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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Honoring our favorite local blacksmith, this flavorful Stout is a selected mix of ten malts and five hop varieties. Imperial Stout was a key British export in the Baltic trade that elevated art and industry in Russia and England during the 18th Century. Celebrate craftsmanship and raise a glass to broader flavor horizons.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4872) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Appearance: Pours a black body topped with a skimpy layer of tan-colored bubbles. Smell: Earthy roasted malt aroma with a thin measure of dark chocolate trying to peak through. A few sprigs of spearmint and a touch of citrus. Taste: Heavily roasted malts come across as quite earthy, almost soil-like. Mild dark chocolatey sweetness. Hint of mint. Earthy, herbal bitterness. Finishes roast and bitter. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: Just okay, not great.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - DEC 27, 2007
On tap at the brewpub. Pour almost black with just a touch of a garnet halo when held to light. The head is substantial, sticky, and creamy, on the pour, diminishing to thin skin that leaves behind creamy lace. The nose is fairly muted for an impy: dark roasted malt, chocolate and faint coffee, but the mouthfeel is anything but tame. Full-bodied and creamy-soft with a roasted and fairly bitter, hopped finish. Dark roasted, light caramel and chocolate malts dominate the flavor up front, transitioning to a dry, earthy, hop bite that asserts its presence at the finish. This is a very nice, full-bodied stout, but as far as impy stouts go, its not nearly as complex or interesting as many others that Ive sampled. It also carries the distinct misfortune of being overshadowed by an older sibling that is significantly better in pretty much every respect (Owd Macs). If I found this at just about any other brewpub, I would consider it a significant discovery.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11984) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Hand bottled sample courtesy of footbalm (thanks!). Ratebeer rating # 2,800. Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized light tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, burnt malts, and Im getting some pine in there. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, some dark fruits, and light caramel. Tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2006
Unsolicited beer at the Milwaukee YeHA thanks to the uncomparable footbalm! Poured a very deep brown with a short residual caramel head. Nose was of deeply-roasted dark chocolate with mild coffee.. a little light, without much hop presence coming through. Very much enjoyed the flavor... deeply-roasted bakers chocolate and espresso beans with hints of prune and licorice.. very complex with a rich chocolate and dark fruity finish (had some less pleasant sour notes, too). Rather light-bodied for the style but maintained a full flavor.. a little sharp at times. Overall a very good brew. Thanks Eric!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Opaque and inky chocolate brown in color with a deep, dark and dirty tan head. Concord grapes and black currant steal the aromatic show. Some fudgie chocolate comes through, but the grape flow cant be trumped. Bittersweet chocolate comes out of the gates first for flavor. Dry tongue stop and dark chocolate candies make their presences known. Instinctive black currant maintains a subconscious continuity of chocolate fudge ripples ripening throughout. Medium-to-fuller bodied with wholesome espresso coolers and milky caf crme testimonies ensuing. Dry, dark chocolate finish melds fairly well with the broiled, bittersweet flavors.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3615) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Milwaukee YeHA! 2006

Thanks to footbalm for sending this down for the tasting. There were actually two bottles and some even managed to make it to the end of the night. If only I had a little more room in my stomach I would have finished it off. It is not the best imperial stout Ive had but it is very solid in all aspects. Yet another reason to visit Free State (about the only reason for stopping in Kansas).

Aroma / Appearance - The hoppy sweet nose was also malty. It poured with very little head but a nice black body. Overall it was hard to pin down exactly what was going on but it was a nice aroma.

Flavor / Palate - Coffee, expresso and granite form an unusual mouthfeel. It tastes a bit like smoky asphalt. It felt a little on the thin and watery side but there was still some life to it. Its not the best Imperial Stout Ive had but it is also far from the worst.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Thanks to footbalm for sending this to our tasting!!! The beer pours to a really dark ruby body with a thin creamy offwhite head. The aroma is nice. A light peat malt with some chocolate malts and sweet wet hops. The flavor is lightly peaty with nice light chocolates. Very distinct. Nice hops and malts used in this. I dont know if Id really call it an Imperial Stout...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2006 Hand bottled from footbalm, sent to our tasting...you rock. Sweet and hoppy aroma...lots of pine and chocolate, fruity apples, etc... nice. Dark, dark black in color with a thin head. Sweet and hoppy...like an IPA stout. Sweet, grapefruit, pineapple. Medium palate, fairly creamy. I like fresh, hoppy imperial stouts. It is very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (12685) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Growler received from tjthresh, thanks Tom. Pours black, near opaque, rubied, with an average frothy light brown head that mostly diminishes. Aroma is moderate malt (chocolate, cookie, burnt), heavy hop (perfume, herbs, flowers) and light yeast (earth, broth). Heavy hoppiness, light sweetness and moderate maltiness to start, heavy hop finish, low malt and yeast, alcohol and an average duration. Dark bodied, oily and fizzy palate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Tap; pours deep black with dark tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, molasses, coffee, very nice flavor with clean finish. From the aroma you would expect this to be a more complex beer, but may be due to serving colder than expected. Overall a nice beer, and would have probably been better if allowed to warm up a bit.


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