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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
9.% a.b.v. our version of this classic export ale. Unlike most brewers we add a special decoction cycle to our brew day to increase the malty backbone to this once a year specialty. A generous amount of bittering hops balances well with the high roast, chocolate and black malt flavor. Viscosity is high and flavors improve as the ale warms in temperature

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
malrubius (2318) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 1, 2016
Can from Brewtopia. Black with tan ring and some lace. Roasted chocolate coffee woody hops and some dark fruit aroma. Sweet dark chocolate roasted coffee and some tangy dark fruit with woody lingering roasted malt bitterness. Creamy and medium full bodied. Fruitiness is a little heavy body not as rich as expected. Still, definitely drinkable and tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tekstr1der (289) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Pours dark, near black with quickly disappearing tan head leaving it naked on top. At least this allows the rich roasted aroma to come through in force. Flavor has some nice roast with hints of chocolate up front, and a very smooth mouthfeel, but is followed by a slightly astringent finish which detracts - it makes me take another sip, but for the wrong reason.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfontana (373) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 22, 2015
Keg pour at NH Brewfest. Appearance is opaque black, small off-white head ring with mild lacing. Aroma is pleasant roasted malt with bit of liquor, coffee, cocoa. Taste is very sweet, almost too sweet, with a bit of cocoa and coffee as with aroma. Palate is light-to-medium bodied, average texture, finish is mostly sweet with slight bitter balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GIJOE (1014) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Pours black with a thin beige head that dissipates quickly leaving a ring of foam. Nose is boozy malts with notes of dark chocolate and licorice. A hint of vanilla. Taste is balanced: rich malts with a moderate hop bite. Medium body, lively carbonation. Decent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MWMBeerguy (187) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 25, 2014
Wonderful coffee aroma with maybe some fig. Does not smell too roasty but nice and smooth. Smooth drinking beer. Lighter in body than some big stouts but it hides the alcohol well. Decent head retention. Nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tejas (955) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2013
All these imp stouts look the same. This one smells boozier than others. Some coffee and some boozy flavors. Good stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdobbs (411) - New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 9, 2013
Pours a mostly opaque dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing beige head. Has a lightly sweet dark caramel and chocolate malty nose with a touch of dark fruits. Starts with average fullness and effervescent carbonation with a mild dark caramel and chocolate flavor before a drier, roasty bittersweet finish. Could use a little more body and complexity, but is still a decent imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sailracer (473) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle. Nice aroma of chocolate malt. The flavor is of burned malt. A slight hint of alcohol. Ok, but not great.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
davey101 (750) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 11, 2013
2011 Vintage, bottle # 375, brew #1162, 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. Opens with a huge fizz and an instant gush over. Yay, an infection. Normally I don’t review infected beers but since a store had the audacity to mark this beer up and put a fancy "2011 Vintage" post-it note on the bottle....what the hell. Pours a pitch black body with gobs of stereotypical infected foam. Massive initially before fizzing away coca-cola style. Aroma is of char, lightly soured malts, and a dash of chocolate. It honestly doesn’t smell like much though. Taste is similar with light chocolate and char before going into a harsh lactic acid/cherry juice burn. Besides the sour flavor this is mostly devoid of flavor. It’s almost as if the stout base nearly cancels out the infection leaving behind something so neutral and boring that the only reason for a drain pour would be for fear of the empty calories. Regardless I muscled on and finished this beer. I was really hoping for a decent aged stout and was left wondering how a store got $14 from me so easily. Bottle variation, improper storage, or a haphazard hand bottling incident; either way this seems like one to drink fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Bottle shared by Dosbeerigos I believe, or Brewkkake, not sure but thanks! Served close to room temp this one really had a good bit of chocolate going on. Creamy texture and a very silky taste. Pretty good.

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