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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11526) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Bomber from Josh. Not a member, I think. But I’m working on that. BC in 2009. It is at least 3 months old. Pours very black with a huge foamy tan head. Very strong aromas of toasted malt, anise, chocolate, coffee? Full bodied with smooth carbonation. There’s a strong brown candy/treacle component. Plus dark malt, lots of chocolate, possibly coffee. There’s some nice hop bitter, arguably citrus. This is very flavorful. Arguably well balanced. Yummy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (11486) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pitch black beer with a very nice lasting brownish head. Malty caramel aroma, roasted, dark chocolate, some earthy notes, licorice, cocoa powder, some vanilla, figs, tar notes. leather, some coffee. Roasted chocolate and coffee flacvor, dark chocolate, figs, some hoppy bitterness, licorice, salty notes, earthy, some cream and toffee. Extremely drinkable with alcohol very well hidden, full bodied and with a pleasant balnaced finish bringing chocolate, vanilla, cocoa, licorice, salt and some toffee. Really nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11277) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2009
Black with a lasting tan head. Aroma of licorice, with strong citrus hop notes. Sweet and roasted flavour with warming alcohol, and a hoppy and bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11223) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2008
22oz bottle-pours a rich brown milkshake head and oil black color. Aroma is sweet dark malt-licorice, secondary hops. Taste is sweet dark malt-licorice/anise/tar, wood, secondary hops-sharp bite/citrus, dark fruit. Good carbonation. Nice. Not usually my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11084) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Bottle shared at local BA gathering. Poured dark brown color with a moderate frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate roasted malt, chocolate and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted sweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. Another standout brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2011
Date: October 04, 1997
Mode: Bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Appearance: black
Aroma: big sweet hot malt aroma
Flavor: rich roaster malt flavor, alcoholic, slight malt bitterness

Date: September 02, 2004
Source: tasting
ditto, nice big body

Date: September 09, 2006
Source: tasting
very creamy body

Date: May 19, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
dry roasted malt and american hops are much more present

Date: April 03, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Vintage: 2006
Score: 3.6 to 3.8
Appearance: black, fine tan head that quickly fades away, drops of lace
Aroma: sweet roasted aroma with dark chocolate and licorice and a fruity vinous character
Body: same creamy body
Flavor: rich dark chocolate balanced by light bitterness, lingering bitterness from the dark chocolate but not the normal astrengency from dark malts, touch of dark ripe fruits adds a sweet character, a touch of citrus in a hoppy roasted bitter finish

Date: April 23, 2011
Mode: draft
Vintage: 2007
Score: 3.4
Words: tmac fred
Appearance: black, frothy tan head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, light roasted, touch of oxidation
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, touch of dark fruits, sweet licorice, heavy dark roast leaves a long bitter finish

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (10459) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2005
Bottled: Pitch black coloured. Brown dense head. Chocolate, malt, roast and some light coffee in the nose. Malt, alcohol, roast and cocoa in the flavour. Quite full bodied. Ends on a medium bitter note. This is a very good beer. Thanks Jeppe

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (10455) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2007
A deep dark stout with a thin moka head. Pleasant chocolate aroma, with vinous notes, alcohol, prunes, very noice and complex. In mouth, a good coffee moka with bitter chocolate, prunes, alcohol in finale, very warming. This can be described as chewy. A quality beer from Smuttynose!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2008
Black with large deep beige head. Sweet aroma with plenty of roastedmalt, coffee, chocolate and caramel notes. Sweet flavour with roasted malt, caramel, coffee and chocolate notes. Somewhat booze. But still fine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10208) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Bomber shared by aplusbreaks poured a translucent dark brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt and dark fruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, carmel, vanilla and light oak with a smooth lingering roasty finish.

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