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RATINGS: 855   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 weíd have it return with a bang. We bumped up the starting gravity from 20į P to 24į P. This allowed the beer to finish just over 10% ABV. Like this yearís Barleywine, weíve 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 thatís the story Iím stickiní 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 itís aging. Iíd 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Completely black body with a head that looks like rusty steel wool. Very sweet orange and chocolate aroma. Thick taste. Dark chocolate flavor with an orange peel-like finish. A little warming but no alcohol taste. Reminds me of a dessert I used to enjoy as a kid...chocolate cocoa covered orange peels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2004
UPDATED: APR 14, 2007 Bottle courtesy of a trade with Zathrus13.Pours a deep dark mohagany with a thick dark tan head.Aromas of French roast coffee and dark chocolate are teamed up nicely with a little bit of hops and molasses.It tastes like it smells and you canít beat that.Nothing worse than a brew having a great aroma then shocking you with no flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Coffee melding with hops and other roast falvors and other elements to place this as a very fine and refined imperial stout. Please, may I have another?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chandernagor (39) - Oak Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Pours dark black with a frothy brown head and some sediments. Aroma is earthy, coffee and dried fruits. Flavor is mostly dark coffee, with a hint of smoke. Very unbalanced to me. This finishes very bitter, burnt, almost salty, and the mouthfeel is a bit watery for an imperial. Iím a bit disappointed to get here all the things I didnít like from their "Robust Porter" even though itís still a nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2004
Poured a dark, dark black with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas and tastes of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Sweet with a nice bitter balance. Smooth body. This was a good beer that I would definitely drink again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2004
Bottle. Deep dark brown in color with a tan head. Roasty aroma, and flavor. Chocolately. Caramel notes. Well balanced. Full bodied. Decent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 28, 2004
This Imperial stout pours with a black body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet yet bitter with a note of licorice, a touch of coffee and a little roastiness. The flavor is slightly sweet yet bitter and hoppy with a touch of coffee, a very slight rostiness and some licorice. Full bodied, smooth and a touch tingly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2004
Pours a deep black hue with a small white off-white head. aromas of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the flavors are the sam as the aromas but in a good way. Thi brew is very tasty despite the alcohol tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rajendra82 (953) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Provided via a trade by BeerAdvocate ppoitras, this big beer series member came in a 22 oz. brown bomber. The beer pored just a shade brown of pitch black with a khaki head. The body was opaque with no highlights at the edges. The aroma was like a fine mocha espresso. The taste was dry and bitter, once again reminding me of a strong dark coffee. Very roasty and burnt with a hint of sourness, this beer was clearly not trying to appeal to those with a sweet tooth. The body was a bit thin for an imperial stout, and the alcohol was not quite up there. A couple of more percent ABV would have made this spectacular.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2004
Bottle pours black as space, large foamy tannish head, with so-so lacing.   Hops and roasted malts on the nose.   Strong roasted malt character, slight hop bite.   Decent body, alright mouthfeel.   Nothing stands out as this being really fantastic.   Its a good Stout, but just not as heavy as I would have thought for an Impy.   Finishes with a good hop bite, slight roasted maltiness.   No chocolate notes, or hints of soy.   Meh... Thanks goes out to radiomgb for the trade!

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