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RATINGS: 205   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2006
GABF 2006. Do these guys make a bad beer? This is one excellent imp stout. Very reminiscent of Old Rasputin. I want more of this one.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9042) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2010
On tap at Stone. Black pour, tan head. Wonderful toasty and hoppy aroma melds with the espresso and chocolate notes. Flavor is creamy, roasty, bitter chocolate, spicy hops, roasted malt. Damn good.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2006
On tap at Carlsbad on 6/30/06: Pours a very opaque, viscous black with a nice, dense, well-lacing tan head. Rich caramel malty and roasty aroma has some good mild dark fruit notes. Body starts with a full, sweet palate, lots of caramel and milk chocolate flavor and a good dark fruity complexity. Balanced with a nice, fresh piney hop bitterness thoughout, hiding the alcohol. A very nice, complex and enjoyable imperial stout!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
On tap at Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival. Shared with too many ratebeerians to list (see event attendies). Chris mentioned something about a barrel aged version of this coming up. Great, with similarity to Stone’s RIS. Great tan microbubble head. My 2nd favorite of the festival.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
phredrik (1010) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - MAY 14, 2012
Tap @ S&B. Best Pizza Port beer of the evening, and one of the best American Imperial Stouts I’ve had to date. I didn’t take notes as I drank it, but this is a beer that I won’t forget until later this afternoon. The aroma was amazing and had lots of chocolate - dark bitter cocoa, chocolate ganache, muscovado sugar, some roasted bitterness and coffee notes. Sweet hints of vanilla, chocolate milk and dates. Small hints of citrusy and fruity hops in the back and just enough. Amazingly balanced, hugely complex. The taste was just as good as the aroma - huge sweetness and chocolate notes - dark bitter chocolate, roasted malts, silky smooth vanilla and caramel sweetness. Then a delicious balance of coffee bitterness and hops - nice bitterness and subtle notes of citrus and grapefruit. I was amazed at how balanced and well tasting this beer was - it really stood out on a night SO full of good beers. Top 3 non-barrel aged imperial stout for me - amazing beer!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (1972) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2006
Draft at O’brien’s. Very dark pour with a nice creamy tan head. Aromas were mostly coffee with some chocolate notes. Flavors were coffee too with some bitter dark chocolate when you got to the finish. Alcohol flavor was there too, but not overwheming. Pretty darn tasty.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
danem (14) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2007
On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Wow! Pours pitch black, fine head around the glass edge. Aromas of heavy roasted malt and caramel. Immediately rich, creamy, malty with a light hop finish. Almost no alcohol warmth detected. A real treat.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2009
On tap at Johnny Brown’s Dtwon SD from Pizza Port Carlsbad. Pours a black beauty with a 1" tan head, my personal favorite. Has a strong coffee aroma with roasted malt. Flavor is OH SO smooth and creamy, chocolate candy bar and coffee hints with a slight bourbon as it warms. This was absolutely delicious!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
p1meatloaf (208) - California, USA - JUN 6, 2011
in sniffer at urge gastropub in sd. Little thin light brown head. black as night look. smells like chocolate and sweet toasty alc. Not too strong of alc though. Tastes of chocolate malts and an aged complexity. A bit of a barrel aged twang. Also toasty Caramel bourbon alc bite. No lacing at all. Overall 9 of 10

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (10254) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2012
Sour and bitter 2012. Pitch black beer, small brown head. Malty licorice aroma, roasted, chocolate, cocoa, milky, vanilla notes, vinous notes. Chocolate flavor, milky, licorice notes, salty, bitter hops, nice body and with alcohol well hidden.


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