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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.75/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Our anniversary is in the middle of winter; the darkest, coldest days in the Mid Atlantic. To celebrate our first anniversary, we brewed a very special, strong dark ale to warm us against the cold. Imperial Stout is an extra strong version of stout, which originally was brewed by the British to withstand the rigors of export. We used the West Malle Trappist yeast to give it a Belgian character. The beer shows aromas of bakers chocolate and dried fruits. It is rich, dark and strong, with flavors of espresso and dark swiss chocolate, spice and a touch of orange zest. The beer is very limited: we brewed only ONE batch, on ONE day, to celebrate a very special milestone for our craft brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4809) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 24, 2014
On tap at Black Squirrel’s Michigan beer event during DC Beer Week 2014. Pours a murky deep brown with some clumpy beige head. Nose has a lot of malt, brown sugar, a bit of tree bark, some cocoa nib, perhaps a hint of booze. Flavor is malty, crackery, bread crust, cocoa, hints of booze, something a bit umami too, like roasted mushroom. Smooth finish. Held up well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Iphonephan (3187) - McLean, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2014
From a growler at the Beer Heads Meetup. Pours a clear dark cola with a tan. Roasted nose. Flavors of coffee and a hint of chocolate. Slight bitter roasted finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Lots of chocolate and nuttiness. I agree with a previous commenter that there is almost a liqueur quality (concentrated chocolate + sweetness) that's here. That said, not much heat from the high ABV present here. Surprised, yet pleased, to find this in the middle of summer in Brooklyn. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (3889) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 15, 2014
Good show for these local guys. They make a great porter and this is a very drinkable, balanced imperial stout. Pours black with great head and lacing. Roast and dark chocolate with some subtle hops. Sweet and bitter finish. Booze well hidden. Hopefully they bring this back and pump it up a little to make something truly great. Tap at Black Squirrel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11450) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Draft. Dark brown body with large tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, Belgian chocolate, light spicy. Taste is moderately sweet, spicy, Belgian chocolate, light chocolate liqueur. Medium-full body, some effervescence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1525) - Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2014
Savor 2014. Pours dark black. Taste of chocolate, hints of dark fruit. Really nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrewBoxer (1979) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Draft at the growler NYC. Bartender told me it was a maibock . Tastes more line a stout. Highly volume. Easy drinking. Decent ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2012
Muddy dark brown/black, with a big tan head. Dark and malty, with lots of belgian yeast character. Taste is belgian yeast, with just a bit of roast dryness. I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
strap (409) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - FEB 9, 2012
picked up a growler at Whole Foods. dark as cola. strong roasted malt aroma. complex flavor with some coffee, chocolate, vanilla. very malty. drank half the growler and could definitely feel the 9.5%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2012
Growler courtesy of one of the marketing reps from the brewery, thanks Matt! Pours dark, slightly carbonated. Belgian yeast adds a slight sweetness but it’s not overly sweet and maintains a full bodied, hoppy roasty palate. Finish is relatively dry and lingering. Alcohol is completely hidden, overall delicious stout that’s deceptively drinkable.

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