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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.88/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   IBU: 92   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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A big bodied stout that receives its distinguishable flavor characteristics from the substantial use of roasted malt, dark specialty grains, and ground carob. Cocoa and chocolate-like aromas penetrate from the black depths of this alluring ale. Robust flavors of roasted black coffee, and even subtle notes of dark fruit, mix with the abundant rich chocolate qualities. As it warms, an ample bitterness from the dark roasted specialty grains and high alpha hops intensifies, provoking a noticeable dryness on the palate.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (2549) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2013
tap. Near black with small head. Thick stout with pretty rich chocolatelyness. Dry finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (428) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Draft at HopCat in East Lansing. Pours a darkish brown. Somewhat red in the light. Moderate head that burns off kind of slowly, leaving a nice lace on the glass. Smell is of roasted earth, somewhat expected with the carob. Taste is very roasty, with earthy undertones, a hint of cocoa, which can be expected as the pods from the carob are sometimes used as a substitute for chocolate. Finish is really dry, but enjoyable. Mouth feel is pretty thick. The dryness on the finish hangs around, and it’s surprising. This 6.4% deserves its style of imperial.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Draft on tap at The Beer Spot GTMW Eve Event at Brickhouse (Madison, WI). Pours a deep brownish black hue, well hazed and deeper dark hue. A frothy tannish head atop dies to a small ring, laces small. Aromas are a bit nutty, caramel, and gentle cocoa. Some toffee, toast, subtle vanilla and nutty quality. A bit carmelized, some toffee, earth. Initial is fuller bodied, cocoa, firm rich coffee presence comes on. Bit of mocha, toffee and toastiness. Caramel and carmelized malts. Middle shows more nutty and caramel qualities. A bigger roasty coffee quality up front dies out into the middle where a sweeter thicker malt quality takes over. Backend is a bit dry, roasty, and toasty. Finish is gentle carmelizatio, turtle and cocoa qualities. Nice stout. Can’t tell how big it is. Tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (6977) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Draft. Chocolate malt and hay aroma. Dark brown with small head. Sweet chocolate malt followed by strong bitter herbal/hay finish. Nice blending. Very tasty.


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