose on Bar Fly. The taste mirrors the nose, the beer starts off decadent chocolate and lush red wine. Smoke meets the palate early and persists throughout the sip along with the red wine. The mouthfeel is heavy, but smooth nonetheless. Some alcohol bite, but its well masked overall. One of my favorite imperial stouts to date. This beer has superior balance between the smoke and red wine and is a must for anyone that considers themself a stout lover.


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