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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12033) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10691) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Bottle shared by CaptainCougar. Pours black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is chocolate and roast malt, dates and prunes, light earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant, light smoke, dark fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9272) - San Diego County, 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

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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (5794) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4786) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 29, 2010
On tap at Moat. Pours mahogany-tinged black into a shaker. No head, but mocha hugs rim. Burnt chocolate aromas. Dry and sweet with chocolate upfront and a lasting espresso finish. Served too cold.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (4385) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Bottle # 390 Brew # 1162. Slow poor into a snifter produced large foamy, thick, abundant off white head. Head covers the snifter on the way down. Nose of slight alcohol and malt. Taste is roasted malt with a hint of chocolate in the finish. Mouthfeel is silky and creamy. Medium almost full bodied. I paid $13.99 for this bottle, we think $14 could be spent on a much better brew.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrChopin (3575) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnnniee (2833) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Overly expensive 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a solid black with no light penetration. smallish tan head dissipates quickly to a ring around the top of the glass. Smells of roast caramel, toffee, and chocolate, spicy perfumy hops, touches of alcohol and a slight smoky phenolic in there as well. Taste is roasty and smoky, mix up with some chocolate, caramel, and spicy hops. The body on this one starts off really thick, but somehow finishes quite dry on the palette with a lingering smoky roasty-ness. Low level of carbonation, creamy smooth mouthfeel. This is not the worst stout I’ve set to my lips, but certainly not worth the 20 dollar price tag. The body could be a little thicker, and I think the smoke is too strong and detracts more than it enhances this brew. One and done for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puboflyons (2489) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 26, 2011
#360 of brew no. 1162. The pour is very dark brown with ruby red hues glistening in the light. Nice frothy brown head. Not as black as I expected for an Impy Stout. Smoky aromas on the nose to start followed by an enticing maltiness and mellow alcohol bite. The body is heavy and creamy. Warming on the tongue. The taste is comfortably bitter but there is not a lot of chocolate sensations happening. The bottle costs about $20. This is worth trying but it might be cheaper to try it on tap at the pub itself. And I do not think this beer is widely available outside of NH.


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