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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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2004
"Stouty" black body. Dry coffeeish / chocolately aroma with strawberry notes. Intense chocolate malt flavor has candied cherry, dark chocolate an da certain grainy yeastiness. Finishes with a residual mocha flavor. This was my last beer of the whole festival, I used my 6oz pour on it. My tongue was pretty shot by then but I’m certain this is an excellent stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (8464) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2012 Draft - October 2004
GABF 2004 - I sampled this with my 6oz pour both night I atteneded the festival, and it was definitly a highlight of the event. Beats the snot out of the bottled version. Solid black body with a medium sized brown head. Bubbled lacing rather than oily. Intensely sweet and smooth, very bright and fresh tasting. Light bourbon and cream flavors, with fresh wood and hops exploding everywhere. Extremely thick body and an oily mouth feel, moderate carbonation and light alcohol presence. AWESOME STOUT.
Draft rating: 9/5/9/4/18 = 4.5

Bottle - July 2004
Black, brown head. nose is a roast cherry and chocolate concoction, sweet smoked malts, strong chocolate and thick flavor... nice stuff. Lots of smoke in the finish... glad I could try this at RBSG 2004.
Bottle rating: 8/4/8/4/17 = 4.1

From a 25-imperial stout blind tasting, Feb 2008
More of a black cherry, plum, char and motor oil quality in the nose, with a slight soy sauce note as well. Heavily roasted, with some charred bread/toast, but nicely balanced with a rich chocolate malt flavor, not too ashy but a little too much char (chocolate char?), and a light oatmeal note as well. I actually guessed this one right, but not because of anything really in particular (chance?)
7/4/7/4/14 = 3.6

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5507) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2004
GABF2004... Poured a black color with a medium sized tan head. Aroma of roast, chocolate, dark fruits, smoke and toffee. Taste was nice roasty and toasty chocolate, anise, and light figs. Full and round mouthfeel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2005 Black. Nose of deep, dark chocolate, burnt malt, caramel malt, roasted malt, black currants and other various dark fruits. Lovely, malt accented, true to the style imperial stout with notes of chocolate, roasted, black and caramel malt with other notes of cocoa and currants. Well balanced and nice depth. A great Imperial that represents the style well.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Totally black color with a nice tan head. Huge aromas of roasted malt, coffee and lactose. Taste is bittered nicely and roasted. An imperial stout can be good without actually touching a bourbon barrel. Who woulda thunk that? One of my GABF favorites.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2005 Poured BLACK with a medium brown head. Aroma of smoke and chocolate. Flavor is sweet with a good amount of bitter chocolate and some coffee. Medium body with a long bitter finish. Other than the warming effect the alcohol is well hidden. Great balance. 1/13/05 Growler thanks to captain cougar. Black with a tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate. Black coffee flavor. Clean smooth and creamy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - SEP 30, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 Opaque black with smallish dark tan head. Aroma is fairly chocolatey, bit of coffee, cream, and ash. Flavor is ashy, full of bitter roasted malts, raisens. Finish is reasonably bitter and somewhat dry.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2004
Total blackness, full, thick opacity marks the glass, and on the top floats a big, burnished brown layer of foam, settling into a tight, yet bubbly ring. Aroma hits you from the start, twisted and viscous, massive, tumbling out flavors of molasses, dark rum, black pepper, anise, cloves, rich and ripe, and plenty boozy, as well. Deeee-lectable! Brash, bitter hops clash on the palate, and sticks around for the duration, turning tricks in the mouth, whisking waves of flavor everywhere. This is a flavor that doesn’t hide, doesn’t shirk, and gets all up in the mouth, everywhere. Potent alcohol presence, never lets you forget it’s there, yet still doesn’t dominate, for the thick, rewarding taste is ever-prevalent and remains star of the show. Very rich, this is best kind of darkness, a great example of an Imperial Stout, with chocolatey, dark, rich flavors, and just a bit of fruit in the finish. huge mouthfeel, vast body, impressive flavor...this is one quality Imperial Stout! My first Thirsty Dog brew, hope it’s not my last!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2689) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 16, 2004
Rich, full, malty aroma, hints of dark cherry fruitiness amidst the semi-sweet chocolate and roasty espresso and a nicely balancing dark (almost burnt) brown sugar sweetness is present. There are also lighter notes of licorice, plum, cream and herbal hop. Thick, inky black color with a fine dark brown head and wispy lacing. Flavor is roasty and sweet, more deeply roasted coffee and chocolate notes with a powerfully estery, warming finish. Faint touches of smokiness about midpoint. Largely sweet throughout, very low amount of bitterness. Creamy palate and full-bodied. Moderately complex, overall very tasty. Makes for an excellent dessert. Thanks, Jeff!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2004
8/15/04: Bottle.
Roasted malt nose which is somewhat sweet. Black body with an X-S thin, caramel colored head. Heavily roasted malt flavor with a bitter hop finish.


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