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RATINGS: 864   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


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2361) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2006
22 oz bomber. Pours a pitch black color with an extremely thick beige head. Aroma is of roasted coffee beans, fresh malt and dark rich chocolate. Taste is very bitter yet smooth with a roasted coffee dominance. Dark chocolate,malts and smoked flavor are prominent. Excellent !!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mephisto (1269) - TAIWAN - MAR 27, 2006
jet black with a nice brown head. coffee and roasty nuts aroma and flavor. full bodied, it is rich and bitter. nice brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 26, 2006
22 oz bottle black pour , small tan head , good lace . good coffee / dark fruit aroma. thin palate , nice flavor of sweet to bitter chocolate, leaves a little dry and a sort of smoky taste .. good stuff

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Obviously black and opaque beer. Thin beige head. Burnt roast aroma. Malty roast flavor. Leaves a sweet, dark fruit like and then bitter finish. There is a little body, it tries to have some substance before thinning out. Defintely not a bottle of motor oil. No alcohol bite. This bottle has been aged for at least a year.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2006
Light dark brown film covers the opaque black robe. Dark malts offer powdered cocoa and rooty roasted earthiness as well as anise flavours that evolve into a sweet and malty taste. Well disposed malts could use further vinous/fruity leanings, but the roastiness level is most satisfying, procuring a dry-out effect to the otherwise brown sugar like sweetness. Limited hop presence, no acidity, just the balanced interplays of dark malts. The carbonation feels right, supporting the medium body with adequate malty roundness, if not as thick as some.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2006
This beer greets the nose with an aroma consisting of malt, smoke, nuts, and chocolate. It is dark dark brown colored with a thick brown head. This beer enters the mouth thick and heavy with a taste consisting of smoke and mild hint of tar. The smoky taste lingers long after the beer has left the mouth.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Pours the usual brown with a tan head. Smells of vanilla, cocoa, sweet chocolate, coffee, some figs. Taste is roasted with some bitter chocolate and fruity notes popping through. Finish is sweet and unbalanced.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4897) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of IMtheOptimator via trade. Big malty aroma. Lots of chocolate with light vanilla, lighter caramel, and the slightest hints of coffee. Pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small tan head. Flavor is the opposite of the aroma. Quick maltiness of chocolate and caramel is quickly overtaken by a strong coffee finish. Leaves a cafe mocha aftertaste. As it sits and warms, maltiness increases a little and improves the flavor. A tad thin for an Imperial Stout.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Thanks to rater The_Beer_God for shipping this lovely elixir my way.

This was the third ratable beer of the night for Joey and Matt’s first annual Porter / Stout till you drop…
Poured a dense ink black body and an amazingly resilient dark tan head. The aroma and flavor is a mass of toffee and chocolate malts; sweeter hints of raisin and then bitterness of prune in the beginning... Light notes of toffee and molasses but most abundant were suggestions of mildly bitter chocolate and cold coffee. On the sweeter side of Imperial stouts but the bitterness does show itself in the arid finish, a remarkably creamy palate….. Overall a Slam Dunk for this Imp Stout!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Many thanks to Matta for providing this brew late into the first installment of what will hopefully become a semi-regular tasting session. Smelled of roasted malts, premium coffee and chocolate. Deep black with a goodly thick head. Nice balance of malt to hop. Smooth fore of choclolate and coffe melds smoothly into a creamy finish puncuated by a flourish of welcome bitterness. Very full and thick feel to it. Nicely freaking done guys.


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