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RATINGS: 158   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 378   ABV: 12.6%
Smoked Imperial Stout. Part of the 2010 Pop Ten Series. December 2010.

Rebrewed in 2014

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10083) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Midnight black ale with a small, creamy, beige head. The olfactory highlights for me are the notes of fudge, vanilla and blueberry that I’m able to pull from the glass. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and modest carbonation. The deeply roasted flavor provides sweet fudge, vanilla and fruity berries with very mild acrid and acidic components. Finishes sweet and caramely. Kudos to 50belair for sharing this world class bottle of beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2956) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Bottle shared at the District. Dark brown pour with a small tan head. Caramel malts and booze aromas. I don’t get the smoke in either the nose or the taste. A delicious stout with loads of caramel, dark roasted malts, and chocolate notes. Sweet...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2012
My Bottom Line :
Dark chocolate, caramel and bready cereals envelop this Imperial Stout’s resinous hop bitterness for a well-crafted albeit unremarkable sipper.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A veil of foam tops the blackness.
-Smoked? The smoke character is way too subtle to deserve a prominent mention on the label.
-Alcohol is well hidden by the rich sugars.
-Floral allusions are built by the hops.
-This is easy to sip on even though the mouthfeel is plump.

Bottle. Thx to whoever shared this at Coffee District!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cpetrone84 (1705) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2012 Had again Dec. 2011. Still good, quick notes, rich chocolate and sweet malt, underlying smokey notes. A bit sweeter than I remember. ********** Pours is a viscous opaque black with a thick dark tan head and solid retention. The nose has light hints of smoke and ash, roasted malts, light chocolate notes with some sweet anise and strong wood behind. The taste is well balanced with roasted malts and a rich chocolate brownie component. Dark fruits and faint smoke notes accompany a woody finish. The feel is full bodied, smooth and creamy, semi dry finish and gentle carbonation. Very complex, very integrated, and very balanced. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 11, 2011
22oz bottle. Rating #74. Great beer, moderate smoke and just delicious overall, would like more. (2047)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Bomber shared with friends for Dosbeerigos 29th Bday. Not a big smoked beer fan but this was just fantastic. Super dark and thick pour, very oily. Perfect amount of smoke mixed in with vanilla and chocolate. Just outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
McGrupp612 (139) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Poured into a CCB snifter. Black with a small brown head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, booze, dark fruits, burnt coffee and a whisper of smoke. Flavor follows the nose, but is much better than the nose would indicate. Bitter chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, wood, smoked malts and booze are all in perfect harmony. There are other flavors going on as well, but I found myself trying to dissect the flavor of this beer instead of relaxing and enjoying this treat. I would have liked to try this about 6 months ago to get more smoke from it. Full body with medium carbonation. Great beer and worth seeking out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000 (5968) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Thanks to AmericanBrew for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a deep black color with a tan head. The aroma is full of dark fruit and anise, with a lot of chocolate and roasted malt mixed in. The aroma is fairly sweet and is very enjoyable. The flavor is also very complex and interesting. I get a ton of roasted and smoked malt, as well as some sweet milk chocolate notes. The smoke is complimented by a little bit of dark fruit. The alcohol is very well hidden and the beer is very easy to drink. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very glad I got to try this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wchesser (1479) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2011
Bomber. Drank 10/27/11. Diggity dank dark opaque core slightly translucent edges. No head, pretty thick lacing. Nose is your standard oaked imperial-coffee, vanilla, wood, chocolate, and alcohol. But not too driving...probably the weakest aspect. Alchohol is a bit overblown on the nose, but hey, it’s 12.6%. Whoa, Nelly, this beer is looooooooooooooong. Sweet molasses, dried fig, vanilla, wood, and yes, bourbon (this isn’t bourbon aged is it??), maybe some anise? Thick mouthfilling and just the soft side of chewy. Alcohol is noticeable, but not hot at all-much better integrated than on the nose. Coffee, dark chocolate, and vanilla linger forever. So glad I was in Anchorage when this was around to be had. So sad I may never see it again. Note: I didn’t get any smoke (?!)...but I was by a campfire part of the time, but stil smelled everything else and even on smelling later inside got none....doesn’t diminish my love for this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2295) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 18, 2011
Thanks to CaptainCougar! Totally black pour with a small brown head. Nose holds bacon, roasted malt, and bitter baker’s chocolate. The flavor brings forth more mocha, smoky campfire, and sweeter molasses notes. Quite viscous; I dig it.

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