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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Fourth in our series this is Dan’s "Unplugged Imperial Stout". This beer is handcrafted for you with the same care that English brewers used when the brewed Imperial Stouts for the Russian Royal Family. This is a strong beer brewed with lots of black barley. Back home that makes this beer an excellent candidate for laying down in your beer cellars.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
cperry8483 (41) - Platteville, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Lousy as far as Imperial Stouts go, but pretty good as far as average beers go. A bit overcarbonated and bland, this would be better classified as just a stout rather than deceiving folks into thinking they were getting something a bit more rich. Otherwise, a solid effort from NG.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Bottle shared by nolankowal and courtesy of brigaadier. Aroma of chocolate and sweet malts. Flavor was chocolate and some bitterness. Not as dark as usual for a imperial stout. Had a little off after taste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (4894) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2006
12 oz bottle, via Ofortuna. Pours a dark black colored body under a small brown head that fell to a thin creamy film. Aroma is roasty with some chocolate fudge, caramel, quite a bit of yeast, light alcohol, and black patant malt. You can smell a little age on this as well. Flavor has taken on a nice aged character to it, mostly papery and cardboard notes, especially on the finish. Still quite roasty with a light chalkiness and some caramel. Prominant earty yeast on the finish as well. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and quite creamy in texture with low soft pleasant carbonation. Overall, I’m glad to have the opportunity to try this one. Still holding up quite well and very much worth seeking out.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2006
Bottle shared by nolankowat, and thanks to brigaadier for trading it: Black pour with a tan head. Aroma, chocolate and roasted coffee, and dark fruits. Flavor, chocolate, coffee, some roasty bitterness. Pretty solid.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Ah, managed to stash several of these away in my cellar. Also, for trading as well....hint, hint. The second of their unplugged series and very well worth the wait. Nice aroma of grapefruit and citrus giving way to roasted malt. The palate gives way to the above, but with an added dose of chocolate as well. Decent body, but not what I would expect from a stout. However, the alcohol is very well hidden and I have a hard time finding it at all. Light on the carbonation which helps one to appreciate the pleasant marriage of malt and hops. Very good release from Dan and Deb.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (2915) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2006
12 oz bottle

Thanks to hezron for opening this at the end of the night. It has had at least two years on it by now - the bottle is hand labeled January 2005. Chances are it may be a little older. I wish I could have had a fresh bottle to compare it to, but based on this sample it did not impress me very much. It was well done but hardly excellent - the field of imperial stouts contains too many stars for ’good enough’ to draw high marks.

Aroma / Appearance - A thin dirty beige head slid down the sides of the sample glass. It floated for a while on top of the deep black body, never really subsiding completely but definitely getting smaller. Plum, chocolate, vanilla, mocha, cherries and pears highlight an aroma you would expect from an imperial stout. It is not nearly as rich as many but there is still enough aroma to fit in well.

Flavor / Palate - The first sip is oatmeal, mocha, anise and raisins. A bitterness sits in the back of the mouth for about five minute before fading into the background. Overall it is very creamy but not as dense or complex as I would expect. On the plus side, it is very accessible and easy to drink. Whereas something like Expedition or Breakfast Stout might scare some people away from imperial stouts, this one is an easy introduction to the style. The finish is dry and bitter. It leaves very little taste in the throat. I’m glad to have tried this, but it shows that even breweries like New Glarus have room for improvement.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8848) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2006
12oz bottle acquired in trade with Ughmash (thanks!). Poured a dark black (with light brown at the edges) and a larged sized brown head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, dark fruits, and some toasted nuts. Tastes of roast, chocolate, dark fruits, and a light coffee finish. Alcohol content hidden. I found the body to be on the light side for a Imperial Stout although it was very easy to drink.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 5, 2006
Berry like fruitiness, dark chocolate, powdered cocoa and a slight citrus tang in the aroma along with abundant roastiness. Opaque jet black body is topped by a low off white/tan head that recedes rapidly to a partial cover and ring. Very sweet malty flavour with dates, figs and berries leading through to fair finishing bitterness. Mild roast malt character and powdered dark cocoa round out the sweetness. Slight tang in the aftertaste. Medium full body is somewhat sticky with moderate carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT, Rastacouere and Siroy.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2006
[ Bottled ; chilled ; dates are unknown ]
A mostly lasting small creamy tan head tops up a near opaque black body. Moderate lacing. No particles seen. No bubbles. Aroma, while overall faint, presents malt being heavy roasted /toasted/burnt with small overtones of nutty while hops are barely noticeable ... Yeast character is heavy fruitiness. Also, there are evident evocations of chocolate. The oatmeal is present. Initial flavor is moderate chocolate/nuts with fruits overtones. Finish is abrupt . medium body... creamy texture... Lively carbonation...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6125) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2006
Rather dark, not quite opaque pour wearing a light brown ring. Well defined roastiness balances out the surprisingly obvious pale malt flavours (toasty, fruity). Mostly light aroma, but feeling balanced. Powdery chocolate complements harmonious blackberries and blueberries. Almost absent alcohol. Sweet palate lets soft balancing hops just enough room. Highly active carbonation (would have wished more head then), medium bodied. Well balanced throughout, but kinda unexciting ultimately.


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