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RATINGS: 1149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Everything but the kitchen sink…Great Western Premium Two Row, Wheat, Carvienne, Caramunich, 95-115, 135-165L Crystal Malts, Chocolate, Roasted and Black Barley and Pale Chocolate. We also add some Brown Sugar and some Dark Belgian Candi Sugar to boost the Original Gravity. The beer is hopped with East Kent Goldings, Mt. Hood, Liberty, and Challenger. It is unfiltered with an OG of 1.094 and 10.0% ABV. Proprietary Ale Yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Bottle from Lou. Deep dark brown in color with a nice tan head. Coffee and chocolate aroma. Malty. Olives. Roasty olives. Huge malty roasty flavors. Full bodied. Smooth tasting. Caramel notes. Enjoyable beer. Drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Bottle from Lou18 at the Jimmack invitational gathering. Deep dark brown, tan head. Roasty olive, coffee and chocolate aroma. Big rich malt flavors, roasty cofee, unsweetened chocolate. Clight alcohol. Has aging potential. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Thanks to IPFreely for this one. Aroma is chocolaty, malty, slightly fishy with dark caramel. Huge head for an IS. Flavor is super bittersweet roast malt, cocoa, tar, oak, cherry. Yum. A bit overcarbonated for my tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2005
About damn time to rate this jewel. Pours a beautiful deep black color with a miniaml tan head. Nose is great roasty chocolate and coffee malts. Flavor is more roasty malts with a touch of mellowness....light spice. Very full bodied....smooth, very smooth. The more of these Pizza Port ales I have the more I like!. The finish is bitter and somewhat dry....alcohol riding hight all the way..nice ale...great impy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Dark brown pour, thick fizzy brown head... fades into a creamy thin covering. Dry chocolatey malt with port barrel, brown sugar, and wet hops for a fresh green touch on the aroma. Rich brown sugary chocolate covered cherries, slight smoked green hops and slight coffee finish. Full body, but very fizzy mouthfeel, not too fond of that part. Overall, good stout, I just wish it was easier to get down, rather than have it fizz up in my mouth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DarkElf (3037) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 10, 2005
(750 ml bottle: $7.99 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) Bottle # 202. After trading away almost all my bottles, I finally get to rate this local favorite. I’ve had it on tap a few times, and had some small samples at informal gatherings, but now I get a whole bottle to myself where I can spend an hour or so savoring every single drop that comes out of this bottle. It pours with one of the largest heads I’ve ever seen from an Imperial Stout. Poured into a Duvel tulip, I get at least four fingers of dark tan head that is taking a long time to settle down. The color is pitch black, fully opaque, even when held to a bright light. Earth, mushroom, and yeast are the dominant flavors I’m getting, somewhat sweet, with roast in there too, but to a lesser degree. Not surprising for the style, there is a fair amount of roast in the flavor, and it’s quite sweet and bitter as well, but I have to be clear on this, it’s not a huge, roasty Imperial Stout. In fact, roast isn’t even the most noticeable flavor here for me. What jumps out is tart cherry. There’s a fairly lengthy beer description on the label, but cherry is nowhere to be seen, and they say it’s not fruity, but I’m really getting a fairly strong tart cherry presence in the flavor. This is absolutely a good thing. Seemingly, most Imperial Stouts just load up on sweet, roasty flavor, and they’re all starting to run together for me, and so it seems I’’ve become partial to those with a cherry influence. Aside from simply loving the flavor, the juxtaposition of the tartness totally breaks up the sweetness, so the beer is nicely balanced, refreshing, and isn’t even remotely cloying on the palate. Since the palate is somewhat refreshed by the tartness, it’s not hugely heavy and sticky, again, another plus. Still, this is a full bodied brew, beefy and somewhat chewy. Carbonation level seems absolutely perfect on the palate. And after all this sipping of the beer and all the yapping about it, I’ve finished most of the glass, and the head is still fully covering the beer with about an eighth-inch layer. No lacing, though. Overall, this beer is outstanding, unusual for sure, but I think that is what makes it one of my very top Imperial Stouts. Now maybe I wish I kept a few more bottles for myself. Just incredible stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - MAY 2, 2005
#287 Black with a hint of red. A nice, small cocoa colored head. Slightly sharp aroma of chocolate, hops, coffee, milk. Minimal roastiness. Strong roasted front hit with a creamy, full mouthfeel. Hops are still present on the finish. Complex, lingering. Warming alcohol presence. This stuff kicks ass!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1728) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2005
Bottle #545, courtesy of Sick_boy282. Pours darK brown, with a very large tan/brown head. Aromas are roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit. Flavor is very much like the aroma, with the dark fruit seeming more like slightly sour cherries and oranges. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, and the body is on the full side. A very nice treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5436) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2005
#399... Poured a dark red, brown (nearly opaque) color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, cherries, vanilla, oak, and brown sugar. Taste of roast, chocolate, port, cherries, apples, and slight alcohol. Really nice, thanks cquiroga!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2005
March Tosa Tasting. Black liquid with a tight tan bubbles. Aromas of berries, blue cheese, light chocolate, mild smoked coffee and gentle barnyard yeast. thinner feels with a mild acidic touch. A belgian stout this one be. More subtle in flavor with dark chocolate, light roasted coffee, lactic milk stout qualitie with peat all leading to a candi dryness. Hops play a significant factor, but are more in the balance then the forefront. An untamed imperial. Fun while it lasted.

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