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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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 17, 2004
Pours ebony with hues of scarlet and a brown head. Aromas of bitter chocolate and coffee. Nice flavors very similar to the aroma with a bit of anise added to the party. A fair bite of American hops., but a somewhat watery texture that allows the flavors to fade too quickly. Becomes a little cloyingly sweet at the end. Not bad but not great. Middle of the road.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2004
Deep dark black with a hint of ruby at the edge. Thick, creamy dark tan head. Refreshing roasty aroma with spruce emanates, very pleasant. Flavor matched closely. This wasn’t a thick, contemplative Impy, this one was meant to throw back and enjoy. I did.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (1879) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 4, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2006 Pour is black with a deep creamy brown head. The aroma was all roasted chocolate an coffee. The taste was even better than the aroma. Delicious with lots of chocolate flavor. This was a very pleasant suprise and a great introduction to the Smuttynose line. Looking forward to more! 9/4/9/5/18

RERATE: Pitch black pour like motor oil. Thin dark tan web of head. Aroma is lots of coffee and chocolate. Flavor demonstrates a lot of hop character. Very dry flavor. Tongue scraping palate. Lesser than the older one. The hops are not entirely appropriate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2073) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2004
damn, a fine brew. pours dark with a thick tan head. smells of coffee and dark chocolate, taste is smooth and rich as to be expected. this is a nice imperial stout. i wish i live in this area of the country, they have damn fine, very under rated beers. a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2004
22oz bottle. 05.31.04 Pours jet black with a thin, marbly head. Aromas of roasty cocoa, coffee, dried apricot, cherry. Flavors are huge, popping mouthfuls of bitter, roasted goodness. Not even close to sweet. All biting, bitter, harsh, and delicious! Finish is slightly astringent, madly bitter, somewhat violent. Awesome beer! Dangerously drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Very nice. Black with weak tan head. Chocolate and coffee to the nose. Lighter than most Imperial Stouts but still full of flavor and texture. Flavor was of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Wow... this stuff is pretty darn good. Dark black with a cool tan chocolaty head. The nose is roasted malts with some chocolate. THe taset is gentle yet chalky in a good way with lots of chocolate and roasted very much malty. Prety darn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2004
black, brown head. hoppy malted milk aroma with roast, chocolate and raisin. flavour starts sweet and chocolatey, but moves to bitter chocolate and coffee and a roasty biiteer finish. very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2182) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2004
Deep black in colour. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, malt, very roasty. Flavour was deeply roasty, lots of malt and hops, creamy, chocolate sweetness. Large body. Finishes with a long lingering bitterness. Very well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2004
Very black in color. Very little head. Aroma of prunes and raisens. Nit as deep and dark of a flavor as I would exspect. Finnish is a little watery.

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