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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.92/5.0   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1244) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2014 GABF 2013. Deep black, with coffee crema looking head and lacing. Dark roasted and burnt malts. Round body, nice burnt malt and hop bitterness. Solid RIS. Rerate from a bomber. About two years old. Has aged well. Actually liked this better than the fresh draft. Thick pour, especially for an oatmeal stout. Very dark with espresso crema head. Lots of dark roast and burnt malts, molasses, touch of anise on the nose. Thick palate with a lot of burnt malts but enough sweetness to balance it out. Bit of booze on the nose and going down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (4090) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Pours black with a dark tan head. Roast coffee and chocolate aroma. Taste is coffee and cream, chocolate. Faint alcohol bitter. Very smooth for the ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7956) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Bottle. Alcohol, coffee, and chocolate syrup aroma. Black with small tan head. Sweet chocolate/coffee malt and alcohol flavor. Decent body. Pretty good - not surprisingly boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
queenholly (3019) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Mashmaster. Sweet chocolate, smoky, coffee, earthy oat, and prune aroma. Viscous black pour with a large creamy brown head. Roasty coffee, char/ash, sweet chocolate, earthy oat flavor with a roasty bitter finish. Full creamy body, soft carbonation - very silky and smooth. Alcohol well hidden. Very nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Big alcohol notes. Deep brown with espresso head. Dark chocolate, roasted nuts. Slightly sweet, malt. Very well balanced

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arkurzynski (1589) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Bottle from BA Brew33. Clunky pitch black pour with orange-tan head. Big coffee roast, burnt grain, light molasses, and a whisp of smoke. Some tart dark fruit. Flavor starts with semi-sweet chocolate and fades quickly to bitter, unsweetened chocolate, roasted malt, and steeped coffee. Some acidity that lingers to a tongue-watering bitter roast. Peppery alcohol and bitter chocolate finish. Coating palate. A seemingly under-rated stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3710) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 30, 2013
Bomber. Thanks Tom! Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of roast, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and some smoke. Rich and creamy. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5072) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2013
I received this in a growler swap from whatsupstairs and was able to share it with Hayduke and Carlos, a buddy. This poured black with minimal red. A big robust tan head made for a nice looking beer. A chocolate aroma is also full of roasted notes. That chocolate was tasted first with the coffee after. This one is big but alcohol is barely tasted. Dark fruit is tasted late. A really nice beer and with that ABV it is a dangerous one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3470) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 29, 2013
This was from a 32 ounce grower sent to Strykzone in a recent growler trade. Because I was in Wood River IL visiting with him I got to share along with Carlos who was learning to brew beer as we drank this. Poured very dark red (basically black) with a huge and long lasting tan head and excellent lacing rings Nose of dark ripe fruit, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of smoke Bold in body and super smooth in mouth feel. Love those oats. The flavor is super rich and all aromas turn into the same flavors. Coffee in the finish. This is a really delicious beer and the alcohol i remarkable well hidden, a real bonus for my tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4551) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 12, 2013
Bottle. Black pour, tan head. Dark chocolate, sweetness, ashy roast, charred bitterness, sweet dark sugars, oats, light notes of coffee, and this off "green" flavor which is a bit strange. Pretty easy drinking, I didn’t notice the abv. Not one of the better imperial stouts I have tried.

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