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RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Rich, full bodied and surprisingly smooth this Imperial Stout has a big roast hit up front balanced by ample hop bitterness.


SamGamgee's rating

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SamGamgee (2451) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Bomber. Pretty solid black color with a pale tan head. Decent retention and moderate size. A little bit of earthy, stale coffee in the aroma. Almost some mushrooms and whisky. Odd. No sweetness or fruit apparent. The flavor is also pretty dry and light for the style. A little earthy smoke and coffee in the finish. Bitterness is moderate to high. Works the dry, roasty stout angle decently but I’d like to see more malt depth if not more sweetness.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
onceblind (5413) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Inky black with a thin foamy head of a light tan hue. Earthy nose with some roasted black malt tones. The flavor is a bit boozy and earthy and bland, just roasted black malt in there and some gentle char, and light booze. Really one dimensional and disappointing.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2227) - USA - JUN 15, 2015
This has a sticky, foamy head on a dark pour. The flavors features full on dark malts. Coffee, rye, and chocolate blend together into a sturdy whole. It starts sweet and then finishes sharp and hoppy. There is toasted coffee and cola in the aroma. A very good IS and offered at a good price, too.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
maley1 (891) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 5, 2015
Black pour with small beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and hint of hops. Taste of roasted malts, coffee, unsweetened chocolate, hint of caramel and faint hops. Full bodied, perfect carbonation and perfectly balanced. Everything works together great in this beer with no over the top flavors or bitterness that is characteristic of this style. Just a nice smooth excellent beer!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2612) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAY 6, 2015
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber. There is a ton of coffee in this beer, some bitter chocolate, light caramel maltiness, fruity alcohol notes, and a firm bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dodgrblu (677) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 8, 2015
22 ounce bottle from BevMo in Sacramento, a lot of bitterness, coffee, medium disappearing head.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hotmailmsn (2) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2015 does not count
despite the imperial stout characteristics, i especially love its bitterness (hoppy)! overall, good beer!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (8617) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Pour on tap at Union Barrelhouse, darkblack pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, chocolate, coffee into a bit of roast, slight caramel with a hint of vanilla, slight sweet molasses. Taste was a mix of thick roast, coffee intoa slight dark chocolate, cocoa powder type note with a hint of dark caramel, finishing slightly sweet, slightly roasted.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (726) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 15, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate and vanilla, some cocoa. Flavour is lighter bodied than expected, but nice chocolate and cocoa notes, pretty flavourful. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG111 (570) - New York, USA - MAR 8, 2015
On tap at the brewery. Pours black, tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Flavor is similar. Really unremarkable for an imperial stout.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (4266) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 3, 2015
22 ounce bottle. Pours almost black with a nice tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and some coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, and some vanilla. Finish is somewhat bitter. Nice.


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