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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   IBU: 57   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
This distinctive hybrid beer style combines the crisp, clean feel of a light ale with the dark, cocoa, roasted smoothness of a stout. Especially unique is the rich darkness of this beer without the bitterness and heaviness of traditional stout. It is brewed in the German tradition of a long boil to darken and smooth out the beer. Vanilla and brown sugar are added at the end of the boil to lend just enough sweetness to balance the dry finish. This beer was the best mistake we ever made. The original intent was to make a clone of the famous stout beer for our friends and family who enjoy that beer. It turned out to be only a little stout-ish with a very clean finish. It became the favorite of stout and non-stout lovers alike. This beer became what we are known for, and its always on tap in the basement bar. This beer reaches maturity at 6 weeks after the brew date and only gets better from there.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (11021) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2016
On tap at Granite City Roseville. Pours black with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of sweet chocolate with sweet dark grains and a hint of roast underlying. Flavor is similar with sweet chocolate and sweet dark grains with a hint of roast supporting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
eruizgarcia (330) - - FEB 1, 2015
I was a bit skeptical of this beer after reading the description, but am pleasantly surprised. Aroma is very pleasant chocolate, malts and vanilla. Medium body and easily drinkable. A little iron in the aftertaste is the only element that throws me off a bit. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Black pour, medium tight foam head. Aroma is dark fruit. Dark roast malt. Flavour is odd to nail down. Plummy fruit. Lighter bodied than expected as well. Roasted malt, low bitterness. Different... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerKurve (520) - - MAY 22, 2014
Pitch black with a dark brown head; Good lacing. Aroma of chocolate malts, vanilla, rich toffee and roasted barley. Flavor is similar with more of a roasty characteristic; Aftertaste is a mix of sweet vanilla, roastiness and surprisingly hoppy. Heavy body with some moderate carbonation; Surprisingly smooth texture. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ericular (995) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Looks good in the glass. Aroma has some nice vanilla and roasted malts. Taste is dark fruits and chocolate, then some more oatmeal in the middle, and a little ashy tobacco in the finish. Palate is thin for the style with a medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nsanders (1112) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Bomber. Black with a huge brown head. Cereal malt, chocolate, cinnamon, almonds and a light earthiness. Lightly sweet with a dry cinnamon finish. Body is lighter with a smooth feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MacBoost (1847) - Victor, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle from Atom. Thanks! Pours a pretty thick looking black with a large tan head. Large bubbles. Aromas of soy sauce, very dry chocolate, ash and tar. Taste is very cigarette butt ashiness. Holy heck, this is the most ash Ive ever had in a beer. So ashy. Also getting some banana and clove like esters. What kind of yeast does this use? This is a very strange brew, almost like a dry dopplebock with extra roast. Banana, clove, heavy ash. Some cocoa, powdery spices. Pepper. Intensely different. Not saying its bad, its just wildly different from any impy stout Ive ever had before. Not sure what to think here... Way too much going on. This beer is seeking direction.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BVery (10124) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Sampled at Winterfest. Not impressed. Dark pour but an impossibly light palate for the style. Everything seems muted. Pretty weak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (3443) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 6, 2014
A little under-rated Id say. Dark with an off-white head. Roasty, cocoa, vanilla sweetness to this as well. Refreshing and not as heavy as lot of imperial stout. You could drink a few of these no problem. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cards04 (2764) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
A solid imperial Stout. Aromas of dark fruit, molasses. Flavors are roasty and sweet with some nice dark fruit and brown sugar coming through. Good.

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