RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
You heard it right, releasing on January 24th, our first and only Imperial Stout! Definately an American take on the style. A ton of hops are used, throughout the boil, both to balance the massive amount of malt, and also to add hop flavor and aroma. A complex malt bill blends a variety of roasted malts pushing the ABV to just under 10%. Look for it on tap and in four packs very soon!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djroehler (292) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Pours a silky black, basically no head, aroma of dark coffee roasts, earth, some woodiness. Rich coffee and silky malt, hop high notes. Light toffee and some bourbon background. Great.

JPDIPSO (6286) - Wauwatosa, USA - APR 3, 2017
Bark brown color with a modest sized tan head. Aromas of fermented grains, rotting logs, dark chocolate, and alcohol. Sweet start, with flavors of roasted malt, molasses, vanilla, licorice, and iodine. A touch sour in the finish. Floral hops show up in the linger. 2/13

djd07 (15543) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2016
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong roasted malt, cocoa, dark fruit. Thick mouth, strong smoke, cocoa, roast finish, good.

cards04 (2917) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 6, 2015
A decent RIS. Pours a thick black. Thick mocha head. Aromas of cream, root beer, some strawberry and caramel. Flavours are creamy and slightly tangy at first...then a harsh burnt malt and black licorice flavour takes over.

demmbonz (784) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2014
12oz bottle to snifter. Thin black pour with minimal head. Aroma of alcohol and some odd sour notes. Tastes big and roasty but with a very bitter finish.

Iphonephan (7282) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - JUL 11, 2014
From a 12 oz bottle shared in the Airstream. Pours black with a tan head. Slight medicinal notes in the aroma. Flavors are of chocolate, some licorice and bitter coffee. Medium bodied. Lingering bitter roasted finish.

superspak (6008) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2014
12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, molasses, raisin, licorice, coffee, light char, and roasted/fruity earthiness. Nice aromas with solid complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and fruity ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, dark bread, roasted malt, coffee, toast, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, dark bread, coffee, toast, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt and light hop flavors; with a nice roasted sweetness/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a nice creamy and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Russian imperial stout. Good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Ericular (1037) - Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2014
Sampled at the Rapids Liquor Tasting. Pours a dark brown. Taste and feel overall is dry with cocoa, but lacking the richness and sweet balance up front.

ColovianTrader (464) - - APR 9, 2014
Looked remarkably flat, even with an aggressive pour. Fortunately not as flat as it looks. Flavors of dark chocolate, licorice, plums and hints of cream and toffee. Nice tasting beer.

dmac (6459) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2014
12oz bottle from thehoff. Poured a medium density dark black with a smaller foamy beige head. Aroma has some green veggies, green peppers, syrupy dark chocolate, burnt malts, soy. Thicker body that is syrupy with light carbonation and a dry finish. Flavor > aroma, notes of burnt toast, charcoal, dark chocolate, soy. Good stuff, thanx Kyle.

douglas88 (9628) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 20, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Pours a black color with a small white head. A smoky cherry nose. The flavor is dominated by dry black Licorice and ash, smoke, dark chocolate. A bit unusual. Mineral flavors. Roasted malts. Interesting. Good.

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