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RATINGS: 513   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
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This velvety concoction excites your senses with bottomless roasted, earthy and vinous notes.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sledutah (5575) - Utah, USA - FEB 24, 2011
750 ml C&C’d bottle from Thirdeye11
Appearance: Pours black with a nice big tan head and some lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, instant chocolate, spices and yeasty
Taste: Roasted malts, ashy, grainy and hot alcohols
I wonder what this would taste like cellared for a few years The flavors are very sharp and raw.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Found this back in my book from Sourfest 2010. Black with tan fizzy head. Coffee and cocoa on the nose. Boozy and licorice. Lotsa carbonation for an Imp Stout. Hard to take at Sourfest after so many "tastes".

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (5952) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Bottle, caged and corked. Thick and black with a nice dark tan head, which sadly gives it up pretty quickly. The aroma is stark, hinting at a monster beneath. Indeed, this brims with dark dried fruit, molasses, resin and viney fruitiness. Kick-butt. (#4082, 2/19/2011)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pottygok (517) - Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2011
Aroma: Caramel, Chocolate and hints of coffee. Appearance: Black with a thick tan head that disappears all to quickly. Taste: Medium bitterness overwhelming the light-medium sweetness, backed with a slight sourness. Very unusual. Palate: Full bodied with a creamy texture, average carbonation, a decent finish. Overall: The Belgian influence is clear, and works, but makes the beer a bit confused for my tastes. Still, it’s a very complex and well crafted beer with lots of taste layers. Certainly something to keep an eye out for in the future.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2587) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2011
I expected to like this alot more than I did, given my long-standing appreciation for their regular imperial stout. This one lacked the same complexity and subtlety. Aroma was initially quite nice, with fruity tones (raisin, fig, banana, bubblegum) to go along with the dark roast. The flavor was more one-dimensional, most strong roast, a little coffee, with moderate phenols leading up into a semi-acrid and fairly astringent finish. Heavy carbonation I think helped to moderate the astringency but didn’t alleviate it altogether. Alcohol was fairly strong and apparent, boozy, maybe too much but it *is* almost 12% so you could expect that - but it doesn’t mean I have to like it. Deep dark opaque brown with a brown head.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3405) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Pours black, fairly large but somewhat fizzy dark brown head. Aroma is chocolate and a bit of dark fruit. Flavor matches, some roasty and coffee notes coming through. Rather light bodied. The ABV is well hidden. Not bad, not great.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2445) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Pours a three finger brown head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving traces of lace. Black color - no highlights, some yeast left in bottle. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Nose is baked chocolate, flavor is same - baked chocolate with caramel finish. The high ABV is hidden. Nice imp stout. $7.30 for a caged and corked 750ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (3736) - Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Aroma is strong and mainly of semi-sweet chocolate with a subtle smoky undertone and a hint of quality coffee. It pours a nearly black sable with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head that leaves some decent lacing though it doesn’t hang around very long. Mouth-filling flavor has strong tones of semi-sweet chocolate and coffee, as well as hints of molasses and licorice and a rather strong alcohol bite. Texture is fairly fizzy and rough - you can feel the alcohol nip at your innards all the way down the hatch.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (4383) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Location: 750 ml bottle from Buy Rite - Jersey City, 2/7/11

Aroma: The nose has roasted malts, lots of dark/bittersweet chocolate, and a touch of wine
Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a finger of creamy light brown head, lots of lace
Flavor: The taste is rich, roasty, and malty up front with a lasting bittersweet chocolate finish
Palate: This one is full bodied with a chewy mouthfell, basically no burn, and a lasting tingly finish
Overall Impression: Overall I thought this was a very good Impy Stout. From its great looking pour to its enjoyable chocolaty flavor, I enjoyed this one throughout. This is another really nice offering from Weyerbacher. I like the dark chocolate flavors that seem to be the real standout component here.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2435) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2011
Bottle. Pours thin and fizzy, dark cola with a fizzy thin head. Aroma is plasticy and fruity, hot fermentation maybe, cola, some anise, light booze, some really nice Belgian yeast notes. Flavor follows, thin, well attenuated, strong fruity boozy flavors, takes a little time for the huge anise to come out, hard roasted barley, fairly hot, lots and lots of esters, this could be pretty awesome if cleaned up a bit and maybe a little more depth, really like where this was going. Thinner well attenuated body, amble carbonation, much nicer once it dies down a touch.


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