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RATINGS: 186   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Released for the winter season, this hearty stout starts off with an espresso aroma, followed by a smooth roasted malt flavor. We age this beer for over 2 months to allow the alcohol to mellow and the flavors to balance. Despite the beers alcohol content (8.0%) and intense flavor, this beer remains smooth and very drinkable.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2004
An opaque black body rests beneath a short head of very dark tan foam. The retention is very good, and it slowly drops to a wide creamy collar and lacy surface covering that leaves rings of sticky lace with each sip. The nose is fruit, dark chocolate, and roastiness. The body is medium bordering on full, and its fine-bubbled carbonation lends a subtly crisp tingle to the tongue before smoothing. The flavor delivers an incredibly rich, bittersweet chocolate and espresso-like maltiness that's laced with dark and red fruits and piney hops. The alcohol is well-hidden in the aroma and flavor, but its ghost appears at the back of the throat after its gone. It finishes quite dry with some lingering, residual burnt-chocolate character.


3.7
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAY 23, 2017
Thanks Nate. Bottle to snifter, the appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that held and then slid off at a semi-slow pace. Not much lace, somewhat stringy, but sliding. The aroma had some sweet caramel/toffee malts, roasted dark malts, espresso roasty and sweet contours, some nuts, light toast, biscuits, sweet wood, smooth earthiness, milk chocolate and ended with a little bit of coffee creamer. The flavor did a pretty good job of blending all of the prior mentioned aromas to slide together on into the aftertaste and follow through into the finish. The feel was about medium bodied, perhaps a touch under with a fair sipping sort of quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt good. Pretty smooth along my tongue. Overall, pretty good imperial stout that packs in all of what one is looking for in the style.

4.1
NikkTwist (3252) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2016
Draft at Khyber Pass. Black brown pour with only a thin ring of tan bubbles. Dark caramel malts. Nice roasty flavor. Slight glossy edge. Chocolate liquor. Burnt macadamia nuts. Espresso. Plums and prunes. Blackberries. Leather jacket. Cigarettes. Nicely full. Bit sugary but has a good complex palate.

4.2
katrinaez (2085) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2015
A hit for Duclaw. Perfect balance with coffee. Great feel on the tongue. Some grit but smooth. Tap

3.8
strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - JUN 6, 2015
Draft. Dark tan head, deep black color. Thick body, roasted flavors, sims chocolate. Excellent stout

3.5
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2015
Bottle trade from SJ. Nice roasted aroma, taste of coffee, roasted malts, dark fruit...raisin, and Earth.

4.2
kayres (888) - , Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Deep dark black with a thick tan head. Rich choclaty coffee aroma. Smooth and very full bodied. Very roasted and choclaty ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
djd07 (15099) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with medium creamy beige head that leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is chocolate, raisin, and toffee. Medium mouthfeel with a sweet roasted malt and dark chocolate. Decent.

2.8
keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2013
On tap at DuClaw Bel Air.
Appearance: Pitch black body with a thin tan head.
Aroma: Very heavy on fig and dark chocolate.
Taste: Strong fig with dark chocolate, too much fig.
Palate: Medium bodied, moderately carbonated.
Overall: Way too much fig, not enough roast, didn’t even want to finish my sample.

3.6
snoworsummer (5746) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Draft. Pours very dark brown with a thick tan head. Tastes sweet, syrupy, chocolatey, mellow. Almost no hop character. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like chocolate and malt.

3.6
jgb9348 (6324) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2013
2010 Vintage Bottle, Purchased 30 July 2011, Sampled 15 February 2013 Deep pitch black coloured head with a thin, fast-dying light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, anise, fennel, nuts, caramel, vanilla, oak and a bit of prunes. Full-bodied; Strong roasty malt flavour with some coffee, nuts, caramel and a lot of anise and licorice flavours. Aftertaste shows some alcohol burn, a hint of peat and smoked flavours with a prolonged caramelised sugar flavour and a bit more alcohol. Overall, a strong and roasty beer with some good imperial stout flavours, but perhaps a bit too much alcohol burn and not enough complexity - especially after three years. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Norm’s in Vienna, Virginia on 30-July-2011 for US$9.00 sampled at home in Washington on 15-February-2013.


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