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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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an exceptionally rich, powerful stout in the style originally brewed in England for the Tsars of Russia...warming and complex with flavors of dried fruit & chocolate...a silver medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO in September ‘01


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Name: High Desert IS
Date: 05/22/2008
Mode: Hand Bottled
Source: Tasting

Appearance: black, scant beige head,
Aroma: sweet dark chocolate aroma with a fruity winey character,
Body: creamy body,
Flavor: rich dark chocolate flavor with a nice roastedness for balance, milky sweetness from a dark caramel character, light bitterness,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4
-------- /> I would like to rerate this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Pours a deep dark brown color with a thin brown head. Aroma is malty, roast, and milk chocolate. Flavor is malty, milk chocolate, roast, and a bitter cocoa finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4130) - Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours dark brown, thin tan head. Aroma of roast. Flavor is sweet, lots of toasted malt.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2008
From an aging growler coutesy of Maniac. Very dark almost opaque with little head. Roasty malt aroma with some fruity yeast notes. Sweet roast and chocolate malts and rum soaked fruit flavors with a touch of woodiness. Chocolate and coffee in the finish with a bit of grain astringency.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2008
growler@Vero Beach Throwdown-pours a tan head that dissipates to a ring of bubbles and black color. Aroma is dark malt-licorice/chocolate, some acidic. Taste is dark malt-licorice/chocolate, some acidic-hops/alcohol bite. Thanks hopscotch for sharing.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Butters (3735) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2008
Once again, thanks to maniac for supplying me. Growler. Pours like used motor oil. Very full bodied. Lots of dark chocolate and alcohol present. Didn’t care for it personally.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2008
Peat, wood, smoke aroma. Sweet light fruit body (ex: pears,,,). Smokey ending.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2008
From a growler shared by maniac. Thanks! Thickly coating yellow-black color. Looks rather medicinal, but I like it anyway. Smoky wood aroma with a little bit of offputting plastic. Astringent taste with fruity peach and grape notes. Lighter mouthfeel and almost feels like a wine to me. Dangerously drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - APR 11, 2008
Growler courtesy of kmweaver. Pours brown with a rich, creamy tan head. Smells fruity with some elements of spice, chocolate, hints of vanilla. Tastes of dark chocolate, some bitter hints, some warming alcohol, lots of spiciness, elements of dark fruit. The alcohol interferes a bit with the beer on the finish. Decent.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3256) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2008
Black with dark brown at edges, very good head. Aroma is a touch alcoholic with chocolate and dark fruit. Rich chocolate and dark fruit flavor. Alcohol still there, giving it a slightly rummy flavor due to presence of some molasses. Good stuff. Thanks to maniac for bringing this back.


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