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RATINGS: 1309   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2005
This is a great Imperial Stout. Toasted malt, coffee, and licorice flavors, Finishes smooth, thick, and chewy. Went down dangerously quick too bad I only have one. Thanks Dave for this one.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bigdogbrewing (9) - Delaware, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2005 does not count
What can I say. This is beer. Huge body, huge flavor, huge malt, hops just right to balance the sweetness. This is thick and chewy.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2005 Balanced and inoffensive for an Impy and gave a noitceable rush from the coffee. Alcohol hid very well and the finish was short with no undesired aftertaste. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (2076) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Black oily pour with a thin brown head. Very attractive chocolate aroma. Oily smooth mouthfeel. Very nice over the tongue. No roast in the aroma or flavor. Sweet sticky. Easy to drink but overly simple. No complexity. Good but not great. I am dissapointed.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2005
The grand finale for my trio of top 50 rated stouts this evening, this beer courtesy of Captain Cougar! Definitely my favorite of the lot (Founder’s Breakfast and Oak Yeti being the others). Oily black, a deep tan head rose for a moment and then succombed. Aroma was molasses, tinged with a hint of chocolate. Flavor is abundantly of bittersweet chocolate, sort of like the hot chocolate from childhood. Bit toasty also. Overall, this beer didn’t show any sort of marvelous complexity, but I really enjoyed the flavor it was displaying.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 23, 2005
Minimal brown head, laces somewhat, retains decently. Aroma is great; pronounced roasted barley, nutty with alcohol. A bit sweet. Well blended chocolate and roasted nut flavors with neither dominating. Silky mouthfeel. Finishes very nicely, no burn, balanced bitterness with a dark chocolate aftertaste. Very well done.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Aroma: strong vanilla beans, some coco, coffee, dark malts, and cream
Appearance: dark brown--> black, little brown head
Flavor: very hoppy, coco and baker’s chocolate, moss, and mustiness
Palate: very dry and hoppy

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Intense roasty aroma, coffee and caramel. This beer is jet black, wtih a lovely dark tan head on top. Good coffee flavor, ends on a rather bitter note. Very nice imp stout, not so heavy as many others.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2005
A smooth silky pour of opaque liquid toast. Tan head with roasted aromatics hiding a faint fruitiness. Silky full moutnfeel with roasted chocolate toast. Slight coffee. A well made Imp. Stout.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2005
Just tried this back to back with Victory Storm King, and the similarity is remarkable. Slightly more sugary aroma, a little more toasty flavor, maybe slightly waterier. (I think I just made up a word.) Not quite as fascinating to stare at the foam formations, or in this case, the relative lack thereof.

Still playing: Zappa’s Over-nite Sensation.


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