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RATINGS: 515   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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It's nice to be able to finally brew some beer without restrictions on it. we came from Colorado where we could brew or try anything. We've been waiting 7 years to make a stout and we harnessed all that frustration into this batch of beer.

We didn't get caught up in the parameters of a specific style we just brewed a big fat hoppy beautiful beer. The timing of the law change couldn't have been better for us, because it has taken until this summer for us to get set up in our new brewery. We finally have some capacity to experiment with some new style. This could lead into a seasonal offering from us in the future. For now we're just glad we can satisfy the demands of the folks who have been on us since day 1 to make a stout.

Malt: 70/80 crystal malt, chocolate malt, black malt, roasted malt

Hops: Centennial, Willamette and cascade - on the dry hop!


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jhp40219 (301) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 14, 2014
12 oz bottle into snifter. Pours black with a chocolate colored head that leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma is surprisingly hoppy for an imperial stout. Big earthy hops with a bit of citrus, smoke, toasty malt and pine. If I had just smelled this, no way Iíd guess this was an imperial stout! Taste is also far hoppier than any imperial stout Iíve ever tasted. Fresh earthy hops too. You can tell this was dry hopped. Toasted malt, smoke, pine, and a bit of chocolate in the finish. Far more black IPA tasting than expected. Medium to slightly full bodied, oily but a little creamy textured, average to low carbonation, long and dry finish of earthy hops and toasted malts. VERY impressed! Tastes of a heavy black IPA with the body of a stout. Unlike any imperial stout Iíve ever had. Love the strong dry hop taste!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CJ_Pain (73) - Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Not an imperial stout. More akin to a black ale or even a black IPA. Very similar, though slightly less hoppy than their dank tank "Some Strange". All that being said based not upon style than itís one helluva beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (1981) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - FEB 6, 2014
12oz bottle - smoky pine nose. Smooth for a impy stout. Black malts. Impressed.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndyReynolds (861) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Smoke-Kay thanks to Chudwick. Wasnít quite expecting that from an imperial stout but whatevs.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gendv138 (1026) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Draft at ChurchKey. Pours black with a tan head. Aromas of lemon citrus, big interesting herbal/spiced notes that I couldnít quite determine, maybe a bit of a minty or green tea flavor. On the taste, the herbal/spiced notes come through with some milk chocolate and caramel, maybe a bit of mint or green tea again. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (1852) - Silver Spring, USA - JAN 30, 2014
On tap at R.D.F. in Gallery Place, Washington, DC. Opaque, brown-black with a small creamy khaki head and very good lacing. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, roasted malt and tropical fruit. Taste of pink grapefruit, orange, pineapple, roasted malt, and tropical fruit. Medium/full body and medium/high carbonation. More like a black IPA with a roasted malt backbone than an imperial stout. For a stout, this is a pretty decent IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6003) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2014
12oz bottle, from Party Town. Best before 1/07/15. Black color. Good one-finger thick light brown head. Leaves good, thicker lace, and has good head retention. A lot of that c-hop in this thing. Getting a lot more citrusy hop than expected. Big bitter taste. Roast malt, some dark chocolate. Light, lightly spicy bite in the finish. Bigger body. Smooth, chewy texture. Lightly slick. Lighter carbonation. Nice stuff... I like the hop, I like the stout characteristics... But the citrusy west-coast type hop seems to clash. I donít mind a hoppy stout but Iím not entirely comfortable with this type of hoppy stout. I like the bigger bitterness, though, minimal sweet here, and good roasty aftertaste. This gets better as it warms up... LOL at the suggestive label that RB has displayed. My 12oz bottle has a label of 2 guys catching a fish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1132) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2014
Black with a good chocolate head. Aroma is dates, molasses, citrus peel, tobacco. Medium bodied, roasty bitterness on the palate. Taste is dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits. A little boozy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrFecesious (919) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle share. Thanks Jason. Almost black, minimal cap. Aroma of chocolate, molasses, coffee, bread. Taste is both bitter (hoppy) and sweet. Tangy mouthfeel. Reasonably dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
metalhead0043 (144) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2014 12 oz bottle for 2 bucks. Pours black as night with a brown head. Looks great. Aroma is slightly chocolatey, very sweet with a piney hop aroma as well. Taste is burnt chocolate, slightly fruity with little other flavor. No bitterness or anything. Body is just average and a little thin for an imperial stout. Average carbonation. Overall this is a decent and easy to drink Imperial Stout. Itís definitely different from most beers in the style. I like it but it lacks a very robust flavor.


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