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RATINGS: 1231   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.


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
haukur (1204) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUN 19, 2004
incredible imperial stout. Perfect on looks, rich aroma of roast nuts, raisins, maybe some smoked meat or something... Taste is perfect for the style, a bit sweet with a nice dry bitter malty finish ... more of this please !!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
mynie (44) - Waterloo, Iowa, USA - JUN 5, 2004
Excellent despite its horrible lable. The aroma is something else, I can only compare it to fresh-ground coffee in its pleasent potency. Pours out straight black and despite being perhaps just a little bit too creamy tastes great.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hershiser2 (1191) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Whoa... Pitch black, rich and thick! Creamy, with a small head. Nice coffee/chocolate aroma, with some roasted/teasted something in there. THICK, rich, and smooth. Coffee, chocolate, caramels- very fine brew!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
temporrari (380) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2010 Bottle: Licorice, roasty, chocolate in the finish. Itís got some vapors going on. Either the bottle version has suffered, or this bottle was just off. Thin and uninteresting. Will revisit another bottle soon. Bottled = 3

Draft at Thirsty Dog, Dayton: Simply awesome. Black with a lasting dark brown head on it. I thought the bottle was creamy, no no. It is so rich and creamy on tap. This is such a delicous beer, I could drink this every day. I got a 1/2 gallon to go. Very, very good beer. No alcohol in the taste at all. Tap = 4.5

Iím calling 3.7 an average between the draft version, and the bottle I had recently that wasnít that great.
I would love to get a bottle of this to rate, itís been a while. 1-23-10

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (3954) - Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Bottle. Poured a small light brown head with fine-medium sized bubbles that fully diminished. The body was black and opaque. The aroma was malty, some chocolate notes, roasty and coffee. The flavor was malt and coffee with a smooth mouthfeel. This beerís lacing was fair. Recommended.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (4889) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 7, 2004
OK ready for number 1200? I am eagerly awaiting this gem of a number 22 rated beer. I hope I am not disappointed. Here we go! It pours a small head of very dark brown fine to medium sized long lasting bubbles that leave behind a good lacing. The body is opaque black like in a cave with no hope of seeing any carbonation in it. The aroma is a bit disappointing as it is very mile with only dark malts and a very mild roastyness to it. Time for the first taste. It is smooth yet burns slightly as it goes down. Its 9% ABV is apparent. There is a distinct malt bite to it that lingers somewhat in the finish. The flavors contain notes of coffee malt mollasses alcohol and mild sweetness. It is a potent brew and worthy of its high ratings.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (10099) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2004
Bottle - The pour was black with a medium brown head that did diminish over the course of drinking. The aroma was complex with toasted malt, molasses and coffee. Full body with creamy texture that finished with light alcohol. Full bitter sweet flavor with a long finish.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2004
This imperial stout pours with a black as night body topped by a medium thick brown head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with slight chocolate notes, a very slight roastiness and a touch of fruit. The aroma is very subtle. The flavor is sweet and malty with roasty coffee notes, a slight bitterness and nice chocolate and cream notes. Full bodied and very smooth.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2004
very very thick oily pour, the brown head shrank to a thin ring around the glass...MIlky, chocolate covered apricot aroma with a nice sourness behind it, but overall it was pretty subtle, and i had to whiff hard...but there were definite dark fruits there and i liked it. Nice soft palate with lots of roasty coffee flavors..some chocolate bars, some subtle sour lactose notes...slightly vinious, very velvety, silky mouthfeel, and a touch of finishing bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pexoo (17) - Avon Lake, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2004
Thick, dark, and rich, this beer leaves an amazing roasted/malt/coffee flavor on the tongue. It didnít have much of an aroma or head, but is has a great flavor and a better after taste.


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