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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 74   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This dark roasted ale gets its color and flavor from crystal and black malt and roasted barley. Nugget and Willamette provide the hop character. The flavor is loaded with intense roasted coffee, bitterness, and dark chocolate notes. It has a dry edge with a nice alcohol flavor all making for a great winter beer. No groundhogs were harmed in the making of this beer.

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4.1
Bill Becker (1773) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 26, 2017
From Aug 2007 I got this one in a trade with brentk56. Thanks, Brent! It poured from 12oz bottle(bottled 01/24/07) a very dark brown with a small tannish head of foam that reduces quickly to just a few islands near the middle of my glass and lacing is minimal. The smell is surely noseworthy. Big chocolate, caramel malt, dark fruit, and rum are there and are there in abundance. Very very nice. The taste is huge! Bitter chocolate is the first thing I noticed but there's a lot of vanilla, roasted malt, coffee, rum, wow..complex as all heck and the flavous work so well together that I found myself shaking my head. It's pretty big alcohol wise at 8.5% but it's hidden very well other than some slight warming with the swallow. It has a silky smooth mouthfeel, the carbo is nice and light, and the finish of this splendid RIS is pleasingly bitter witha nice long aftertaste. Man, if you can get a hold of a bottle or 2 of this, by all means do so. Your effort will be more than rewarding...

4
BierMeHoos (644) - Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Where: Carolina Brewing Company. How: 16 oz home tap pour, from keg filled at the brewery. Appearance: Dark but with some light showing through on the edges, tan head that leaves no lacing. Aroma: filled with chocolate, roasted malts and coffee. Taste: slightly sweet with a nice charred taste and some hints of chocolate. Palate: A bit thin feeling for an imperial stout but it works nice with this beer. Overall: Really solid, no frills stout that I hope to enjoy again.

3.8
metalhead0043 (342) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2016
12 oz bottle from Sam’s for 2.49. My bottle says 9.5% unlike the deScription. Pours black with a small tan head. Big aroma of licorice and roasted malts. Taste is licorice again up front with a coffee finish. Body is about average for an imperial stout and slightly creamy Overall a solid imperial stout and a very good effort from CBC. Nice to see them bring this beer back this year.

3.8
beerme31 (705) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours black or at least very very dark brown. Very thin beige lacing. Nice malty aroma of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt. Touch of dark fruit. Medium sweet taste. Full body, creamy texture, malty alcohol flavored finish. Pretty nice imperial stout, though not amazing, and probably the best offering from CBC.

4
crajun (1261) - , Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2011
received via trade - THANKS BrentK. 12oz bottle; label stated Carolina Seasonal. nice aroma of roasted stuff with slight chocolate baking powder. dark pour with minimal head. First couple of sips were about as good as it gets!!! - complex flavors - roasted, chocolate powder and to me - there was some of a nutty brown ale taste. only negative was that as this warmed the alcohol was a little strong; would love to try again; thanks Brent!

3.8
Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Smells roasty with some dark fruity elements. Tastes of bitter malt, chocolate, roasty with a slightly sweet finish. Had alongside the other Carolina IS. Are these the same beer just from different years?

3.4
Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2011
12oz bottle, dated 1/24/07. Poured medium brown with really nothing going on for head.. kinda murky. The aroma was coffee-based with a medium roast to it.. semi-sweet chocolate and roasted barley as well.. worked fairly well. The flavor picked up some soy in addition to coffee and lesser chocolate.. tacky feel at the edges with a little bit of coffee bitterness and a little peppery alcohol.. bit hot as it wamed up. Medium-bodied and again tacky at times on the palate, impeding the flow a bit.. showed mild oxidation especially on the back. This was an OK stout, but not a good imperial one.

4
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 6, 2010
Bottle from OldGrowth. Thanks! Poured an opaque black color. The head was a few fingers high, light brown, and short lived. Nice enough aroma that included the likes of milk chocolate and roasty malt. Medium to full bodied and slightly sweet with lower carbonation. Chocolate and roast dominated the flavor and were well balanced. I also noticed a hint of plum/dark fruit. There was pleasant roasty bitterness that attenuated the sweetness somewhat. Yum.

3.7
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Bottle from Secret Santa, dated 1/30/08, thanks santa. Pours pretty black, some tan around the rim. In the nose, I get some licorice and coffee, lightly roasty. Flavor is chocolate oreo, medium bitterness and light smoke. Finishes creamy. Mouthfeel is full, texture is creamy. Pretty good Impy here. This brewery can make some good stuff.

3.9
puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2009
Bottled, 1/30/08. This was surprisingly nice. Chocolatey, rich, bitter black malts in the nose, with some notes of hearts of palm. Full bodied, lightly sweet, with a mild carbonation, a touch of carbonation acid, and a fair bit of milkiness. Easy drinking and balanced, well aged and well integrated.


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