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RATINGS: 1251   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.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (885) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Aroma is full of roast and smoke. This is one of those stouts that reminds you of smoked meat instead of a rich chocolate bar. Hints of leather and tobacco with some faint dark fruit ester notes. Pours a dark brown that doesnít quite reach black with a thick mocha head that quickly recedes to the edges. Light lacing with medium legs. The roasted malt hits you right away in the flavor with some smoked meat notes as well as tobacco and leather. The flavor ha some raisin and cherry flavors to it and a bit of a chocolate note - more complex than the aroma. There is a bit of an stringency to this as well as a bit of an ashtray flavor. Bitterness is moderate and alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium low carbonation. There is a very silky smoothness to this beer. Astringency is moderate as is alcohol warmth. Overall an enjoyable change of pace from the super chocolatey stouts that I have been drinking lately. This would be amazing if they could tone down the astringency and ashtray character. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lectvay (157) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 6, 2014
A great extra from jsquire. This is a dark liquid, quite an aroma of intense coffee and dark chocolate. A little sweet, with a serious bite of bitter roastiness. Some alcohol burn. Very nice imperial stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
conway (1623) - - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle. Jet black and oily with a thin khaki head. Aroma and taste are roasty, chocolate and a bit of dark fruit. Thick oily mouthfeel. Prett good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6083) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"via trade with Cory. 2010 batch. lots of roasty toasty aroma and flavor. a little chocolate, licorice, coffee, and a present but slight hoppiness. pretty smooth at 9.7% though more tingly than the Fat Dog. overall, a nice beer, but not one that blew me away as i was hoping it would."

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbrana (480) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Sweet with some nice brown sugar and slight coffee notes. I can see why people like this one so much.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmonster (982) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Aged bottle served in a snifter at cellar temp. Pours oil black with a short brown head. Short retention and minimal lace. Nose has a sweetness too it, not berry, but toasted caramel, licorice, with wet hay and grass. The flavor is quite bitter and roasty, minimally sweet. Turns quite bitter, roasted and dry. Full body, soft carbonation, creamy texture and a very long finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Pours thick and black with a crimson blush you can see if you hold it to the direct light. Fat head of creamy chocolate colored foam that falls slowly and leaves sticky clinging lace. Noe is cherry and chocolate. The sweetness of the chocolate covered cherry. Roasted malt with a bit of cold bitterness. Sweet underpinnings form malt. A hint of char. Taste is smooth creamy and milky. A bit of french roast coffee and not as much chocolate come over the palate slow and sultry with plenty of full malt softness behind it. A touch of the roast and the bitter. A hop bitter too. Finishes dry and with a bit of crispness that seems to be in defiance of all the milky creaminess. I love this. itís bitter from both roast and a bit from hops and finishes to accent the light touch soft sweetness and sweet chocolate . Some heat from alcohol resonates and a touch of grass comes up for a brief flash .

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xblanchard29x (26) - Alabama, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Creamy and bold flavor. Great beer.?********************************************

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (1768) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2014
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Black with brown hues around the edges and just under a finger of tan head. Aromas of caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate, roast, subtle dark fruit. Tastes of dark chocolate, roast, caramel, a bit of hops, slight hint of soy sauce. Medium-full body with a dry finish. Medium-low carbonation, thick oily mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2354) - New York, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Bottled. Pours dark and opque, thin, tannish head. Rich chocolate aroma. Chocolate bitterness. Roasty malts. booze. good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drunkenemperor (8) - sincinnasti, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2014 does not count
deep burnt coffee creamy dark almost sluggish swallow lol, too much slime on the end for me and not enough hop just my style op.


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