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Top of the Hill Lewis Black Imperial Stout
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
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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%.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4420) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Appearance: Onyx black body with a full, lush, creamy beige head. Smell: Black malts and roasted barley with notes of unsweetened chocolate and aniseed. Taste: Sweet flavors of dark chocolate and dark caramel with a touch of anise and roastiness. Light, earthy bitterness. A bit of earth, a bit of roast, and more dark chocolate for the finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Mild carbonation. Smooth, silky mouthfeel. Drinkability: It’s delish! Like melted chocolate ice cream.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biznizness (1104) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. Pretty good one here. Roasty, rich and chocolately. Black as heck with a light browinsh head that hung around. Thumbs up.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Date: 02/02/2008
Mode: Draft, Nitro
Source: Brewpub

Appearance: black, thick creamy tan head, waves of lace,
Aroma: dark chocolate aroma with lots of dry roasted character,
Flavor: sweet chocolate flavor, touch of roasted for balance, nice fruity character rises out of the sweetness, touch of butterscotch in the sweetness but it goes ok with the chocolate,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4139) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldGrowth (2755) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chandler0201 (645) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, 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.

3.3
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ilovedarkbeer (2332) - Dallas, Texas, 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.


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