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RATINGS: 1101   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Rated at the 1/21/06 Indianapolis, IN gathering. Bottle #114, Winter 04-05 vintage thanks to MI2CA. Tan large head that mostly diminished with decent lacing, opaque, no visible carbonation, and a dark brown hue. Nose was chocolate, coffee, malty, and some sugary notes. Roasty, coffee, and chocolate in the flavor. Mouthfeel was somewhat tingly. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2006
From Jan 06 Indy gathering, Thanks to MI2CA. Bottle # 114, 04-05 vintage. Pours dark black with a brown head. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, and vineous standard stout aromas. There is vanilla and oak in the flavor and it is very dry. Roasted malts give it much of the strong character it posesses. A vineous character introduces a little fruityness which flows into the bit of alcohol and drops you off right infront of the very dry finish. It’s a nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Sample from Jan 06 Indy gathering at BW3 downtown - Winter 04-05 vintage - Aroma is chocolate malt, coffee, black licorice, and brown sugar. Pours black with nice brown head and good lacing. Flavor matches aroma with sweet chocolate taking control of the tongue. Palate is creamy and smooth. Quite tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 21, 2006
2005 750ml bottle from CQuiroga. Pours a dark black color with a bubbly, fizzy brown head. Nose is roasty and hazlenut. Taste contains a ton more roast and lots of hazlenut. Some dark chocolate flavors come in. Snuggles your tongue as it goes down, very smooth and thick. Lots of brown sugar and molasses. Exellent roast and hazlenut flavors and scents.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2006
750 ml bottle courtesy of Noah (htsprint1). Enjoyed on the evening of Edward’s (brooklynboy) surprise tasting alongside 25 other highly rated stouts. Not sure of the vintage date, I’m assuming this year. Onto the beer: Classic California style notes on the aroma with plenty of hops underlying the roasted grain. More of the same on the palate, although there’s an immediately noticeable funkiness and sourness that’s not desirable. Almost a passion fruit like note that I don’t approve of in an imperial. However, the rest is well done; there’s plenty of coffee and molasses to go around. Rather good mouthfeel and a solid finish. Thanks, Noah!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2005
On tap @ Solana Beach location. All I can say is WOW! Like Old Rasputin with a little more alcohol bite. Liked it so much I got a growler.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2005
black pour with frothy brown head...aroma of cream, chocolate, molasses, and raison...flavor is wonderful and is very similar to an impy/baltic porter...heavy in roasted chocolate, toffee, raison, cream WITH an amazing creamy chocolate finish......the palate doesnt get any better than this...an amazing beer that is near perfection in many ways! Thank you to Silphium

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChazyRPh (582) - Chazy, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Bottle #140 - Jet black pour with a generous beige head. Malty roasted aroma. with some hoppiness. Roasted malt, chocomalt, with a generous helping of hops. Some dark fruitiness evident, some alcohol noticable. Good mouthfeel. Decent, however not earth shattering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Black Coloring with Light Coffee Head. Coffee Roasts..Sweet Belgian Yeast.. Creamy Heavy Mouthfeel. Sweet Chocolate..with Bitter Ending. Nice Impy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Bottle via trade with Markus (bu11zeye); many thanks! Deep charcoal-brown body, thick, puffy tan head, creamy and persistent. Fruity, sweet, roasty aroma with notes of plum, molasses, and roasted malts. The flavor was pretty much everything expected from an Imperial Stout, in nice balance, with a tart fruity beginning (plum, other dark fruits, brown sugar, soy), chocolate, coffee (although subdued), and big roasted malts in the finish. Earthy, somewhat bitter hops subdued by the big malts. The palate is very reminiscent of a Belgian ale, with the smooth, silky, tart body and tight, crisp carbonation. Fruitier and a bit sweeter than most Imperial Stouts with a more subtle hops profile. Excellent, complex, rich. An Imperial Stout that breaks the familiar mold.

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