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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
RedSox2004 (1306) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Pours black with a one-finger tan head, solid retention and very nice lace. Aromas of dark chocolate, roast coffee, a touch of dark fruit, smoke, and some alcohol. Flavors were somewhat more robust, with semisweet baking chocolate, espresso and roast up front with hints of dark fruit and warming alcohol. Full body, rich creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation and a touch of bitterness in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6968) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle, shared at Thanksgiving dinner with guests, either 2011 or 2012 vintage, I can’t recall. Surprisingly "undense" pour for an impy, medium brown with golden highlights. Milk chocolate, aniseed, light coffee, moderate bitterness. Can an imperial stout seem "lighter", but still satisfy? Oddly enough, this one does.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
liquidhedonism (121) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - OCT 8, 2014
22 oz bottle from QFC in Portland, OR. Aroma is malty and smokey, with hints of coffee and ash. Mouthfeel and taste begins creamy and sweet, and finishes slightly dry and astringent. I like the hop/malt balance and fact that the beer hides the high alcohol content very well. As is usual for me, I don’t care for the smokiness and dry finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
julesjis (96) - Oregon, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Poured from a 22. Color is a nice chestnut brown. Aroma has a burnt malt nose and first sip definitely has a burnt malt, plasticy flavor. As the beer warmed the flavors came together a bit more, but still got an overwhelming burnt grain and bitter grass flavor. Interesting beer. Half a glass was plenty for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerFunGuy (708) - California, USA - OCT 8, 2014
You really taste the gravity. It pulls you in. A huge attractive force. It has a pleasant inviting mild aroma but huge flavors. Taste one draws you to taste two. Then the gravity grabs you and pulls you to the bottom of the bottle. It leaves you thinking 'how did I get here so fast?' ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mbgrayson (548) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Pours very dark brown with a cream colored head. Aroma of malts and a bit of chocolate. Taste is dark and a bit sweet. It is very smooth and drinkable. Not as complex as some Imperial Stouts. Very inexpensive compared to many. Thumbs up.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
davidjh01 (1) - - SEP 26, 2014 does not count
Bought on a whim because it sounded interesting. Rich roast malt flavor with a nice balance. 9% ABV made itself known at first taste but overall a nice finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
"Dark chocolate, licorice and mocha abounds. A little light for the style but so drinkable and smooth it kinda makes up for it. Not a hoppy Imperial, but enough for balance."

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12777) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 15, 2014
Dark brown, rich molasses aroma with some nice dark sugars. Medium body for style, but rich slightly sticky texture. A balanced, tasty impy, lighter but really good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (12951) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle shared with jackl, thanks! Clear very dark maroon brown color, beige head. Aroma of chocolate and licorice candy. Taste is lightly spiced peppermint, dark cocoa, coffee. Very nice.


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