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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

cloudskipper's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cloudskipper (17) - Alameda, California, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Bomber received in a trade from Drink4Satan, thanks! Pours very thick. A lot hoppier than I expected in both the nose and the taste. The hops have the edge over the malts in the taste profile, and I like that. Very unusual for a stout. Finish is very long - aftertaste lingers for quite some time. Unusual Imperial Stout, but good to see someone breaking the mold.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HULK777 (417) - - DEC 22, 2014
The nose is full of fruit combined with dark malts. Chocolates, coffee, faint licorice, and citrus fruit. Taste is very nice; I find toast bread, chocolate, coffee, cream, vanilla, and some lime/citrus. Creamy. Well-balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gaultier (506) - SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2014
Beer tasting @ Havregatan 21/12-14. Aroma: Chocolatey, cacao, roasted malt, light hoppy. Taste: Dito + licorice, sweet. Body is light full, the finish is dry with taste of chocolate and cacao. Also a bit warming alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jorn69 (1164) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2014
@ Havregatan 141221. Bottle (650 ml) from Systembolaget. Roasted malty with light hoppy notes , chocolate and liquorice, vanilla notes, sweet with alcoholic notes, medium to full body with an oily to creamy texture. The finish is dry, bitter, roasted with chocolate and alcoholic notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Itzjerm (1401) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Aroma is dark chocolate burnt and vanilla. Quick fading head but pitch black appearance. Flavor is light vanilla and burnt chocolate. Kinda harsh on the tongue. An average Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoworsummer (2473) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2014
From a bomber. Pours dark brown with a fizzy light brown head. Smells like booze, a little chocolate, very roasted malt, light tobacco and burnt toast. Tastes like booze, dark chocolate, burnt toast, burnt coffee, very roasted malt, and dry tobacco. Light/medium body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EyeAmBaldman (316) - Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Pours nearly black with a thin tan head. Aroma is chocolatey with notes of alcohol. Mild carbonation in the mouth with notes of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Has a lot of sweetness yet bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ekstedt (5633) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2014
Bottle (bomber) from Systembolaget. Black with beige head. Intense roasted aroma, plenty of coffee, some piney and citric hops. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Dry, medium bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
teemoney (89) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Poured from bomber into snifter. Deep, dark brown with khaki head that fluffs up a little then breaks down to some bubbles around the edge. Scent is heavy with roasty, chocolate notes out of the bottle, then fades out as it sits to a more malty/ "stouty" scent. Taste has roasted malt, chocolate, a little boozy heat, and some coffee/ dark chocolate bitterness in the finish. Feel is nice and smooth, and it oats the mouth a little, but not too much. This is a fantastic beer, really tasty, pretty well balanced. I think maybe a little bit of age to tame the bitterness a little more would probably make it perfect (I’m going to buy another one or two bottles and find out!)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopmaestro (194) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2014
Aroma is medium-heavy malts, dark chocolates and a small roasted nose-tickling sensation. The flavor is old coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts and dried berries. I actually pick up a distant note of black currant, but that can be my brain pulling a prank on me. There’s also a soft note from liquorice and the after taste lands in bitterness that is pleasant. This one is very smooth and well balanced

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3346) - 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

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