Rock Bottom Chicago Terminal Imperial Stout
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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Terminal Stout is a dry Irish Stout in the spring, an Oatmeal Stout in the summer and an Imperial Stout in the Winter. First brewed for Russian Royalty by English Brewers, this huge, malty, big-bodied stout has hints of coffee, chocolate, toffee, American hops, and a fair wack of booze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (3294) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Draught. Wow, we were very surprised to find this treat along with its barrel aged cousin on tap in April. This was in a side-by-side with the Redline bourbon stout. Pours black with a brown head. The aroma is a little muted, though it does evolve as it warms. Notes of espresso, mocha, and hickory are present. Nice thick, slick palate on this one. In the way of flavor, plenty of espresso notes abound with hickory smoke, soy sauce, traces of pine, and a finish that hints at port, though that is rather subdued. There isnít anything really surprising about this, but it is exactly what I would hope for in the style. Very reliable and balanced and plenty robust. This one is noticeably brighter and smokier with somehow a thinner (I guess "less viscous" would be more appropriate) mouthfeel than the bourbon version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Draught at the source. Pours pitch black with thin but everlasting brown head. The aroma is espresso, some bitter chocolate, hints of molasses and pristine forest. The flavor is espresso and floral hops. A pleasant earthiness and faint cola manifest themselves toward the middle, and it gets piney toward the finish. Only a little bit of alcohol is present in the aftertaste. A distant nuttiness comes out as it warms. Good, full mouthfeel without being grossly sticky. Excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2005 This is a thick, ebon drink with a large, chocolate brown head that stays pretty much for the duration of the drink. This has a very chocolatey aroma along with roasted coffee and a hint of smoke. Rich and creamy in the mouth, the chocolate dominates the taste. Coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, and some licorice arenít far behind. Itís got a nice dry coffee finish with a slight touch of hop bitterness. Good imperial.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Tap at brewpub, my notes list 8.5% as ABV. Massively dark beer. Smells of roasted malt, carmel, alcohol...sweet raisiny malt taste, roastiness and alcohol mix, but alcohol is quite subtle, almost subliminal...sweet lingering flavors, rich beer...not super complex like a Bellís Expedition or Dark Lord, but velvety smooth & chocolatey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2004
They seem to keep the same name but change the style..hmmm... Dark as coal with only a slight edge of bubbles. Sweet nose is chocolatey, hints of vanilla and coffee creamer. Nice body is rich with chocolates and coffee roastiness, some alcohol peeks through toward the finish, softens up and has hints of dark fruits soaked in alcohol as it warms. Good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (6025) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2007
Draft. Pitch black. Frothy, creamy tan head. Nose is roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate and light oily hops. Taste is sweet roasty malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits, light coffee notes and vanilla. Some molasses too. Body is creamy and very smooth. Some light alcohol warmth and a medium-full palate. Finishes with more dark chocolate, roasty malts, coffee and vanilla. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (4082) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2004
Excellent, opaque black, moderate/low head. Some choclate, lots of roasted qualities, but not a super-dense palate or other slightly less tangible elements that would cry out "imperial stout". Moderate aroma of vanilla, chocolate, hairspray...oops, no, thatís just the woman who sat down next to me at the bar! (on tap, Rock Bottom, Chicago, IL)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2007
On tap in a snifter. Thick black color with a brown ring of a head, served too cold so Iíll wait for it to warm. hmm ... anyway, so how are you doin, thatís good. ... this beer sure is cold, yep .. canít smell a thing. ... wait is that, there it is ... chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, a little bit of dried fruits .. Medium bodied and smooth, swooshing the fizziness into my cheeks .... frothy milk chocolate lines my mouth .... chocolate roast flavors replace the bubbles in my next sip, raisins, bitter roast, alcohol, pretty tasty. If it wasnít so late Iíd have another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3917) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2007 #100 rating. on tap.pours pitch black with a head that didnít last long. aroma has nice chocolate, coffee, and piney hops, nothing crazy about the aroma. flavor has some good hop bitterness, roasted chocolate, an alcohol punch finishes. pretty solid imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Draft. Nice roasted aroma, pretty typical for an imperial stout. The palate was good and the flavor was good, but nothing special.

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