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RATINGS: 1255   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2004
Pitch black body topped by a short-lived fine particled tan head that collapses down into a fine tan film. The aroma is sweet and nutty up front. Deep inhalations are rewarded with a slight alcohol burn and coffee and chocolate. The flavor is bitter roast coffee and chocolate. This is a very roasty imperial stout. The hops are push back by the huge amounts of roast flavors. The body is massive with a slight tinge of alcohol and carbonation. A mighty fine brew. Thanks a bunch CaptainCougar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
UPDATED: APR 2, 2004 Opaque jet black body and tight ferrous brown head. Nice roasty aroma of burnt caramel and coffee beans. Flavor is of marshmallows burnt on a campfire. Very roasty plus some nice hop bitterness to round it out. Very full, luscious body. This is an excellent Imperial Stout. Thanks to CaptainCougar for hooking me up with this black beauty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Very nice roasted malt aroma. Dark brown head sitting a top a beutiful thick black body. Very nice roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors with an orangey hop finish. Great I.S.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 27, 2004
12 oz bottle, courtesy of that mountain lion of a man, CaptainCougar. Jet black motor oil, thick and sticky, with a small thick dark pudding head. Dark chocolaty nose, hint of coffee, bit of toffee. Very, very thick on the tongue, just the way I like it, as close to a milkshake as I've ever had. Taste is very strong, bitter chocolate and espresso, a twinge of vanilla, nutty roastiness. I like some fruitiness in my Imperials, and a little more hops to balance the roast, so I am not blown away by this...but it's certainly a fine beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2007
I’m rolling big for rating # 424, I’ve got tons of mediocre beers in my frig, I want something Imperial, I want something complex, I want my socks rocked off! It was this or an aged Old Rasputin; but I wanted to roll large, so here I am.
Thanks to brother Drew for hooking me up with this hard to acquire stout!

True to the name, the body is as opaque as a Siberian Night which develops a small dark kaki colored head…. turns quickly into a ring of lacing on the inner glass. The noses is jam packed with a lactic creaminess, milk chocolate, cold sweet coffee… and toasty chocolate toffee malts!
WOW!!! If your looking for a 12 oz glass of oily espresso, deep notes of vanilla, Monolithic suggestions of charred oak and mocha… then Look No Further! Damn, toasty chocolate malts, some butterscotch and caramel…. smoke…. Enormous Flavor…. even some roasted walnuts.
The palate is as thick and sticky as any over cooked pot of chocolate pudding could be! The abundance of kilned malts bring a wasteland of dryness. Insanity! It’s so damn toasty and freaking delicious…………. I bet this beer would age like Suzanne Somers…. With a nice tight complex body! Ummmmmm ThighMaster!! She can come and knock on my door….

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 15, 2004
Opaque black color with no head and no lacing, a little carbonation. The aroma is very balanced with lots of dark malts coming through along with some of the subtler hints of alcohol and hops. The flavor is extremely balanced with lots of malty chocolate and coffee and some roast smoke as well. The finish is creamy with some alcohol and a little more acidity than I thought would be here. Tail is creamy and nastagic. mmmmmmm!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Pours black. Yeah, no seeing through this one. No head, no lace. Roast malts, chocolate, some hints of coffee. Sweet malts with toffee or caramel coming out the most. Some hops, some fruit. Mostly wine grapes. More coffee and roasted malts coming out in the flavors. Licorice as well. Alcohol makes an appearance. Oily palate, full and thick body, and a finish of alcohol and hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dperk (14) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Draft-nitro. Poured a very very deep black with a rusty red/brown head of tiny nitro bubbles. Aroma of sweet malts, chocolate, licorice and a tiny bit of hops. Flavor is hard to describe. It's sweet but somewhat bitter, but not bitter? Lots of roasty malts and chocolate flavor. Almost candy like. I could drink this for dessert! Very thick beer and exceptional mouthfeel on Nitro. This has to be one of my favorites. Outstanding!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TChrome (1425) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2004
Motor oil black with a nicely retained dark tan colored head. Very deep decadent chocolate aroma with roasted nuts. Flavor is pleasenly sweet, akin to taking a bite our of a chocolate on chocolate cake. Finish is lingering and has some roastiness. Very delicious. Thanks to hopsrus for this hand bottled 22oz. bomber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 27, 2004
Poured pitch black. Dark mocha head slowly builds on top and disappeared pretty soon after. Rather carmely and roasty. Intresting bakers chocolate flavors add thickness to the palate and counter some astringent burnt notes. Dry slightly smokey finish. A fine brew.

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