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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2673) - 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 (805) - 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 (3035) - 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 (897) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3357) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 4, 2014
22 ounce bottle purchased at Nugget in Woodland, CA. The aroma is pretty faint with a bit of an ashiness present. A little char is present, almost like a burger on a grill. Really not much else. Essentially opaque black body present with a medium strong, foamy light tan head. Starts with a moderate unsweetened chocolate flavoring. Light bitterness and light roastiness follow. Becomes a bit metallic late. Ethanol is hidden well, and this had a nice, velvety mouthfeel. Not too sweet. A nicely balanced Imperial Stout that is woefully underrated. Of course, the aroma could use some improving.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerbeer (2001) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2014 650 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with light tan head. Light aromas of black coffee and dried roasted malts. Light flavors of vanilla, dark chocolate, ash and alcohol. Cleansing carbonation. Not too impressive but will go well with minted chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Salmoniform (1001) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Poured from tap to glass. Dark brown with reddish hue and creamy tan head. Aroma is toffee, floral, roasted malt, coffee, molasses. Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body and average carbonation...almost nitro like. Taste is sweet initially with astringent bitterness in the finish. Overall this is a pretty nice imperial stout although a bit hoppier than a traditional brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Bomber from BevMo. Pours fairly dark, but not pitch black. Lighty roasted nose with a touch of milky sweetness. Sugary/milky up front with a bit of roasted coffee. Alcohol is well hidden. Decent stout, but underwhelming for an impy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Storm_Shadow (115) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2013
Bomber. Pours very dark brown almost black. Very small quickly disappearing tan head. Roasted flavour with hints of choclate, coffee, caramel and malt. Slight alcohol taste.

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