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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
For 2007 the brewers have selected a blend of 7 malts and 7 hops to create our unique annual limited release. When you decide to open this, you will notice a pitch black ale that pours with small brown head. The aroma is full of citrusy and floral notes, not only from the hops added from the boil but also the hops added after fermentation, the dry hop stage. Finally, one taste of this years beer and you will understand why it is so dark, roasted chocolately and malty flavors are abundant from the various dark malts that make up so much of the recipe. It is extremely limited, extremely strong and extremely original, because as we like to say around here "Its all about extremes!"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5464) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Received a 750 ml bottle from Secret Santa 07. Pours a hazy dark brown brew with no head. Texture is thick and syrupy with aroma of soy sauce, molasses and dark chocolate. Taste is smooth, thick, full bodied with no carbonation. This heavy brew has flavors of dark chocolate, dark pitted fruits, molasses, some toffee and a touch of caramel. Finish is smooth, silky, with a port-like and bourbon finish that really sticks to your throat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4804) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Thank you Skyview! Murky black color with no head. Strong aroma of soy sauce and molasses. Big coffee, chocolate, soy and sweet malt flavors. A little spearmint. Everything blends together and makes it almost like a port or Madeira. I like it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 16, 2008
Courtesy of Skyview (thanks!). Very dark filmy brown with no head. Sweet caramel and a touch of bourbon on the nose. Prune, root beer, and bourbon in the flavor along with a touch or roasted malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Another very short filled bottle that was actually better than the flat ’06. Black pour, small white head. Aroma is sweet chocolate and has a sugary sweetness. Flavor is sweet, fruity esters, cloying sweetness, slightly roasty and chocolate. Espresso as it warms. Creamy mouthfeel with a hoppy aftertaste. Not bad at all but nothing to justify the price, not bashing but I’m never seeking these Newport Storms again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcox90 (1861) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 13, 2008
750 ml bottle acquired from Alldaydrinker. Beautiful cobalt blue bottle. Pours an opague deep black with some brown edges when held up to the light. There is absolutely no head or lace with this brew. That was the first of the brews flaws. This brew is dead flat, no carbonation at all. Nose was of chocolate, dark fruits and soy. Taste was at first chocolate and roasted malts, but after awhile the flavor of soy became strong. The brew reminds me of the ’94 Sam Adams Triple Bock I rated several months ago. Palate was thin & flat. This brew would benefit from a bit of additional carbonation. Do I regret trading for this? Absolutely not! Any time you get the chance to trade for a rare limited release, you do it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (8321) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2008
[919-20071205] 750mL (c/o DragonStout, w/ him, boboski, PhillyBeer2112, redlight). Bit of sweet chocolate roasted malt in the aroma. Dark dark brown body with quick off-white bubbles. Sweet coffee chocolate syrup flavour is a little burnt but not sickly. Medium-full body. Nice roasty brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3490) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2008
650 ml bottle

Despite the slightly lower score this was an improvement on the previous release. Once again thanks to Chris for sharing it. As far as imperial stouts go it needs some work. As far as beers in general go I wouldn’t mind giving this another go. As I said before though I am not going to actively hunt this down.

Aroma / Appearance - There was no head to speak of above the fluid black body. For an imperial stout it was unusually sweet. The rest of the expected nose was there in the form of plums, chocolate, iced tea and a trace amount of simple hops.

Flavor / Palate - Coffee, dark chocolate and plum were anticipated. The taste of chilled iced tea was not. The bitterness in the finish made me go back to the Lake Louie imperial stout. For the style it was easy to drink though not exactly sessionable. Everything about it could be improved including the thin mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JAN 5, 2008
Bottle from Alldaydrinker. Poured pitch black with no head. Sweet chocolate flavor hints of caramel and vanilla. easy to drink, on the sweetish side, enjoyable, but abit thin, nice though!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 24, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2009 bomber poured into a snifter, dark non transparent brown in color bordering on black, light carbination that is typical for this yearly release. aroma of chocolate malt, dark chocolate, plumb, vanilla, caramel, light coffee, and surprisingly light alcohol for a 10.8%. taste is medium mouth feel, chocolate on the front of the tongue, somewhat thick caramel chocolate malt, slight background hops add a nice layer as well. as it warmed it became more sticky and barley wine like as there other years have been but this one is definitely a huge improvement from the past. also noticed some dark cherry and slight wood, so smooth and drinkable for the 10.8% have been saving this one for Christmas eve and here it is. big beer for these guys and will taste much better with some time on it, will get some more this summer when up in ri. to put away.may have rated a notch higher but the ommegang indulgence was better the other night.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Thanks to Dragonstout for sharing this one. Chocolate and vanilla, sweet aroma. Pours dark brown. Sweet coffee, vanilla, chocolate, very creamy, with a slight spiciness in the flavor.

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