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RATINGS: 1293   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2005
My friend had this one hanging around for a while for the right time to open it. Twas worth the wait. Bottled. Poured a deep thick opaque black with a dark brown head rocky, creamy head. Aroma was of roasted malt, dark cocoa, espresso, molasses and toasted bread. Some caramel and nutiness is also present. Mild fruitiness makes its way into the aroma as well: raison and dried cherry. Flavor was equally complex. Burnt barley malt and strong coffee with some complementing chocolate undertones. Sweet molasses and caramel syrup with some subtle earthy hop notes. Bitter dually from hops and roasted malts. Slight dark cherry, plum and date notes. Finishes dry and smooth with a tad of alcohol warmth. Body is on the slight thin side for an imperial stout, but still significantly full and silky with perfect carbonation. Excellent.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROMTHEBOTTLE (61) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2016
12oz bottle. Pour is not as dark as one would imagine. Opaque black with brown tints. Head is rather thin. Heavy aromas of cocoa, bakers chocolate and roast everything, Malts, nuts, coffee, caramel. Finish is a little dry with slight bitterness. 9.7%abv is well balanced with all the flavors of this full bodied beer. Not much to complain about or improve on. Wish I had picked up a second one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanscourt (1154) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2016
Thick bodied; milkshake feel in the mouth. Nice chocolate taste. Enjoyable, would be great with ice cream

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tekstr1der (289) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Pours black with minimal tan head. Aromas are heavy roast, baker’s chocolate. Flavors follow similarly. Not much sweetness to this one, it’s fairly dry. Full of roast, with a dry coffee-like finish, it’s good for the style. Alcohol is very well hidden.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryecatcher (1159) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Bottle. Deep stouty brownish-black pour, opaque with a massive espresso colored froth, ridiculous retention and lace. Nose is dark roasted barley, coffee, cocoa, hazelnuts, malts. Mouth is big and creamy, bittersweet, coffee, roast, nutty, bakers chocolate, some soot near the finish. Goes down dangerously easy for a 9.7%. Woof.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rondphoto (3337) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 2, 2016
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Opaque black color, brown head, lace cobwebs. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and dark dried fruit. Taste is toasted malt that grows substantially through the swallow, then backs off a little as it adds chocolate and mild bittering in a very long finish. Huge body, hides the alcohol well enough. A keeper. Recommended.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nische (1505) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2015
Tap at Akkurats 20th anniversary. Dark mahogany brown with white head. Roasted aroma with dark chocolate, coffee and a little bit of char. Pretty silky coffee taste with roasted malt, coffee, prunes and a hint of soy sauce. Quite light and a little watery with a bitter coffee finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tamy (8) - - DEC 26, 2015 does not count
Donkere stout met kleine schuimkraag. Mooie donkere kleur met weinig koolzuur. Hint van chocolade en vooral koffie. Erg lekker! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WVHouseofBeer (961) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Pours the typical black with tan head. Nice aromas of coffee and dark chocolate. Flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and a little bit of soy sauce. Slick and oily body. A commendable Imperial Stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocJitsu (1484) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2015
Pours a nearly black with a tan head. Looks nice in the cigar city snifter. Dark roasted malt and coffe on the nose. Thick, slick mouthfeel with some fine carbonation scrubbiness. Dark roasted malt, coffee, and lactose flavors.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Barreras (1417) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - NOV 27, 2015
Pours a rich black color with a roasted malt aroma. Taste is just as advertised with a roasted and toasted malt flavor. The flavor is borderline burnt but it keeps the complexity rather than falling off the ledge. A hint of caramel especially in the initial sip, lending itself to a nice burnt finish.


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