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RATINGS: 1277   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
malthopyeast (6) - - AUG 28, 2015 does not count
just a gorgeous imperial stout. it has everything. don’t like the label too much, but the beer...this is one of the great ones.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsporrer (92) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Pours dark brown almost black with a creamy tan head. Nice roasted malt aroma. Light carbonation. Slightly oily and creamy texture. Strong lingering roasted flavor. Somewhat bitter finish but not too harsh. Descent Imperial stout but pretty one dimensional flavor. Not bad but not as good as it could be.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DWestrick (493) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2015
tap. Not sure how this evaded me over the years. this is a fantastic imperial stout. about as good as it gets in this style

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1229) - - AUG 4, 2015
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RickReallyBrew (74) - Franktown, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2015
This is an amazing whiskey barrel aged Imperial Stout. On par w the historic Breckenridge "well built", Epic "Big Bad Baptist", barrel aged Great Divide "Yeti" and Avery Russian Imperial Stout "Czar". Drink and enjoy!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1705) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2015
Black with a light beige head. Aroma is chocolate, liquorice, fig, dates, prunes, molasses. Full bodied, slightly fruity on the palate, hint of roast and tannin in the finish. Taste is chocolate, pomegranate, prunes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scoobyluvshub (33) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2015
On tap. Very dark with light brown head. Aroma is roasty, a bit of coffee. Tasted pretty good, coffee, roasty, earthy. smooth, can taste the alcohol a bit. All in all, a pretty good imperial stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrodooo5 (1286) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 8, 2015
Mmm, an imperial w/out a lingering bitterness & exquisite mouthfeel! Beautiful black pour w/ a mocha head & a ring of lacing. The aroma is a little soft w/ some roasty notes. The flavor is complex w/ coffee, toffee, black liqourice, & a hint of chocolate. A delicious delight & so smooth on the palate - this is a very good beer!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
perpetuitas (27) - Scarborough, Maine, USA - MAY 28, 2015
A little boozy, six mos after release. Otherwise inky dark body and nice dark brown head, stout coats the glass! Great mouthfeel and nice lingering finish. This is a well developed Imperial -- everything I expect and desire. :)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
cwebb619 (1) - Alabama, USA - MAY 22, 2015 does not count
High alcohol content but not over powering. Earthy taste but not too bitter. Real easy to drink.


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