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RATINGS: 1269   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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Creamy and full-bodied, with a complex character from generous amounts of roasted, toasted, and caramel malts. For those who demand flavor, this is the perfect libation. Bronze Medal winner 2003 GABF, Gold Medal winner 2005 GABF.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
arjoseph (640) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2005
GABF 2004. If I remember correctly, this sucker was potent. From the smell (alcohol and roast), to the huge flavors (well-developed but uncomplex coffee and sawdust) and lingering alcohol on the finish, one glass was enough. The palate rating went down because there was something not right about the finish. Anyway, if you threw this in an oak barrel, it might compete with Oak Aged Yeti, but for a regular impy, this stands up well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1551) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Totally dark with a medium brown head. Aroma of coffee, toffee and chocolate. Smooth, roasted malt flavor with tastes of chocolate and dark fruit along with some earthiness. Fortunate enough to have had this on tap (where the head and chocolate aroma was more pronounce) as welll as in the bottle (where I could dwell on it longer).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Deep dark brown color, minimal tan head. Mildly hopped aroma, dark chocolate malt. Flavor brings more of the same, but in a much better way. Thick body, sweet, creamy, milk chocolate, roasted, relatively low bitterness for the style. Thereís something inexplicably wonderful about this beer. A great imperial stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Bottle. Great label too. brentfeesh sent me this one and he is to be thanked and worshipped accordingly. Pours pitch black, black as night, black as coal and as black as every other cliche you can think of. No head at all and looks good and thick. Nose is pure malt, not much burnt aroma, just a doppelbockish maltiness in the nose. Body is pure velvet and full with a great coating texture that allows the entire mouth to enjoy it long after it is swallowed. As nice in texture and body as I have had. Obvious burnt malt and coffee flavors that fade into a sweet dark chocolate finish. Although no head to speak of, there is a little lacing as I suck this one down. This one was bottled in Frederick, MD by Frederick Brewing, not in Copley, Ohio, but itís awesome anyway. There is nothing that tastes bad about this beer. Very good, and props go out to brentfeesh... he sent me two so I still have one... !!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerGod (5502) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2005 Thanks to John (JCW) for sending this! Bottle. Pitch black. Medium frothy brown head. Nose is a myriad of roasted malt, dark bittersweet chocolate, light sweet malts, light licorice and coffee. Very rich aroma! Taste is just as rich. Roasted malt, big chocolate and coffee, and hints of licorice. Body is fairly thick and full with a velvety feel. Mild alcohol burn with this as well. Finishes with more big flavors - coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and licorice. Great stuff!

***Re-rate*** This came as an extra in a trade from JCW. This is hand bottled from the keg and not the contract brewed bottled version. Pours an opaque blackness. No head really except for some bubbles around the rim of the glass. Nose is downright heavenly! Rich roasted malts, double chocolate chip cookies, slightly burnt brownies, light coffee, dark chocolate, and caramel. Taste brings forth more burnt brownies, light coffee, chocolate chip cookies, and at one time reminded me of Cocoa Puffs. Light bitterness throughout and not too sweet, thankfully. Medium-full body with light stickiness and light alcohol warmth. Creamy at times as well. Finishes with a bit more bitterness coming out along with more coffee. Dark bittersweet chooclate and light caramel. Roasty malts are obviously lingering as well. Very nice! Much better than the original version, from what I recall. It seems to be a bit more rounded. Great stuff either way!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ungstrup (29992) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2005
A pitch black beer with an extremely fast disappearing brown head. The aroma is of alcohol, chocolate, and coffee. The flavor is sweet and very roasted to start off and then with notes of roasted coffee beans and a little dark bitter chocolate. The end is dry roasty with notes of coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (3270) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Brown-around-the-edges black with a suitably chocolate brown head that lasts as a small ring and a fizzy illy-pad in the center of the glass. Nose is big and chocolaty with a slight oxidative sherry twang. Surprisingly well carbonated--too much, almost enough that it comes across as fizzy. Lots of roasted coffee bitterness with a bit of chocolate, some tartness and a fruity note. Iím a bit disappointed though this isnít a bad deal at $1.50/12 oz.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10609) - SÝborg, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2005
Bottled: Deep dark red brown colour. Has a nice brown dense small head. Loads of coffee, roast and sweetness in the aroma. Flavour reminds me of a good cup of expresso. Yummy. Is sweet, roasty and light hopped. Has a delicious bitterness in the end, and the alcohol gives a nice warmth on the lips. Very good brew. Iíve been wanting to try this for quite some time. Thanks Jeppe for sharing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hotspur2001 (44) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2005
Absolute heaven. Smooth, thick, creamy and very dark. For the relatively high alcohol content there wasnít a strong presence at all. Had this on tap at the Brew Kettle in Strongsville.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 10, 2005
dark bread aroma, mild chocolate, light alc, currants. Black with no head. roast is balanced by big hits of chocolate, thick and creamy, finsish of late roast, a bit of peat, very very nice.

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