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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.92/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
storminorman (78) - Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Great new beer and brewery. Nice color and good head. Shared with friends. Thanks to Dac.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (944) - 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 (776) - 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 (1468) - 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 (1485) - 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 (2923) - 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 (321) - 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)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6200) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle (thanks Ed H) and served in snifter to celebrate New Year with my Pac Beer Bros: Pours opaque with a fading head and spotty lace. The aroma has big mocha, big booze, big roasty, big charred, big espresso and pretty nice resiny hop presence too. The taste matches the nose with brash malt, hop, and alcohol combination that works oh so well, the bittersweet character of this beer is exquisite. Nice meaty smoky undertone too. The mouth feel is a tad thin for an Oatmeal Stout but then methinks the added coffee could be to blame for that. This overall rox sox and I love the layers I get as it warms. I could drink this once a week 4 sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (2511) - Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle: thanks, Jim! Super deep brown, nearly black body with a nice & chunky mocha foam on top. Aroma is very nice; notes of muted bakers chocolate, fudge, milky sweetness, faint lactose, a light hint of licorice, & some nuttiness. Taste has nice notes of dark chocolate, bittersweet fudge, oats, light molasses, & a finishing hint of licorice. Sweet finish with a touch of roasty bitterness & a touch of coffee beans. Nice body, smooth for 12% ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000 (5856) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Dark brown to black pout with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of coffee and chocolate notes. The flavor is similar with some coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malt and oats coming through. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Good stout.

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