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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
OnTheTrail (175) - Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2015
On tap at brewery. Pours black, tan head. Some yeasty aroma mostly malt. Taste is rich chocolate malt, delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brownaler (415) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Slight coffee and oak aroma with Belgian malts and a rich chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (11586) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2015
A dark imperial stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, sweet fruity chocolate malt with light Brett, light oxidation cork, vanilla and alcohol warmth, very nice. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity chocolate malt with light grassy hops, light licorice, alcohol warmth, light oxidation, dark fruits, interesting. On tap at Ginger Man NYC.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (4114) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2015 4 oz pour on draft at GBD. Black with light tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, dark fruit. Tastes of dark fruit, malt, chocolate. Medium body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (7013) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2015
draft at Moor Pat, Willimasville NY. almost fuller bodiedblack pour. drank much easier than 9.5%. Roast & dark chocolate forward, dry bakers chcolate notes. mild coffee. Flavorful, not an intense IMPY. solid string stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2503) - Silver Spring, USA - APR 28, 2015
On tap at Scion in Silver Spring, MD. Opaque, near black with a tan head and very good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, dates and licorice. Taste of dates, roasted malt, chocolate, licorice and wood. Full body and medium carbonation with rich mouthfeel. I'm not sure how this one-off beer bece available again. Was it aged? In any case, it is awesome. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9981) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2015
Big smoke flavour and taste. Lace and good flavour. Complex flavour. Dark and lace.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iznogud (1549) - CROATIA - FEB 16, 2015
On tap at Tørst, Brooklyn. Pours black with tan head. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, bit spicy. Sweet with bitterish finish. Well hidden alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (6342) - 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 (4994) - 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.

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