Thunder Canyon Warhead Stout
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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Winner of the BRONZE award in the Imperial Stout Category at the 2000 World Beer Cup International Beer Competition. Russian Imperial Stouts were originally brewed for export to the Royal Court of Russia where they were enjoyed by Catherine the Great. Ours has a rich intense maltiness with black currant, toffee and dark roasted malt flavors. The higher alcohol content is sure to warm you up from the inside out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2674) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2007
Brown-hued ebony. Clingy wisps of lace are left in the wake of the creamy and semi-rocky beige head. Decent nose is lined with cocoa-dusted pine needles, chocolate liqueur, and lightly seared malt hulls. Very light suggestion of citrus, honey-glazed prunes, and smoke. Soft and tight carbonation. Opens with a delicate tingle of acidity induced by the tightly integrated fusion of citric hops and deep roast. Fairly dense in body, but notions of pine needles impart a minty dryness which lifts some of the weight of the gooey residual molasses-sweetness and resinous hops. Quiet deceptively hoppy due to the clean bitterness and multilayered malt composition. High concentration of hop-derived oils possess plenty of force to produce a tongue-numbing effect. Rich espresso malts lend a velvety bitterness which soothes the palate and are deepened by chocolate truffles and cocoa. Complex malts are fairly crisp, lush and vividly defined up until the latter half, which is when the body becomes fairly limp resulting in an overt sweetness created by a combination of molasses and grapefruit hints. Earthy smoke and beefy java bolster the bodyís core. Finishes with an appealingly brash, yet composed and refined roastiness, which negates some of the tacky residuals. Alcohol is artfully concealed, though the abundance of cooling sprucelike-hop whispers unite to impart a cleansing dryness. Oily resins deposit an ample amount of soft bitterness on the tongue, but their chewy citrus accents are buried beneath the massive malt frame. I donít find this to be all that interesting, but I canít find any flaws in the beer either. Happens to be both clean and fully malty, which is always a plus. And Iím happy to see that, for such an aggressively hopped Imperial, the acids are well-managed and allow the flavorsome and beefy malts to strut their stuff. Thanks to cbkschubert for this expertly hand-bottled sample.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4869) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2007
A growler from Skyview. Black color with a medium head. Roasty aroma with a hint of something almost minty. Lots of characteristics like a fine sweet/oatmeal stout: strong milk, coffee, toffee and oatmeal. A little roasted malt in the finish. Definitely more of an oatmeal stout, though maybe an Imperial Oatmeal Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Found some notes form last year in an old notebook. I think I sampled this with the Pa crew. Handbottle? Pours a lighter than expected almost black but not quite - also some ruby highlights- and shiny tan lasting head. Roasted barley aroma with nice thick sweet caramel malts, dark chocolate some anise. Dry acrid black malts and sharp roast in the flavor- with more sweet malts in the middle, and dark bitter black malts and hints of chocolate in the end. Smooth adn sweet. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Another amazing growler courtesy of Skyview. This beer was a great way to end a great tasting. Very dark brown pour with a finger thick mocha brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa and coffee. The taste was similar to an oatmeal stout. I did not know that they made such great beer in Arizona.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Sampled from growler via trade with Bockyhorsey. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a thick tan head that has some good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet dark roasted malt, some coffee, molasses, dark chocolate and some smoked citrus wood. Taste is full bodied, lightly carbonated with flavors of chocolate, dark roasted black malt and some flowery hops. Finish is smooth, creamy with a dark chocolate aftertaste. Reading this stout is an imperial stout, compared to most other imp stout, this seems more like a sweet stout than an imperial. Other than that, this stout is very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Growler brought to A&K Holiday tasting by Ken, thanks: The beer is basically opaque with a nice frothy tan head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of coffee and chocolate, grassy and herbal hops, charred malt and smoke, liquorice and prune, and even a touch woody. The taste has sweet malt, chocolate, molasses, and anise overtones. Found some grassy bitterness, smoke and peat towards the astringent finish. The mouth feel was smooth at first with a hit of bite on the middle and ended with a dry mineral finish. Really good and worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Growler, courtesy of FlacoAlto. Thanks, Sebastian! Swigging this with Stine following his last tasting as a DC local was definitely an appropriate send-off. Pours a very dark, brownish-black color; medium tan head with patchy, fine-bubbled lacing. Very generous, charred malts and milk chocolate; bittersweet, and very roasted; reminiscent of the charred qualities of Ottoís Jolly Roger in the nose. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: tons of chewy milk and dark chocolate, roasted / charred malts, and some viscous dried fruit; excellent complexity and chewiness as it warms. Lengthy, roasted and charred malts and intense chocolate in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1760) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Samples poured from a growler and later swilled from it on the streets of Washington D.C., classy-style. Thick blackpour; film of brown cream. Ashy coffee ground aroma with rich vanilla and plenty of full roasted malt; brown sugar. Plenty of black malt bitterness. A lovely taste of coffee ice cream and singed caramel leads; underneath a kind of cool, quiet fruitiness of an apple, canteloupe and berry character with hints of dry holly and juniper. Nuanced and full, though just slightly thin and unpleasantly milky in the mouth. Finishes while still cool on a glint of plastic and vanilla tinted astringency; as it warms and softens its bite, the beefy tones of roast meat and cinnamon gather strength, softly fading into rich maple warmth at the end. Well done. Thanks for sharing, Ken!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Growler from flacoalto - thanks man!!! This is one beautiful stout with a blackness and hazy, mystic look that is really cool. Aroma has a heavy dark chocolate/coffee mix with some currant and a very intense nose that has some alcohol, but not too much. Flavor is a powerful roasty, dark-chocolate mix that combines the cocoa with some heavily roasted coffee and dark fruits. Alcohol is present, but it warms rather than taking away from the wonderful flavor. Mouthfeel was nearly a 5, but this is a well put together Imperial Stout no matter how you look at it. Awesome brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 01/10/2007
Mode: Hand Bottled
Source: Tasting

black with brown edges, scant head, sweet chocolate aroma, big body, rich chocolate flavor, touch of roasted, nice sweetness, touch of coffee, light bitterness,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

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