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RATINGS: 1265   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerGod (5456) - 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 (29988) - 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 (3224) - 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. I’m a bit disappointed though this isn’t a bad deal at $1.50/12 oz.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10597) - Søborg, 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. I’ve 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 wasn’t 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2005
This is a damn good stout, good chocolate and coffee mixture going on, alcohol isn’t too strong at all, will get again and already have.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2005
OMG!!! I really shouldn’t go 25,000 miles between oil changes!! This stuff redefines the color black! Pours a deep, deep dark syrupy black with an every so slight brown head. I had heard about the true qualities of this beer for some time but finally got around to trying it. Very impressive!! The sent is that of strong black coffee and dark semi-sweet chocolate. This stout has a nice smooth taste that leaves the palate with an chocolatey after taste. A real treat!! Think I will go have another!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
garrison (792) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2009 From a 12 ounce bottle -This one pours a pitch black liquid with a thick (but rapidly diminishing for a stout) brown head and a complex chocolate-alcohol-malt aroma. Tastewise, this is a perfect beer - rich, creamy in flavor, with a mocha-type body and a hell of a wallop to it! God bless my loving girlfriend Nancy for gifting me with this liquid ambrosia!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2004
12.29.04 12oz bottle. Another treat from bkelley68! This beer pours jet black with slight highlights and little lasting head. Aromas are pungent: port, dirt, sour grapes. Flavors follow suit with more earth, lots of acidic middle and lingering tartness like burnt coffee. More grapes. Finishes dry as I can imagine an imperial stout can be, a nice surprise. This brew is all business...Thanks, Brian, for sending two!

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