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RATINGS: 843   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (4023) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2014
Big Bottle from SB cons 2014-04-26 Göteborg AR: heavy roasted coffey, white sugar, chocolate AP: dark brown , frothy stouthy crème brown head F: heavy roasted raw coffey, white sugar, chocolate cake,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (2140) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2014
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with small to medium tan head. Aroma of licorice, dried fruit, chocolate, coffee, sweet alcohol and raw sugar. Taste is light sweet and medium bitter with notes of dried fruit, licorice, pumpernickel and toast. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rarbring (1232) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 25, 2014
Aroma: Smelling of bread, dark dates, sherry, chocolate, coffee and vanilla.
Appearance: A dark brown colored beer. A low tan head with some lacing and good curtains.
Taste: Tasting dark bread, dark dried fruits, chocolate liqueur, soy sauce and bitter cacao beans.
Palate: Low carbonation, a oily texture. A big body with a somewhat dry finish.
Overall: Very much dark malt domination.
Note: Bottle 650 ml at home. Reviewed 2014-04-25.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kryon (1323) - SWEDEN - APR 24, 2014
Pours black with low brown head Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted black malts Taste has nice bitternes from black malts, chocolate malts, tar, brown sugar. Well balanced with nice long bitter finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (1258) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - APR 22, 2014
Pours black with a medium frothy mocha head. Aroma is coffee, dark chocolate, honey, muscovado sugar, dark red berries, slight liqourice and nutmeg notes. Taste is dark chocolate, coffee, muscovado sugar, vanilla, honey, dark red berries, some liqourice. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and quite creamy. Aftertaste is coffee and chocolate with some lingering pleasant boozy notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (2431) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - APR 21, 2014
Bottled. Pours black with a small, lacing tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, grass, grapefruit notes and notes of licorice and bitter coffee. Full bodied, creamy texture and soft carb. An awesome Impy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lilja (1527) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2014
Smak och doft av mörk choklad, kaffe, kakao, laktris, torkad frukt och rostade toner. Rund, len, mycket smakrik med viss syrlighet. Tydlig bitterchokladbeska med peppriga inslag. Riktigt gott och uppfriskande.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wurdahitah (22) - SWEDEN - APR 20, 2014
Black ale with a huge beige head. Aroma of coffe, caramel, liqorice and roasted malts. The taste is chocolate, coffe, hops, some malty sweetness and liqorice. The taste ends with a pleasant bitterness. Good but there are other stouts out there that are much better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jh773 (68) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2014
Opaque black. Smells like licorice, dark coffee, chocolate syrup. Taste is caramel, dark fruits, coffee, cocoa powder, but not really sweet at all. Slightly bitter finish, no alcohol warmth. Really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nicke80 (75) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2014
65 cl bottle from systembolaget bs. Pours dark with little head. Roasty aroma with oily taste and bitter aftertaste.

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