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Top of the Hill Lewis Black Imperial Stout

Top of the Hill Lewis Black Imperial Stout
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
Brewed to win over the Russian Czar, this strong style has a lot of malty character, considered by some to be "over the top," just like the comedy of its Chapel Hill namesake. Original gravity 1074. Alcohol by volume 7.6%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ilovedarkbeer (2712) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Pours a dark black brown color with a small brown ring of a head. Notes of dark chocolate, booze, raisins, and vanilla. Simple but slightly thin feeling for an IMPY.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Cask at the Black Friday Cask Festival, Triangle Brewing, Durham. Simply advertised as Russian Imperial Stout, with no moo-cow fuck-milk references to be found. Slightly thin pour, a bit on the oily side. Nice nose of chocolate, roasted malts, and a hint of molasses. Mouthfeel far thicker than the appearance would suggest, a nice surprise. Chewy, kind of like a slightly amplified oatmeal stout perhaps. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Decent porter love Lewis black at UNC funniest guy wve bacon after taste but decent

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ACHops (1361) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2012
On tap @ Top of the Hill. Pours dark inky black, a little thin, with a tall mocha head. Aroma is pretty mild roasty chocolate malts. Taste is creamy, smooth, slightly charred malts, followed by some nice bitter hops. Easily one of the creamier stouts I’ve had; though not really an imperial at all. As a stout, this is above average, it’s pretty weak as an imperial. 10oz pour is completely unnecessary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2009
Coffee and caramel in the aroma, flavor is coffee and watery, with some hints of hops and slight metallic taste. Creamy aftertaste as well. Seemed more like a cream ale than a russian imperial stout, though not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Nitro at the brewpub on 2/2/08: Pours an oily opaque with a thick creamy spotty-lacing tan nitro head. Aroma is mild dark caramely sweet with some dark chocolate notes. Body starts fairly full with some dark caramel and chocolate sweetness toward a slightly dryer bittersweet lightly roasted finish with some coffee notes. A little light for the style, but a good stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 5, 2009
On tap at the brewpub (quite awhile ago but I’m looking back here through my notes). Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights and a decent tan head reminiscent of a Guinness nitro cap. Weak aroma of roasted malt, molasses, cheap coffee, raw cocoa. Taste is a bit watery and thin but there is definitely dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee grinds, and a nice alcohol bite as if this was already spiked with some Jameson and Bailey’s. Clean finish. Creamy overall on the palate. Medium bodied but light bodied for a RIS. Not bad for a stout but a poor showing for an imperial.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4611) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2008
Sampled at the WBF. Pours a dark black that allows much more light than I likes. Has some ruby highlights if thats an indication. Thick creamy cascading head, looks like its a nitro beer. The nose is sweet, some chocolate, molasses, subdued nose. The flavor was sweet, lightly roasty, bitter chocolate, waxy. Very creamy mouthfeel with some warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TURDFERGUSON (4046) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Sampled at the brewpub. Pours a nice dark brown w/ crimson edges and a medium sized tan head that sticks. Nose of the usual suspects: dark fruits, licorice, coffee, and cocoa. Flavor is a little boozy (even at 7.6%) and tasted a lot like bailey’s irish cream infused with a little bit of chocolate. I actually think Bailey’s made a drink like that. palate is pretty clean and suggests that this beer was nitro. Didn’t ask, but as I can see from KP’s rating it probably was. Happy to see TopO trying new styles...they’re getting there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldGrowth (3240) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2008
pint at brewpub. Good aroma, bitter sweet, malted chocolate, roasted grains, little honey sweetness. Black color, good head & lacing. Bitter roasty flavor. Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Good brew, might of fooled me if I had it blind, as it seemed a tad thin for an imperial stout. Still tasty though.

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