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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
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A massive wall of flavor and so dark it actually absorbs light – at least we think it does! A deeply rich and complex Russian Style Imperial Stout brewed with no less than 10 different malts is the backbone. We brewed this one with oats to add an additional layer of silkiness along with a healthy dose of locally roasted coffee to make this a truly amazing beer. Sip slowly with a friend and enjoy the rich flavors. 1.111 O.G.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrymel (1536) - Spokane, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2015
2014 vintage. Black with a etched center and rim of tans. Smells richly of dark, roasted malts, some nougat and vanilla, a touch of coffee, plenty of dark chocolate and a bit of cocoa. Maybe a hint of leather in the nose. Flavor is bitter (maybe a little too much), and has lots of toasted malts with some dry soil and coffee grounds. Some alcohol. In the distance a bit of marshmallow. Full bodied with lighter carb and a dry finish. would certainly prefer a little more of a wet finish in this beer. Would bang again, wouldn’t probably go out of my way to do so.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (4325) - Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2015
bottle, tasty bif roasty stout. Lots of good thick rich body. Delish strong stout. Very nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Tasted on 2/11/15 from a capped bomber bottle, big thanks to Chuck. Pours completely opaque, thick dark brown with a thick brown head that slowly recedes to average lace. The nose is primarily dark molasses, a touch of vanilla, and some burnt coffee. The flavor is really quite bitter burnt with the molasses and vanilla adding just a touch of richness. The body is full and creamy with average, smooth carbonation, and a long very bitter burnt coffee and touch of vanilla finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Bomber purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar just over two years ago, should be nicely aged now ($10.99). Pours pitch black with a finger and a half of creamy dark brown/mocha foam that soon recedes to a thin layer. AROMA of dusty smoke-roasted grains, campfire, old leather, soy sauce, with some light chocolate and coffee and perhaps some stewed fruits. FLAVOR of dark roasted malts, smooth dark fudge, some creamy dark roast coffee, creamy vanilla, and sticky molasses. There’s a little bit of alcoholic heat toward the finish, but overall the big 12.2% is concealed well. The oats seem to really temper this beast and it is exceptionally smooth as it rolls over the tongue and mouth and down the gullet. Really very good imperial stout. (38, 942)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerFunGuy (799) - California, USA - JAN 13, 2015
This is a wonderfully done ebony beer which pours with a bit of espresso colored head. It has a mildly chocolate and subtle sweetness to its aroma. Big bold coffee flavor and the 12.2% makes its self known. This one could be trouble because I don't want to stop drinking this awesome libation. Thanks so much Ritual Brewing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1573) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Bomber from waterboy, thanks Ric! Shared by all on Tuesday night of the week of mourning. Lotta flavors. Oatmeal really is a smoother. 14.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MRodgers1982 (101) - USA - SEP 24, 2014
Nice aroma, black and good head. Taste pretty biter roast, and then swet finish. needs more dimension. Came in 22 oz bomber.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Atom (1592) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2014
Bomber thanks to queenholly, pours a dark thick brown/black with a large reddish tan head. Aroma has a sharp sweetness of chocolate, molasses, and oats. Chocolate and oats go down silky and smooth, lots of malt character with a nice coffee bitterness in the finish. Nice, pretty easy drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (2986) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2014
The aroma is roast coffee, bitter chocolate. The appearance is deep black, tan head. The flavor is bitter chocolate, coffee, licorice. Hard to believe there’s no coffee added to this. The finish is pine, roast, coffee, licorice. Medium/thick in body. Nice stout. From a Craft Beer gift pack, of all things.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maltser85 (333) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Massive beer. Poured black in the glass with an extremely dark brown two finger head. The nose was dark cherries with some plum. Vinous notes on the nose as well (alcohol), dark bitter coffee and chocolate notes too. The taste was great. Very similar to the nose with the coffee and chocolate being a bit more present. The alcohol presented in the taste the same as the nose, came across in a vinous note. Tremendous body. Very thick and velvety, courtesy of the oats. This was a 12.2% beast and was deliciously smooth for being fresh! Thanks for the awesome extra Tom! (mashmaster)

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