RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
This massive Stout pours a mahogany black with a thick, brown head. The aroma is all chocolate and toasted malt. The first wave of flavor embraces anise and dark, bitter chocolate but opens up to include coffee, smoke and rich sweet malt.

ABV may vary between batches: 9.1% to 10.3%

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ASak10 (56) - Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Release 13, 10.1% ABV. Pours black with tan head. Low carbonation. Taste coffee, chocolate, and some smokiness. Very drinkable stout, the alcohol doesn't overwhelm it. Doesn't taste anywhere near 10%. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Concealer (1243) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Bomber.. Clear dark brown with a chocolate brown head; lasting and lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, light liquorice and coffee. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malt, liquorice, coffee and vanilla. Medium to full bodied, cream with a lingering roasted malt and chocolate. Slightly dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5856) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Tap at Denver Tap Room - not sure of the batch, but marked as 10.6% - black pour with a fluffy tan head - nose of anise, licorice, smoke, roast, light bitterness - full and bold, but ever so soft in the mouth - dense dark malts provide a balance of sweetness and roast - touches of smoke - light balancing acidity - earth, nori/seaweed, fennel seed - complex, balanced, delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5380) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Black pour with khaki head. Nose is chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, fudge, licorice, and bitter. Great palate, heavy chocolate, roasted malts, bitter, syrup, and a hint of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (9188) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Inky black with a thin beige head. The nose has a thick sweet dark chocolate aroma, a bit of roasted barley, and some brown sugar. The flavor is big and robust and roasty, with notes of smoke and molasses, with some dark chocolate and a little anise. Bitterness in the chocolate with a thick chewy mouthfeel. Roasted cocoa finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9322) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2013 Bottle, batch #13, 10.1% ABV. Rich chocolate malt / bakers chocolate with roast and savory black patent / soy sauce playing a softer but well-integrated role. Rich, creamy, seemingly dry, a little bit dirty / yeast. Beefy yet soft malt and carbonation. Fudge and cake-like with full, round mouth presence... Im reminded of Thirsty Dog and Yeti and from the savoriness come memories of Stormaktsporter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (25814) - Malm, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2013
Draft @ Epic Brewing Denver Taproom, Denver, CO. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and licorice aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and licorice flavor. Has a roasted malty licorice bitter chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jerm719 (191) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Medium body. Jet black. Roasted coffee beans, milk chocolate, northwestern hops. Balanced. Alcohol well hidden. Nothing over the top, but a good solid stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (4480) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2013
25 oct 2013, bottle. Release #9. Black. Nose is dark chocolate and roasted malt. Thin/med body and mildly fizzy. Dark chocolate, a bit bitter, faintly sweet. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3650) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2013
22 ounce bottle
I didnt pay attention to which batch this was but the bottle is at least two years old. It has held up quite well. While not the greatest imperial stout or even average at least it is not a total drainpour. Maybe this is what happens when a brewery tries to expand too quickly too soon.

Aroma / Appearance - A reddish black base sits idly in the glass. Carbonated with a tannish head, the body contains a nice mixture of chocolate, coffee, and smoky plums. It is not very aggressive for an imperial stout but is in the ballpark.

Flavor / Palate - Chewy licorice, chocolate, and ash tickle the tongue. This does not feel thick at all. A hot peppery finish is warm and a bit distracting. The flaws may not be major but they are enough to take away from what could have been a more solid release. I may try some more Epic bottles when I find time but I am not in a hurry.

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