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RATINGS: 1307   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.


Kuzo's rating

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kuzo (116) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Black in color with full bubbly tan head that quickly dissipates. Smell has some sweet chocolate and a lot of roasted coffee. There is some dark fruits in there as well. It gets a smokiness as it warms up. The taste is awesome! Strong roasted coffee with dark chocolate and charred bitterness. Hints of a fruity sweetness with a flash of alcohol. The finish is similar to the taste of chewing on a roasted coffee bean. Mouthfeel is smooth and low carbonation. Overall this is fantastic and the best RIS I’ve had to date.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHeath99 (1651) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 15, 2016
Bottle shared by Brian. Pours a dark opaque black with a layer of dark tan head. Aroma and taste of coffee, super roasted malts.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tnkw01 (1705) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 13, 2016
Bottle. Very dark brown, almost black. With a small tan head. Aroma is rotated grains and coffee. Taste is burnt toast and dark coffee with a bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (4914) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Pours a jet black. Aromas of espresso/chocolate and roasted malts. Taste dark roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate malt with a nice bitter bite.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TXBadger (2425) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2016
Pours an opaque dark, dark brown almost black color like oil with similar viscosity and khaki colored head. Roasted malts, toast, and dark chocolate on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with dark chocolate and roastiness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (2326) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2016
12oz bottle from Total Wine in Jensen Beach/Stuart at cellar temperature, shared with bananabi11. Black pour with a brown head. Aroma has big chocolate, caramel, molasses and roast. Taste is all chocolate, roast, molasses and caramel. Thick, bittersweet and strong. Lowly carbonated, body is full and the blend is well done. Some alcohol presence. Finishes bittersweet and thick. Excellent, thick "imperial" stout. 14.8

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BroadestTom (355) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2016
Aroma chocolate, roasty, Appearance black, tan foam, brown foam, Taste medium sweetness, lightly bitter, Palate medium body, Overall a very smooth chocolate and roasty beer that hides the alcohol very well. I would suggest this beer to a friend.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
gregwilsonstl (1896) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 10, 2016
Dark black. Medium khaki head. Tasted side by side with BA version. Thick and chewy. Roasted. Perfectly, and I mean perfectly cooked toast. Lasting roastiness. Enjoyed after running my 5th marathon.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (4001) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2016
12 oz bottle into a Belgian snifter. Poured with a short, tan head atop a black body. Spots of sticky lacing.get left on the glass. Aroma: medium-strong with lots of roasted dark malts, hints of molasses, caramel, vanilla, ripe dark fruits, brown sugar and chocolate. Flavor: strong, lightly sweet with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Hints of brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, ripe dark fruits, bittersweet chocolate and licorice. Tasty!. Feel: Full bodied; high viscosity; low carbonation; mild but lingering alcohol heat in the finish. Overall: an excellent Imperial stout, I prefer this to the Founders Imperial Stout I had (again) just two days ago.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (8882) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 12, 2016
355 ml bottle.
Pours black color with a small beige head. Peaty aroma, yeast, dark malts, ashy malt notes, some chocolate and coffee. wood and coffee. Flavor is mildly bitter malty, chocolaty, some wooden notes, coffee. Very nice and balanced, not too aggressive.
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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (6150) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 12, 2016
355ml bottle from New York. Vertical with Bourbon version. Pours pitch black with a light brown head. Aroma of roasty malts, licorice, coffee, chocolate and hints of hops. Taste is stingy roasty with some licorice, chocolate and hints of coffee. Finish is roasty with hints of licorice, chocolate and coffee. Okay, feels more balanced than the bourbon version.


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