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RATINGS: 882   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


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Deep black body, the head is short but an interesting color - kind of purple tan (?), thin lacing. Roasty sweet malt aroma. Taste is somewhat sharp - bitter roasted coffee, dark chocolate, hoppy finish. Thinner body than many other impy stouts. This tastes great with blueberries, raspberries, etc. (I picked this bottle up in New Jersey, Ocotober, 2004)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 21, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2005 Black bour with a dark brown head that dissipated almost instantly. Sweet, roasty smell to it with a coffee finish to the aroma. Initial flavor is sweet malt, with a full roasty middle. The finish is a bitter coffee mixed with an alcohol sweetness. Thinner than I’d hoped, but it has a wet finish even still. Could use a little more thickness in the mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2005
Pours a very dark black color with a very small brown highlight and a thin light brown head. Very appealing and well balanced aroma of roasted and biscuity malts, chocolate and hops. Excellent flavor of roasted and biscuity malts, chocolate and hops with a bitter finish. Very good impy stout, very well done.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2005
2003 bottle. Aroma of chocolate, sherry, coffee and hops. Taste is somewhat smooth with the above flavors predominant along with vanilla and tart grapefruit. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Wow, bottle. Poured dark and mysterious. The aroma was complex, roasted, toasted, chocolate, smoke vanilla. This is great! Mouth feel was thick, man, like a shake. Smooth chocolate taste with an underlying roasting. This was excellent. want more.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2005
The aroma spoke a language littered in smoked apricot, meat, and vinous waves of chewy wood accented vanilla laced bourbon. That was a mouthful, eh? as was this beer, flowing with smooth chocolate and vanilla flavors with slightly hidden notes of dried fruit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Thanks to whomever shared this at the RB gathering at O’Brien’s last nite. This is a very dry, smokey imperial stout, with all of the usual appearance characteristics (it’s black). Tasty.

4.1
   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.

4.1
   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 can’t beat that.Nothing worse than a brew having a great aroma then shocking you with no flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fly (1419) - 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?


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