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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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Rich, full bodied and surprisingly smooth this Imperial Stout has a big roast hit up front balanced by ample hop bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dslam (43) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 28, 2014
Pored from a 6 oz bottle. Extremely dark with some beige head. Smooth to the sip and flavourful on first contact. Coats the mouth with a very light film and a lasting taste. Not bitter at all, and fairly easy to drink. Here is my dilemma, it is not as heavy as one would expect from an imperial stout, which makes nice to drink with a hearty meal and gives you the taste you would be looking for. However, if you want a stout to replace your meal and fill you up, this is the wrong beer. Since I am eating right now, I am going to say good job Ninkasi, for making an imperial stout for the taste and without the bulk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pictoman (485) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 28, 2014
Poured from 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle. Brownish black with tan head. Roast malt, mild sweet, mild bitter. Overall pretty average. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Bomber from Bevmo in Vacaville, CA. Nice Imp stout with all the usual flavors. Medium bodied brew with hints of chocolate. Biggest con was a lingering sweet aftertaste, Overall a decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Appearance: Pours dark brown with a thin tan film atop.

Aroma: chocolate like malt, herbal hops, anise.

Taste: Bitter chocolate-like roast, spicy herbal hops, black dark roast coffee, semi sweet chocolate. Lingers.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied lively carbonation.

Overall: One of the most smooth Imperial Stouts Iíve ever had. Not that I mind an impy with some sharp bitterness and sharp roast, this was a pleasant change of pace for me. Solid offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
manisthebeer (240) - squamish, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2014
smells very dark chocolate like or bitter pours hella black with a sweet slightly bitter smelling head taste is smooth rich and sweet but also bitter from the hops it is a very well balanced stout good job guys

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2531) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle smuggled back from San Diego. Aroma is intense bittersweet coffee. Flavor is surprisingly smooth with a little bit of vanilla and light purple fruits. Followed up by the roasty coffee malt flavors. Finish is long with a bittersweet coffee tinge. Enjoy the couple of flavors I am getting but the complexity and body does not compare to many of the big boys here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HughConway (792) - Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Bomber bottle. Pourís dark black, tan head. Slight roast nose, clear roast chocolate taste, nice finish. An imperial porter, not thick enough for a stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 25, 2014
07-Jan-14 (22-oz bottle, part of Ninkasi Variety 4-Pack: Purchased 12-Dec-11 for $14.99 at BevMo in San Diego/Mira Mesa, CA)
Damn, what a difference two years makes. This has been cellared for two years and compared (almost) back to back with a fresh bottle, and this beer is so much more enjoyable to me. It pours a black body with an inch of tan head that settles to a creamy, unbroken sheet and tall ring, leaving ringed and spotty lacing on the glass. The highly aromatic nose is wonderfully malty, with aromas of buttered toast, toffee, caramel, molasses, chocolate, and prune. Itís just as yummy on the palate too, with delicious flavors of buttered, moderately toasted bread, chocolate, prune, raisin, caramel, maple syrup, and toffee. Itís full bodied but not heavy or syrupy, the carbonation is moderate, and the beer is very smooth and well balanced on the palate. Overall, this is a really nice beer. Iím still not sure itís an Imperial Stout, but comes across more like a strong Foreign Stout. Unless theyíve changed the recipe in the last two years, though, I find this beer to be considerably more enjoyable with some cellaring. (8, 4, 8, 4, 17 = 4.1)

04-Jan-14 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 04-Jan-14 for $5.99 at The Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in San Diego, CA)
This beer pours a dark brown body thatís not opaque except through the center. The tan head pours to about an inch before receding to a wide ring and dusty sheet, leaving spotty lace on the glass. The nose is oddly floral, spicy, and candy-like, with aromas of sweet, almost sugary malt, dark roast, licorice, dried fruit, On the palate, itís big and malty, but doesnít seem to fit the typical Imperial Stout profile. Perhaps thatís the heavy use of hops, giving the beer a floral and herbal character. The malty base is very sweet, with roasty flavors that are moderately bitter. Thereís also a strong flavor of licorice candy. Itís full bodied, but part of the weight seems to come from the sugary. In fact, the sweet to bitter balance tilts decidedly toward the sweet side, so while itís not cloying, itís getting there. Carbonation is light-medium. Overall, this is just an odd Imperial Stout. The fact that Ninkasi doesnít call it an Imperial Stout per se, but a "High Gravity" stout might be telling. Nevertheless, as far as bigger, higher alcohol stouts go, this one is middle of the road at best. (7, 3, 6, 3, 13 = 3.2)

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Adsabine (1) - Mission, CANADA - JAN 17, 2014 does not count
I am new to home brewing all grain, I am not a fan of stouts but this was great! I am unworthy to be critical, but this was not overwelming like most stouts are, I am a fan of hops but I didnít taste a lot of hops, I am a fan of late hop additions, I will remain a fan of Ninkasi!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trapped (756) - New York City, TURKEY - JAN 7, 2014
Bottle. Pours inky black with milk-chocolate creamy head, very light roasted malt aroma, bitter burnt taste, full body with strong kick of alcohol at the background, long finish. Surprisingly smooth for that high alcohol content, but with a long standing bitter aftertaste.

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