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RATINGS: 1293   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (3713) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (11166) - 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.

4.9
   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.

4.2
   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.

4.2
   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.

4.3
   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!!

5
   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!

3.9
   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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5217) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2005 Pours a very dark purple with no head. The aroma is mushrooms, earthy moss with a little sherry and alocohol. The taste has a few cherries with chocolate and lots of malt. The finish is a fairly sweet honey. A long lingering coffee finish The mouthfeel is fairly thin. Thanks a lot, BBB63!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2004
appeared a dark nearly black w/ a purplish hugh to it.. almost no head. The scent was earthy, grassy, & hoppy. The palate was very creamy w/ some nice carbonation. the flavor was a bit sweet, a chocolate, coffee, malty, bitter blend. Overall this was really really good, it had a sweet finish that reminded me of a barley whine. Thanks to Mike for bringing this one.


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