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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.71/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
For our first anniversary we decided to indulge in a beer style that is bursting with flavor, jet black in color, potent, and worthy of celebration. Forge is a Russian Imperial Stout, hoppy, roasty, brimming with notes of roasted chocolate, sweet malt, and a very dry finish, as is our style. This beer was aged two months before being released, and is ready to drink now, or you can lay a bottle down to crack on the first snowstorm next winter.

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2.6
tapefuzz (969) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2018
On tap at brewery. Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma is roast, soap, and watery caramel. Taste is syrupy roast, some ash, light caramel, and light fruit. Boozy. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Oily-slightly creamy mouthfeel.

4.2
puboflyons (3562) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 23, 2017
From the 2017 16 oz. can that has a smudged canning date of November 2017. Near black pour with a modest tan colored head. Looks like it should. The aroma has an array of characters including dark roasted and burnt malts, oats, chocolate, and a low profile earthy hop sensation. Some booze. The body is smooth and medium-full. The taste has a bit more alcohol than the nose suggests but otherwise is bold, rich, semi-sweet, and with a moderate sweet yet bitter finish. It is complex and hits a lot of the Russian Imperial Stout characteristics.

3.8
DiarmaidBHK (6170) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2017
Draft at farmhouse tap. Pours black with a khaki Head. Leaves some lacing in the glass. Nice roasted malt and coffee notes on the nose and tongue. Hides it's booze well. Quaffable.

3.7
Adamsville (426) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2017
Apparence : Presque noire, léger col brun, faible rétention, carbonatation moyenne.
Nez : Malt rôti dominant, aspect de chocolat à la vanille présent. Intensité qui s’atténue rapidement. Peut-être un peu de houblons herbacés.
Goût : Torréfaction avec une finale sur le malt grillé et caramélisé, amertume à la fois maltée et quelque peu herbacée. Ça peut aussi rappeler l’amertume d’un café noir. Bière sèche.
Sensation : Corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, bonne longueur.
Bref : Quoi qu’elle soit bonne, on retrouve eu d’évolution et de dimensions au niveau du palais. Un petit défaut similaire apparaît au nez : c’est simple, c’est bien, mais ça ne dure pas bien longtemps. J’aime la sécheresse de cette bière, mais elle gagnerait à être travaillée davantage car elle offre un bon potentiel à mon avis.

3.6
gregwilsonstl (2733) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2017
Black. Sweet at first then becomes dry quick. Cocoa nibs dominate. Heavy roast. Bitter towards the end, but like unsweetened nib sort of bitter. Thx Patrick.

3.6
Drake (14358) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2017
Keg at the brewery. Near black, large creamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of roast, chocolate, caramel, nuts, coffee. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, bitter hops. Medium bodied, mild booze.

3.8
ClarkVV (7050) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 2, 2016
Draught at the brewery, 10/21/16.
Dark, ebony body of indetermined clarity. Tan head atop is small and shows average retention.
Rich cocoa, dark coffee, light vanilla and hints of plum/prune show what seems to be a nicely dry, very roasty Imperial. Booze is low/not present and the hops are not resinous, adding light citrus and pine to the mix but still taking back seat to the malt notes (especially given that this is approaching a year old). Lots of dark cocoa, light prune and bits of caramel that help balance.
Roasty and with tons of baker’s chocolate character in the mouth, the palate is malty but quite well-attenuated, leaving only a bit of treacle-like syrupiness behind. Vanilla, coffee and plums dot the finish, with no alcohol or flaw. Light, engaging carbonation and only a touch of pine/grapefruit, with no resin/acidity buildup. Very nice and has aged gracefully, it seems. Not even a hint of any oxidation yet.

4
callmemickey (4561) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2016
Can. Great looking beer. Dark black-brown body with a thick, creamy tan head that lasts before giving way to dense lacing. Rich roast, coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, and earth. Solid, all-around imperial stout. Medium to full bodied, gentle carbonation, mild bitterness, semi-dry throughout, and a bold finish.

3.6
PhillyCraft (8310) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2016
Sample tried at blackback with Joe, pours dark brown with small light brown head. Notes of caramel malt, coffee bean, chocolate, and roasted wood. Medium in body. The finish is definitely on the dryer side. Decent

3.7
Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - MAR 13, 2016
On tap at The Blackback Pub, Waterbury, VT. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a dark hazy burnt brown color with a bartender’s pour of a white little head. Light lacing after the head dissipated. The smell takes in some bitter to roasty sweet coffee beans. Light cocoa powder slides in. Light bitter citrus hops balance in underneath. The taste was mainly bitter and roasty. Coffee and cocoa are on top of the citrus hops. Light roasty cocoa /coffee aftertaste. Light roasty semi-sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing a nice smoothness to hit. Overall, I say this was a pretty good RIS. Citrus seems controlled enough for creativity from the brewer but not go overboard. I’d have again.


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