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RATINGS: 1248   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Itzjerm (1277) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Aroma is chocolate and alchol. Nice head that fades. Nice dark flavors, dark chocolate dark coffee/toffee. Not to bitter on the tongue. Not bad overall.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scotchzombie (327) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Pours black with a fine expresso tan head that fades in a few minutes to a rim. Fine lacing. Aroma is toasted malts, roasted coffee and some jammy sweetness. Taste is a variety of coordinated malt flavors - toasted grains, roasted sweet chocolate and some coffee. There is a backing burnt bitterness and an undercurrent of booze as well. Rich and creamy mouthfeel. Very well-balanced. Improves greatly with a bit of warming. Top notch Imperial Stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlowOffTube (472) - Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2014 Black pour tan head. Coffee and cream and chocolate aroma. Same type taste with vanilla and the perfect body to compliment. Good stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tillmac62 (192) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Pours dark as a starless night with a full frothy head. Excellent lacing that lasts. The nose is mostly chocolate, but roast and hints of dark fruit are also present. As it warns, coffee is noted. The body is not quite full and has a nice slick mouthfeel. The above average carbonation level tends to diminish the mouthfeel until it warms and outgasses. After outgassing, it is full bodied and creamy. The excellent flavor profile is well balanced and complex. It begins with sweet dark chocolate, progresses to roast and coffee then rotates to a caramel and dark fruit sweetness. Notes of raisin, plum and molasses are detected across the profile. It finishes smoothly with sweetness and a slight alcohol note and roast bitterness. This GABF Gold Medal winner doesn’t disappoint.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (2185) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Pours a deep burnt umber color with a finger of khaki foam. The nose is roasty with deep chocolate malt, spent coffee grounds. The palate follows the nose with nice balance between the roast, sweet chocolate and coffee notes. Nicely down with a good dose of carbonation to keep it highly drinkable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zickbeer_ye (274) - Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Aromas of cherries, coffee, chocolate and minor herbs. Light tan head and black body with a slight red hue. Dry roasty dark chocolate and minor berry flavors with an earthy black coffee finish. Smooth on the palate.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dfonorow (1440) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle. Pour is black with a small tan head. Aroma and flavor are both on the smokey side with notes of roasted coffee, caramel, and chocolate. Lots of booze in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5443) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2014
36cl, American brew, thx alot to Dirk for bringing this over!, very complex Stout, roasted/malty and slightly spicy/bitter, balanced, hazy, rocky head, very good brew

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Thanks to Hopswagger for this one. 12oz bottle served in a Southern Tier tulip A - Black body with a dark mocha head that is thick and rocky. Great retention with some tight weaves of foam stuck to the top of the glass. S - Sweet roasted barley, creamy hazelnut coffee, nutty cocoa, dense caramel, dairy chocolate. T - Sweet coffee, heavily roasted malts, chocolate, scorched cherries, burnt caramel, some green pine rides along side a moderate roast bitterness and toasted cocoa. The finish is long with roasted bitterness and coffee on the finale. M - Heavy side of medium weight, full feeling, active smooth carbonation. HOOOUUWWWLL! This will keep you up all night. Good use of coffee without drowning out rest of the team. The malts seemed concentrated and condensed(in a good way) to really deliver bold flavors. Solid bitterness that balances out some sweetness. Don’t let the tacky label fool you. This is an awesome brew. Serving type: bottle 06-10-2013

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kwhite111 (2) - - JAN 14, 2014 does not count
Smooth. Nice bitter bite not overwhelming. Drank from the bottle so aroma and color are had to judge. Appeared typical for an imperial stout. Good beer.


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