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RATINGS: 873   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


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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jh773 (154) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2014
Opaque black. Smells like licorice, dark coffee, chocolate syrup. Taste is caramel, dark fruits, coffee, cocoa powder, but not really sweet at all. Slightly bitter finish, no alcohol warmth. Really good.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3316) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 7, 2014
Tan head good size dark pour soft medium carbonation aromas roast coffee caramel dark chocolate good hops involved grain hint the flavours grain roast coffee rich dark chocolate medium bitter dried fruit caramel a burnt note crisp on palate liquorice gives a lovely sweetness sticky note good balance full body the finish best tastes fruit malts lasting bitter wonderful good balanced imperial

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvsn (682) - ISRAEL - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting. BB Jan 2015. Deep brown-opaque black with a thick beige-brown head. Very roasted aroma, with strong notes of coffee and dark chocolate. Sweet, coffee, cocoa, dried fruits, licorice, alcoholic but not offensive, decent hoppy bitterness. Rather full-bodied, soft carbonation, smooth and creamy, long sticky aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rayaron (300) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Mastikim, Ra’anana. Thanks zvsn. Opaque black with medium brownish bubbly head. Sweet aroma of vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate, a bit woody, licorice. Sweet vanilla flavor, coffee notes, notes of coconut, sugary, roasted malt, sticky dry bitter-sweet finish. Light carbonation, creamy, full-bodied. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FunkyF (103) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2014
Flaska från SB. Nästan svart med brunt skum. Doft av choklad. Smak av choklad, kaffe och karamell.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nische (871) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2014
Near black with tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, light acidity and some leather. Taste is similar, massive, rich, full with roasted coffee notes and chocolate. Nice and creamy.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
andysando (40) - SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Aroma of dark chocolate, liquorice, roasted malts and coffee. Almost barley wine? Taste is great with mostly dark chocolate, liquorice and dried fruits. Nice tanned head and good mouthfeel. Need one more layer to hit the next level.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (6242) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Mastikim. Thanks zvsn. BBD 1/15. 10%. Black with a light brown head. Roasty aroma with coffee, some dark fruits, a bit of cocoa and a bit of alcohol. Bittersweet roasty flavor with coffee, a bit of chocolate, some dark fruits and quite a bit of alcohol. Medium to full-bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daje (2609) - NORWAY - OCT 29, 2014
Bottle at Cafe Sara, october 17th 2014. Black body with a brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate brownies, dark fruity hops. Taste of chocolate, espresso, dusty hops, wood, slightly citric finish with a pleasant thick roasty aftertaste,

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (1545) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Draft sampler. Black with small tan head. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla. Dark and smoky. The usual suspects in a imperial stout, executed nicely.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trapped (865) - New York City, TURKEY - OCT 18, 2014
Draught. Inky black with creamy large chocolate-colored head, caramel aroma, low carbonation, mocha-caramel taste with a hint of berries, long bitter finish which releases the alcohol undertones suppressed succesfully until then. A very good brew, the only possible flaw being the bitterness of the coffee beans aftertaste.


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