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RATINGS: 847   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
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After a one year hiatus the Imperial Stout is back in action. We figured that after catching a bit of flack for its absence we’d have it return with a bang. We bumped up the starting gravity from 20° P to 24° P. This allowed the beer to finish just over 10% ABV. Like this year’s Barleywine, we’ve decided to play with the hop character, specifically the dry hop presence. Trying to avoid the fiasco of my previous attempt at adding pellets to the fermentor, I did what any good manager would do: I made Charlie add them. He had the advantage of being able to add the hops directly through a top manway and so his besting me in this challenge is not necessarily a sign of his superior brewing skills but more a reflection of my adventurous, try anything spirit (or at least that’s the story I’m stickin’ to). The Charles added 44 lbs of Cascade, split evenly between two batches, or about half a pound per barrel. We then transferred the beer onto seventy-eight pounds of an even mixture of Centennial and Columbus whole flowers, about one pound per barrel. The beer is a little top heavy in terms of the hopping but it seems to be smoothing out a bit as it’s aging. I’d give it six months or so, if you can wait that long. If not, hey, enjoy it anyway.
2014 - 9.4% abv


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (2883) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Dark brown colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Coffee, roasted malt, liquorice, vanilla.
Body: Full body and carbonation.
Flavour: Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, liquorice.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (3918) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours a pitch black body with a large, creamy off-white head, looking quite spectacular. Nose is cocoa, lactic chocolate tones, leather, licorice and hints of dark berries and biscuits. Taste is dark chocolate, mild leather, licorice, coffee, dark berries and hints of lactic creamy caramel, dark malty tones and hints of dried fruits. Creamy, full body, soft carbonation. Lovely smooth imperial stout with great balance and mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pumpmaster (1123) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2014
22 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $5.99 Very good!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
c0fein (178) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 16, 2014
650ml bottle from Systembolaget Passagen

Beautiful deep black colour with a big brown head. Sweet aroma. Flavour is rich and sweet, also chocolate, hops and caramel. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer_est_deus (595) - örebro, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2014
Svart öl med ett stort, brunt skum. Doft: Frukt, rostat, kakao, vanilj, kola, choklad. Smak: Kaffe, kakao, bränt socker, rostat, övermogen frukt, malt, soya och det kommer tydligt i eftersmaken. Smakar tyvärr inte lika underbart som den doftar. Tror den vill ha mer tid att mogna.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cool_Bond (1240) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2014
Slightly fruity aroma. The taste is a bit more towards dark chocolate, soy sauce and dark coffee. Bitterness to the aftertaste is heavy and attach himself in the upper part of the mouth forever. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Staffan47 (857) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2014
Flaska hos Anders och Frida efter att ha testat lite hembryggder. Lite ristade toner i doften men anmärkningsvärt mycket humle. Kraftig med hög beska både maltrelatetad och från humle. Snudd på svart-ipa... God och välgjord. Skulle möjligen kunna vinna på något års lagring om man vill tona ner humlen något.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vignale (1992) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2014
Flaska från SB. En stor IS med allt vad man förväntar sig. Mjuk och len, lite alkoholvärme. Choklad, fudge, kaffe, laktossötma, en touch soja. Inte så hårdrsotad eller kärv men med en fin bitter chokladbeska som stramar upp smaken fint. Maffigt och riktigt gott.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markextrae (886) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2014
bottle thanks to cunningham! shared with friends. poured dark black with a nice mocha head. roasted malts, strong chocolate, floral hops, nice creamy mouthfeel, pines, citrus, belanced beer with the hop use

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Inbreak (1897) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUN 4, 2014
04.06.2014, 0,65l bottle @ home:
Big light brown creamy longlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich and roasted, dark malts, dark sugar, caramel, chocolate, salty licorice, espresso, soy sauce, grass, hops. Taste is kind of harsh roasted, dark malts, harsh hops, burnt coffee, burnt caramel, hay, grass, licorice, pine needles, ashtray. Longlasting bitterness, dry harsh mouthfeel. Not my cup of tea.


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