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RATINGS: 1022   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2007 22 oz bottle VIA WEEHEAVYSD (thanks man!). Pours an inky black with an average sized tan head. Nose is chocolately and hoppy. Taste is quite roasty with chocolate, licorice, and some soy in the finish. A tiny bit of coffee flavor comes through. The hops are definately there as well, and are both piney and earthy. In fact this is too hoppy for an Imp Stout. Needs more malts and less hops..or you could lay it down for a year like i am going to do with my other bottle ;) Body is lighter than i expected, will call this one a medium body. Carbonation is moderate/high. *********5/24/07-Well so much for laying it down for a year...2 months was my limit, lol....Santa came in May again. 10 weeks has mellowed this just a bit, and it is a bit less hoppy and more balanced. Orig rating was a 4....bumping it up a little now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3565) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2007
22 oz. bottle thanks to a trade with awaisanen. Pours opaque black with a thin, bubbly brown head that receded to a thin line around the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, brandy, some chocolate, dates and a bit of mustiness that kept me from giving this a "9" for aroma. The flavors were very similar to the aroma, minus the mustiness. The alcohol was a bit more pronounced in the flavor than it was in the aroma, especially as the beer warmed. Bitter hop finish, which I was not all that crazy about in an Imperial. Still, quite an enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5357) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2007
22 oz bottle, via BA Marvz. Pours a completely black body the color of used motor oil. Smallish foamy dark brown head faded to a partial covering. Nice heavy roasted and burnt malt aroma with some licorice, tar, dark fruits, a hint of alcohol, and a touch of smoke. Flavor is very roasty and burnt, yet still quite fruity. There’s a light lactose flavor on the finish I’m not too crazy about, followed by a light astringency and some boozy alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a thin oily texture and moderate fizzy carbonation. This was decent, but not really in my sweet spot for the style. The alcohol was a bit too apparent on the finish for me as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2007 Pizza Port, Solano Beach 4/05. 750 ml Bottle.Dark Brown to Black with large creamy brown head. Hoppy aroma with roasted malt in the background. Lots of chocolate in the taste with good ending bitterness. Very Smooth. So good I drank all 3 bottles in a short amount of time. Much better than speedway stout or stone imperial russian. On tap at Lost abbey. Lots less body and complexity than I remember. Still good but not as good as previous versions. I think Tomme said he had changed the recipe some. I think.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Like a sweet winter warmer with a really well done hop profile, you don’t find many like this, or maybe any. Instead of just tasting like a toasty IPA they really built a great bold malt profile and picked a hop list that really complimented it. Great flavors of brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, and vanilla show as this beer warms. Nutty and roasty with a thick body that is balanced well with a generous hop experience. Pours dark brown with a tall tan head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Bomber from JimboWood - Thanks! Pours opaque black, thin tan head, full creamy body and minimal carbonation. Aroma of coffee, molasses, nuts and vanilla. Rich roasty taste that picks up the same notes as the aroma. Bittersweet espresso finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Bottle from trade with WeeHeavySD. Thanks Jon! Pours a dark brown chocolate color with a medium size light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, canied sugar and fermented fruit. Taste of is sort of sweet like brown sugar, with a hint semi sweet chocolate, but with a nice flavor of roasted malt top it all off. Finishes very smooth with the alcohol being very well hidden. An overall very good Imperial Stout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (6628) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2007
22, courtesy the fine generosity of BitBucket. Pours deep opaque black with a thin, slightly moussy burnt tan head that doesn’t stick around; no lace. Big smokey roasty charry nose--all those things carry through in a huge way to the mid-palate. Bold attack: big body and nice oily tongue to it. Super bitter roasty resiny clingy finish. Awesome stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (11803) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2007
Draft at Downtown Johnny Browns. Poured dark brown with a moderate creamy light brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Heavy toasted chocolate and coffee malt with a small alcohol aroma. Full body with a creamy texture. Heavy balanced toasted malt and spice flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration. This is a standout stout beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2007
25 ounce bottle via Bartzilla. Oily black with a one-inch brown head. Aroma of roasted grains, chocolate, malt, and coffee. I found the aroma to be moderate, not as strong as I like (very much a personal preference). Flavor was indeed strong and very well balanced. Flavor included the aroma characteristics but with added hops and alcohol that was mildly numbing in the mouth and warming as it descended. There was also some mild sweetness in the flavor and palate but it was subtle, nicely subtle.

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