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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Davhgbrew (942) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Big chocolate aroma. Syrupy and nicely hoppy. Drank very cold. Hops came through with chocolates and some coffee flavors. Consistency is perfect, full but somehow refreshing. The 9% abv abv is very well masked even when cold. Nice crisp and hoppy flavored imperial completely expected from this west coast brewer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trooper (8) - La Quinta, California, USA - DEC 8, 2012 does not count
chocolate, coffee, roasty aroma, black, tan foam appearance. Think and solid brew. heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, followed by roasted chocolate with a touch of malt molasses body. full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, This is a tasty high gravity stout. Nice roast through out the excperiance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (11983) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ninkasi_1982 (2) - - NOV 18, 2011 does not count
Excellent beer. Taste of sweet nuttiness with a hint of coffee. Very smooth for a 9.1% abv beer. One of the top specialties coming from Ninkasi.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Koskela (290) - Marysville, California, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Nice strong chocolate flavor on this deep choc brown ale with a creme light brown head of tiny bubbles. A strong chocolate flavor stay through out this heavy bodied brew with a nice bitter flavor for the balance. After another sip i notice the burn of alcohol at the tail end of the tasteing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gregwilsonstl (1094) - Missouri, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Very smooth. Thin tan head. Dark black. Smells sweet. Minimal head. Bitter chocolate. Very tasty. Thanks Aaron.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxwelldeux (3681) - Everett, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours a near black color with very little head on it whatsoever. Nose definitely hits you with a smack of roasting, with a little bit of dark fruit in there and a slight bit of bitterness. Taste has a lot of roastiness to it and just a hint of fig in there, and finishes rather smooth. Good drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3321) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3841) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 14, 2014
Draft at The Libertine Pub. Nose is chocolate, expresso, and a hint of char. Black with a big heavy lacing beige head. Flavor is chocolate, expresso, white pepperiness, and light bitterness.

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