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RATINGS: 816   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 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Another in a long line of commercial breweries with homebrew quality labels...but I digress...
Flavor is burned and chalky. Maybe some cocoa powder was used. The result is like a milkshake that was heated too long on the stove.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TChrome (1400) - Bedford, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Very dark brown with a dissipatin light brown head. Aroma is choclatey and very roasted. Flavor is roasted to the point of being burnt. In fact the burnt flavors overwhelm all else, which is not so good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Ebony black with an initially thick tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of coffee, cocoa, oats and light hops. Body is full and smooth with a low carbonation and a slight syrup feel. Flavor is of cocoa, espresso, bitter chocolate and roasted oats. A bit of a dry finish and not as sweet as some of my favorite Imperial Stouts. Has a lingering bitterness that I could do without. Overall a good brew but I prefer the sweeter higher abv Imperials.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2004
Smells like chocolate and coffee. Pours nice dark brown with good brown head. Tastes the same, mainly coffee aftertaste. Slightly bitter but full of flavor. Doesn’t go down as smooth as I would like. Good flavor and good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Nice dark brown to almost black color,small dark tan head that faded quickly but left a slight lace behind.Roasty,malty aroma with a decent chocolate and coffe hint as well as some hops coming through.Nice roasty malt taste with a slight sweet side as well as maybe a sort of salty thing going on as well.The coffee is a little mild with a decent bakers chocolate coming through towards the end.The hops come through nicely with a decent bitterness in the end,and an after taste of dark chocolate.The alcohol manages to stay in check for the most part with just a hint in the end.Not as smooth as the Bear Republic Stout but still pretty decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2004
Near black with a cascading tan head. Sweet dark chocolate wit a noticeable floral hops backdrop. Sweet dark chocolate start with a touch of light fruit. A bitter coffee middle. Finish is roasted grain goodness with enough flavor hops to add to the dimension. linger is long and roasty. Smooth feel. Thanks to Falconeye8 for this brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3637) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2004
For nearly ten years my wife and I have made our own breakfast cereal--a homemade granola from oatmeal, oat bran, wheat germ, molasses, honey, and nuts. Every few years someone forgets to set the over timer and we return to a kitchen full of smoke from burnt granola. If Smuttynose ever needs the inspiration for a new BIG beer, I could send them the whole pan (which we inevitably end up throwing out anyway), caked with burnt molasses and grains. This beer is big, for sure, just pounding away at the senses with roasted/burnt coffee and chocolate. Roasted. Very roasted. Big black, with a nice dark tan head, fully opaque. Decent palate, not noteworthily silky but substantial and tingling nicely with the aftereffects of the beer. Nicely restrained alcohol (nice to see an Imperial Stout at 7.1% abv rather than the all-too-common 10%+ ones). Good flavors (roasted, molasses, chocoate, coffee, hops are there)...did I mention this is a very roasted beer?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2004
Pours black with a tall brown head that leaves moderate lacing on the way down. Strong roasty chocolate aroma very nice. Taste is very rich and sweet with tons of dark chocolate and a faint rum raisin thing going on. Nice bitterness at the end to balance it out a bit. Great thickness and just an amazing all around imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2004
Black with a brown quickly diminishing head. Lots of chocolate in the aroma. The flavor is chocolatey, roasted and hoppy. The aftertaste has lasting bitterness with coffee notes. Moderately thick and very enjoyable to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JUL 11, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2007 Pours black with a tan head. I wasn’t impressed with this one at all. Extremely high alcohol taste. Chocolate and more alcohol. Very sweet taste.


rerate..... pours dark as night with a small tan head. Chocolate and roasted notes everywhere. I must have been drinking an odd bottle or something last time. Thick, huge body. Awesome.

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