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RATINGS: 851   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Staffan47 (860) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vignale (2033) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markextrae (939) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Inbreak (2033) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ROBC3366 (610) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours black. Great creamy medium brown head. Aroma is chocolate, some coffee, dark roasted malty, some licorice and s touch of dark fruitiness. Flavor is moderately sweet and bitter and roasty. Pretty smooth resin bitterness. Pretty good balance. Medium plus body. Not chewy. Slick. Milk chocolatey. Little stickiness. Alcohol makes its presence clear. Isn’t too big for its own good. Good drinkability. Great beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wxman (1417) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Pours an opaque black with a thick tan head. Aroma is merlot and espresso. Taste is dark roasted malt, semi-sweet molasses, espresso and dark chocolate. Alcohol not present in the taste, but comes through as warmth after the swallow. Really Good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerSkull (1286) - SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2014
(Bottle). Fine fragrance and taste of roasted malt and chocolate, smooth mouthfeel. Slightly tart and fruity notes in the taste with a nice slightly dry finish. A very pleasant and easy to drink beer, that it has an ABV of 10.1% is not noticeable. I like it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Garlic_of_Doom (448) - SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2014
Bottle shared by Martin, thanks! Black with a espresso coloured head. Roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate in aroma. Taste has roasted malt, sweet notes, vanilla, chocolate, well balanced bitterness. Full body, soft carbonation, smooth. Dry chocolatey after taste.
Well balanced and smooth. Very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilsnerrogge (2488) - Finspång, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2014
Eye: Black with brown highlights. Nice head.
Nose: Roasted malt, chocolate, brownies.
Mouth: Dry.
Tongue: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, hops. Bitter finish.
Brain: A well made, balanced Imperial Stout. Not ground breaking in anyway, but still very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Defreni (2603) - Husum, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2014
Flaske: Kulsort olieret øl med et lækkert skumhoved. Duft af brændt malt og en smule humle. Let lakrids. Smagen er klassisk amerikansk impy, humlen balancerer den hårdt ristet malt. Lækker øl.

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