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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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


1.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
davey101 (751) - 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.

3.6
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawker (16) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Good imperial stout, dark head, nice combination of flavors. Nice hoppy tast

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadRobin (2797) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - JAN 25, 2013
On tap at Moat Mountain Smokehouse & Brewing in North Conway, NH. Opaque black-brown with brown head and very good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, nuts, toffee, caramel and molasses. Taste of roasted malt, toffee, chocolate and molasses. Medium body and high/medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle # 460 Batch # 1395 Sat on this one for a few years thought today be a good time to drink it. Still well carbonated great chocolate aromas’ and a slight coffee note in there as well. Flavor comes off as a sweet mocha flavored drink. A good sipper I’d age this one again, if I could track down the brewer

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (7373) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 2, 2012
22oz bottle pours a watery, translucent deep brown with some cloudy white head. Nose is sugary, malty, bread, chocolate, cola. Flavor is sweet, caramel, toasted bread, flat cola. Medium bodied finish.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2012
dark sepia, thinnest oily white head, ring of smallest bubbles. Nose is burnt, ashy soy, bit of citrus in the finish. Flavor is light cocoa, citrus, bit of paper and prune sugar through the end. Thinnest, softest slick mouth.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13077) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 11, 2012
22oz bottle, thanks CaptainCougar. Small beige head atop cola black body. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, orange/grapefruit, some bittersweet chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/orange, some bittersweet chocolate, light roast. Medium body, some resin, stickiness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Bottle thanks to AirForceHops: 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 11, 2012
651mL. Deep cola pour with a larger, rocky, beige head. Big webby lace. Nice retention. Bitter, hoppy, roasty nose with sharper green olives. Taste is super tangy, light bodied, citric with a drained palate as if infected. Over attenuated for style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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