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RATINGS: 268   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Pours black and is an amped-up version of a traditional dry stout. The addition of both roasted barley and dark crystal malted barley give Extra Stout undertones of chocolate, molasses and dried fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2007
Dark pour with a light tan head. Dark chocolate, caramel, slight hints of roasted malt in the aroma. Roasty and malty taste, some nuttiness and subtle hints of fruit, moderately dry hoppy finish with just a hint of booze. Very smooth, easy drinking. Not as much coffee flavor as I was expecting there to be, but Iím not complaining at all. Nothing too overpowering about this one. I wouldnít exactly categorize this as an Imperial Stout, but itís still a very well made beer by Schlafly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5211) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 29, 2007
The body is black with a light tan head. The aroma is sweet with pancakes and some notes of vanilla. There is also some almond in this one. The taste is relatively dry with some coffee and dark chocolate. The body is smooth. There is not much else going on in this one. I would say itís closer to a foriegn stout than an impy stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2968) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 20, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Brett and Hannah. Pour was solid, big huge head, solid lacing. The aroma was chocolate and cocoa, pretty simple. Flavor was mostly chocolate and cocoa with some tropical fruity notes detectable (coconut too?). Coffee was also present underneath with some roasted notes. The mouthfeel was creamy and typical of the style. Another nice production by Schlafly, thanks Brett and Hannah!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2007
dark brown with light tan head. aroma consists of nuts, carmel, and chocolate. a very smooth stout, with milk chocolate, walnuts, pecans, and some carmel and hints of irish cream... maybe that;s just the connotation getting too me or maybe i had one too many baileys earlier. blah.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2007
Bottle from an under-rated brewer. This poured an extremely dark mahogany with a slender tan head that soon reduced to a halo. The aroma is full of coffee and roasted barley suported by a splash of alcohol and a touch of nutty bitterness. A drp of molasses and a git of milk chocolate are added to the flavor, all smoothly blended. The finish is dark and malty with a roasted bitterness. Good brew.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2007
From the tap, served in a Schlafly imperial pint glass. Sampled at the Taproom with work mates and friends. Poured a nice stout blackish brown with a foamy, creamy tan head, decent retention, minimal amount of sticking. Aromas of roasted barley malts, coffee and cocoa, nutty with hints of charcoal, a subtle dark fruitiness and light touch of earth. Good, steady moderate carbonation and a malty crisp, dry, slick, smooth creamy medium bodied mouthfeel. A pleasant tasting dry stout, lightly roasted malts, nutty coffee, dry cocoa, a raisin fruitiness in the middle that meshes with the alcohol, a soft, dry, earthy bitterness towards the end, and a dry estery, malty finish with a hint charcoal in the aftertaste. Iíve had this from the tap and bottle, the tap version is a bit more airy and creamy which I think increases itís drinkability, a sneaky 8% ABV making it a tad dangerous, quite quaffable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBunn (2609) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Bottle. Body is dark brown, almost black with a half inch tan head. Aromas are somewhat weak and donít do a great job advertising what is to come, but suggest a burnt malt with a sweet character. Maybe a touch of chocolate and molasses, too, but that could just be some interference from the flavoring. Mouthfeel is creamy and a somewhat thick, flavor has dark chocolate, molasses and a creamy finish. There are some smokey/peat notes, too, but they are subtle and donít take over the show. Overall, the main interest here is the creamy flavoring and mouthfeel, which makes this a stout unlike any others that I have tried. While the flavoring and development could be slightly improved on, the way in which this blends an 8% ABV into a silky and smooth package is remarkable. It is a very different from other imperial stouts that Iíve tried due to its well-concealed alcohol and smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 1, 2007
In the bottle from The Brown Derby International Wine Center. Pours black with a cascading brown head. Very large thick head with big bubbles. Has a strong molasses aroma. Slightly piney also. Big sorghum and chocolate taste. Thick palate. Toasted flavor as well. Mind-roasting flavor and big sweetness really make this beer something. Good sour milk tartness to the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (4002) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 27, 2007
Bottle from BeerDrenched; Nose is roasty, sweet, and choclatety clear dark brown with a medium rusty head; flavor is choclatety, with some roasty coffee notes added; good but not very complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - FEB 20, 2007
Iíve had this on draft twice and bottle three times now so it is time to rate it. Aroma is roasted with strong notes bakers chocolate and undertones raisiny crystal malt. It also has flashes of coffee in there. Taste is dry toffee sweetness with bittersweet chocolate and coffee thats finishes in a dry tart bitterness. Ive actually got touches of apple juice in the initial taste, this sometime eludes and do not always get this impression. This is not an imperial stout nor a sweet stout. This I believe as drmatt said is a foreign. Reasoning is foreign stout is a style that originated with the likes of true guiness extra stout. It was originally shipped to places like sri lanka which in turn created there own (Lions stout). I know it doesnt matter that much except in style percentage but it does fit all specs and deScriptors of other beers in this style.

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