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RATINGS: 854   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 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 (2497) - 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 (2602) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbaaron (1242) - Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pyrmir (3351) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2014
650 ml bottle. Near black with tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, light acidity and some leather. Taste is similar, massive, rich, full with roasted coffee notes and chocolate. Nice and creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keanex (1452) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2014
2014 release.
Appearance: Pitch black body with a short brown head that dissipates to a nearly opaque coating on top.
Aroma: The aroma is a mix of pine, earthy espresso and bittersweet bakers chocolate. The aromas are all blended together nicely, but nothing is prominent or pops out.
Taste: The hops are prominent forming a marijuana type overlay with a complex malt base underlying it giving off flavors of caramel up front into hints of espresso and bold bakers chocolate. Very solid beer with no real booze presence, but the finish is a bit thin. The flavor reminds me more of a oldish black IPA instead of a hoppy imperial stout.
Palate: Medium bodied, but a bit thin, with light carbonation.
Overall: This is a decent beer but the body just isn’t right for the style and the finish falls flat. It’s a decent price for bombers though and worth considering to try as it has a nice variety of flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (2767) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2014 Bomber bought @ Systembolaget. pours dark reddish black with a big frothy blackish beige head that slowly dissipates while leaving some scarce thick lacing on the glass. Smell is malty and prominently hoppy with roasted malts, resinous wood, wild flower honey, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, overripe mango, grapefruit rinds, pine cones, burnt caramel and sweet dark bread. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty, floral, herbal and earthy with roasted malts, resinous wood, oily citrus zest, moist soil, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, burnt caramel, toffee, alcohol, pine cones and hints of motor oil. Mouthfeel is fat, viscous, round, slightly oily bitter and near full bodied. Finish is sweet, slightly bitter and malty with roasted malts, burnt caramel, resinous wood, grapefruit rinds, pine cones, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate and hints of alcohol. Very American and very good... Possibly very slightly too rough on the palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
triximonk (30) - SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2014
Raisins and liqourice. Very light body. Not a lot of head. Too much bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SirLimpsalot (2134) - SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2014
@Basunen: en ganska lätt doft och eb ganska ordinär smak som inte på något sätt sticker ut. Mainstream. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
circinus (209) - SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle 65 cl from Systembolaget. Black with a light brown head. Roasty, some sweetness, some fruitiness, licorice. Strong roast, some licorice, early sweetness, late very nice bitterness, some chocolate and coffee. Full body, low carbonation, bitter finish, quite smooth, dry. Overall very nice balance for my taste.

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