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RATINGS: 1018   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.


4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SFtaster (57) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Tried it on tap at City beer in SF a couple weeks ago - wow! I tasted the 2009 edition, but they also had some ’08 in bottles. Intense flavor, deep, black color, dry mouth feel- what more do you want?

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markdredge (50) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2009
2008. Opened on Christmas Eve with my Dad. Pours a think opaque black, it’s filled with milk and dark chocolate, nuts. Big flavour, roasty, bitter coffee, dark chocolate, full-bodied, lots of flavour.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwr1962 (47) - Wellsburg, West Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Typical (excellent) appearance of a good Imperial Stout. Aroma of an assortment of malts. The sugar adds an interesting taste and boosts the alcohol (nothing wrong with that!). I like this one a lot

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eddy5335 (45) - Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2012
2012 bottle. Huge chocolate, roasted malt, sugary, sweet, and coffee aroma. Roasted malts right away with the chocolate coming in. The coffee more on the back end. The sugars are present and not in a bad way at all. Extremely good and well balanced. Did not get the 10% at all. Recommend.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thegreat78 (42) - San Marcos, California, USA - NOV 2, 2007
Pours black with a thin reddish tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is somewhat smoky, nutty roastiness and a nice dose of bourbon and whiskey. chocolatey and sugary up front in the taste, followed by a smokiness and roasted flavor and finishing with a nice acidic tang that gradually gets stronger mixing with some bitterness and a warmth of alcohol in the back of the throat. fairly good size body, smooth up front, a very small amount of dryness in the finish. Tasty stout, I am not blown away flavor or aroma wise, but extremely drinkable especially considering the alcohol content.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tmohr (37) - Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2009
22 oz bottle pours nearly black, modest head with a little lacing. Alcohol present in the aroma with malt, taste strongly alcohol. Good, but not well balanced.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mackRIS (37) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2013
On tap pours dark with a slight red hue. Aroma is rich chocolate and caramel. Taste is sweet, chocolate, roast, and caramel. Great imperial stout.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SteveOrz85 (36) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2015
poured from big bottle into tulip. Huge tan head. Aroma of roasty malts. Dark dark brown/black appearance. Taste is good and roasty with maybe a hint of chocolate. medium body. Slick texture. Soft carbonation. Sharp finish. Overall an enjoyable stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
martinen (36) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 9, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2013 Mörk som natten och tydliga toner av choklad. Mycket gott, ingenting jag skulle kunna dricka hela kvällen.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBowler (36) - DENMARK - JAN 5, 2011
Very satisfying. Will have this one next christmas and the ones after. Among my favourite seasonals for the cold half of the year. Aroma quite alcoholic. Taste is somewhat sweet (7/10 in sweetness). Hops don’t add a whole lot of bitterness in the long run, but reflect the use of lots of low acid varieties, a.k.a. large net. weight of hops adding a "green" taste.


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