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RATINGS: 1014   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (11359) - 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.

4.3
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bartzilla (556) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Tap @ the Abbey. Pours like a black hole with effervescent bubbles having a pow-wow in all their earthen brown splendor at the entrance to the star sucking void of eternal blackness. Taste? Malt, coffee, booze and chocolate. In other words, a gracious offering that will make the most hardened veterans of Imperial Stouts sit up and take notice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 4, 2007
have to pour rather aggressively to get even a half inch of head. color is black ink, no light coming through with a chocolately brown head. aroma is a slightly roast and sweet chocolate and the flavor pretty much matches. as it warms it seems to get sweeter. mouthfeel is kinda thin though...almost like a flavorful guinness. gotta say this is a very drinkable stout...rather enjoyable, however...as an imperial its a bit wimpy. ive tasted milk stouts and oatmeal stouts with more punch. if this was one of those, i would probably rate it in the 4s. however, as an imperial it doesnt have the oomph i would expect.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - FEB 3, 2007
On tap @ Port brewing. Im not sure if the tap version varies from the bottle version, but im perplexed at some of the recent reviews. I actually found this to be an amazingly well balanced stout. I agree with some, it’s a little fresh and the alcohol does come through. I imagine this one will age extremely well. Still, fresh off the tap this is one of the better imperial stouts I have had. Im glad I have several of these to try in a couple months.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2007
Bottle thanks to Crosling. Pours black with decent tan head. Was really looking forward to this beer but I wasn’t impressed. Aroma of roast and baking chocolate that is surprisingly bitter. Slightly perceptible flavors of wood, brown sugar and roastiness get over-powered by a big hop character and alcohol. I think this was probably a fresh bottle... perhaps it needs a couple years for the hops to settle down a bit. Maybe I’ll try to obtain another to age for a couple years and rerate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2007
bomber courtesy of WeeHeavySD, thanks Jon. very dark pour with a tan edge and a small khaki head, settling to a thin ring of lace. aroma is very chocolatey. flavor is dark chocolate, charred wood and roasted malts. just a bit of a bite on the finish, but still a very enjoyable Impy. Stout. I’m pretty sure this is a fresh bottle, it’d be interesting to sample this at one and two years of age.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChazMania (658) - Pasadena, California, USA - JAN 21, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2007 Bomber. The label looks different than the one pictured here. There was no head on this beer at all. Pours very thick, nearly like the Old Viscosity. Aroma has a coffee chocolate note as does the flavor. A good but not great stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2007
22oz bomber, no date--though I have every reason to believe it’s an ’06 bottle. Pours a deep brown with a minimal tan head. Aroma of baker’s chocolate, chocolate chip cookies (without the chocolate--I know it doesn’t make sense), roasted malts, vinous, char, and a bit of wood. Taste is pretty roasty and woody hoppy, aromas mostly the same as the flavors as it winds down to vinuous towards the end. This has quite a bit of alcohol hotness to it--not as bad as Old Viscocity though. Unless you need to age all of their high gravity beers for a year, they aren’t doing something right. Dry astringent slightly bitter finish. Full bodied and creamy with soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bgburdman9 (858) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2007
CT V shared by leopold stoch. Aroma of dark fruits, chocolate , sweetness, bronw sugar, and roastiness with some hops. Flavor was a little too sweet which prevented the alcohol from coming through. Pretty good overall.


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