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RATINGS: 851   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 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 (3667) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7882) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Acquired via trade. Pours a deep dark brown (very nearly black) with a thick dark brown head that dissipated slowly. Decent lacing throughout. The aroma raised my eyebrows it was so roasty, with lots of coffee present. Rich-bodied with a strong roasted character, with coffee, hops and a bit of chocolate in the flavor. It could use a little more sweetness for balance though. The finish is lightly bitter and retains the coffee flavor. Overall this is a good Imperial Stout that simply needs a little more depth to be top shelf stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11443) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2004
Black body topped by big brown head. Aroma is medium sweet, rich chocolate, some roasty coffee. Taste is sweet, chocolate, some grapefruit, roasted/burnt coffee, light vinous. Medium-full body. Remarkably big beer for such a mild ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 20, 2004
Pours with a lage, frothy head, excellent lacing; nice, chocolatey, coffee, roasted,and lightly yeasty nose; thick, malty palate, with definite burnt chocolate/fudge, molasses and very slight smoke flavor; long bitter finish to balance the heaviness of the malt; not much alcohol noticed; quite drinkable for an I.S. Very good.

   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 (3274) - 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.

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