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RATINGS: 2154   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A fine companion to end a meal or relax in front of the hearth with, this robust ale will cellar well for years. Brewed with ten varieties of malted barley this stout is extremely smooth, complex and rich in body. We recommend serving at cellar temperature. Sit back and enjoy its richness and complexity, you’re about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.

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3.8
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Bottle. Black pour with almost no head. Roasted malt, coffee, bitter dark chocolate and some smoke and ash. Nice silky mouthfeel.

4.1
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2010 Bottle. Pours a thick brown black with a huge thick burn ruby tan head. Nose is cigarette smoke, burnt malt, some coffee. Taste has that same cigarette flavor too it?! I think it is mostly in the head. Flavors become a lot more roasted burnt chocolate malt. Burnt roasted coffee too. Mouth is full and creamy. I dig this beer but very smokey and the cigarette beginning is gross but as that goes away it is good! re-rated a bottle from 2008. The appearance is a beautiful glossy black with a medium roasted brown head. The aromas are full of roasted malts, oatmeal, chocolate. The flavors follow that same line. really nice dark chocolate, chocolate milk, heavy roasted malt profile. Mouth is creamy and a touch sticky. Wonderful impy, I enjoyed a lot more then the fresher of the same.

4.2
tmoreau (4369) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2009
12 oz. bottle poured into a Czech Pils glass. A thick, motor oil pour of black/brown colored brew, with a dark, tan head that didn’t last long but left some clingy lace. The aroma was roasty, toasty, coffee, dark chocolate, with a touch of smoky wood. Ditto on the flavor plus a favorably astringent bitterness that lasted through the finish. Silky mouthfeel and ultra full body. Whoa! A very big, Imperial Stout

4.4
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2009
Snifter at bar. Pour is pitch black with the thickest dark brown head i have ever seen. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and expresso. Flavor is outstanding with chocolate, strong coffee, roasted malts, and finishing very smooth. Alcohol was hidden extremly well in this guy. Outstanding!

4
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 26, 2009
330 mL into a snifter. Pours a used motor oil pitch black with a micro dark tan head that settles quickly to nothing. Crazy aroma of oak, bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, molasses, and almost overpowering spicy alcohol like vodka or something- I have never smelled that in a beer before. For 90 IBUs and 10% the taste is incredibly smooth with some oak, espresso, roasted malt, and vanilla moving to piney hops with warming alcohol like whiskey. Velvety mouthfeel. Full-bodied. Crazy and insane.

4.2
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2009
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours motor oil black with a reddish-brown head that dissipates, leaving a small ring and lacing on the glass. Aroma of espresso, bitter dark chocolate, molasses, and a bit of dark fruit. Taste is coffee and dark chocolate, with some sweet malt and hops. Masks the alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is very creamy, especially as it warms up. Very light carbonation...smooooth. Great Impy Stout!

3.7
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - FEB 25, 2009
Taste 2/9 Bottle. Looks: Black with a thin tan head lacing down the glass. Aroma: Nice blending of the smoke/roast, espresso and chocolate and alcohol. Taste: Balanced but a little wooden. A quality offering for the style.

4.2
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 25, 2009
2004 bottle thanks to brentfreesh, shared with ilovedarkbeer. Pours, thick and black with a creamy, very dark brown head that stays forever. Good lace. Aroma is a amazing, chocolate, boozy, floral, chewy caramel, vanilla, cinnamon rolls, molasses. Taste is ashy with chocolate, alcohol, brown sugar and a bit bitter on the finish. Milky and mouthcoating with light bubbles.

4
ilovedarkbeer (2741) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Bottle thanks to BMan113VR. Pours a deep black color with a some brownish in it. Reddish brown head that is lacy and medium sized. Nose : vinegar, chocolate fudge, booze, molasses Taste: vanilla, booze, meaty, smoky, Mouthfeel is thick and velvety.

4
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - FEB 24, 2009
Dark rich pour with a small tan head that dissipates quickly. Appearance is oily. Strong coffee front on the nose followed immediately by soft chocolate. Silky body feel in the mouth. Strong bitter finish. Very strong chocolate flavors and roasted malts in the flavor. I wish it was sweet but there is no sweetness at all.


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