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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.


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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.


2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbrana (449) - 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 (976) - 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. it’s 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 (25) - 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 (1368) - 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 (2265) - 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 (7) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stoutchap (416) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Great imperial stout. Very traditional - thick dark brown pour with just a tou h of foamy head. Nice strong roasted malts in the nose. Satisfying mouthfeel. Not over carbonated. Hints of chocolate, coffee, rum and cherries.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (3252) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle care of Simz, pours dark black with small beige top. Ultra roasty with bitter cocoa and coffee. Other notes of licorice, malt, grain, and toffee. Medi in body with a touch of stickiness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2630) - Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2014
12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, toffee, molasses, dark bread, smoke, light char, light dark fruit, and roast/smokey earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, molasses, smoke, char, light dark fruit, and roast/char earthiness. Good amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, smoke, char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and fairly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial stout. All around great complexity and balance of intense dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.


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