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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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2010
Bottle 1pt.6fl.oz. @ home.
[ Trade by VikingHammer ]. Clear dark black color with a average, frothy - fizzy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige to light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, dried dark berry, alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long long duration, light licorice. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - creamy and sticky, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. [20100203]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (32032) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2007
Blind tasting at sk8vikings porter / stout tasting, beer no 30. Pours dark black to brown with a brown lacing head. Dark malt, slight roasted aroma. Soft mellow liqourice and chocolate flavour. Dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ungstrup (29848) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 4, 2005
A black beer with a brown head. The aroma is of roasted malt combined with notes of alcohol and chocolate. The flavor is sweet roasted with notes of chocolate, straw, and and alcohol, and a very smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2007 (Bottle 65 cl) Pours completely black and opaque with a light brown head. Sweetish aroma of lightly burned malts. Very solid body with distinct sweetish and hard roasted malts with some vanilla accents. Some bitterness from the malts. 011206 and 070907

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (21507) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2006
Bottle. Black coloured with a beige head. Roasted aroma of coffee, dried fruits and hops. Roasted flavour of coffee, caramel and chocolate with notes of hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (20902) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2006
Bottled. Pitch black colour, mediumsized brown head. Aroma of conifereous woods, alcohol, licorace, strong hops and roasted malts. Flavour is pitch, roasted malts, old coffee, alcoholic sweetness. Wellbalanced and lovely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19956) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2006
Bottled. Black, brief head. Extreme grapefruit aroma. Under the hop detived flavours of peach, lychee and grapefruit lies tar and licorice. The roasty malt plays second fiddle to th ehops, and in a blind test I could have mistalen this for an IIPA. Very bitter finish. Soft and relatively drinkable. Offering an interesting twist on the style, and a wonderful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (17520) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2007
Bottle. Thanks alot Jason (Kramer17801) for this one. Pours a black color with a tan head. Sweet malty slightly roasted aroma with hoppy hints. There are also some hints of chocolate in the aroma. Sweet malty roasted flavor with hints of hops, chocolate and coffee. Swet malty finish with a hoppy bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2011
5th April 2009
Opaque black stout with a thin chocolate head. Palate is silky smooth and soft with an almost minty coolness. Start is sweet, almost sugary. This turns in to a raspberry - blackcurrant undertone with malt on top. Segues seamlessly in to a warming finish with mild coffee and a faint bitter hop finish. Keeping parallel with all this are subtle chocolate and brandy tones. A superior RIS!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (15260) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 8, 2009
Bottle at Akkurat, Stockholm; vintage 2007, 2 years old
Black oil color; big creamy head. It has a strong aroma of good coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, cheese, paper. Good body strength, not thick; there is chocolate flavor first, followed by rhubarb candies, more roasted malt and coffee in the end; some milky impression too; it’s very pleasant how the flavors follow each other. Quite strong bitterness. Interesting and well brewed.

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