overall
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72
style
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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RATINGS: 457   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 43   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This thick, rich ale was brewed with plenty of caramel and roasted malts, and subtly spiced with American Chinook and Willamette hops. It boasts flavors of chocolate and coffee, along with raisins and dried fruit soaked in sherry. Weve accentuated the natural smokiness of the brew by adding a small amount of beechwood-smoked malt and aging the brew in an oak whiskey barrel, which also adds notes of oak and vanilla.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8359) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Pours nearly pure blackness with thin mocha head. The aroma is roasty darkness, burnt molasses, some chocolate, toffee and bread. Nice. The taste begins with chocolate (I love that in the start of the beers flavor), burnt molasses and some sweet sugary malts. Those notes are followed by toffee, some coffee, caramel and more malt sweetness. Very nice with full thick bold flavored body. YUM!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pepperford (115) - robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2009
purely black in color. Dark mocca head that ends quickly. dark chocolate aroma with a bit of alcohol or burnt coffee. flavors of bitter chocolate, licorice, and a sharp almost tin like dryness. nice to see the 07 can continue to mature. well done beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Courtesy of Retorp. Pours a dark black color with a tannish-yellow head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is malty and roasty with notes of heavy cream, smoke, bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate, dark ripe fruit. Flavor is also roasted and malty with notes of dark ripe fruit, dark chocolate, wood, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee. Generally full-body with a pleasing malty and roasted finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (9556) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 10, 2009
courtesy of retorp. 2007 bottle. Pours blackish with nice yellow - gold lacing and yellow lacing. Aroma is very malty with notes of roastiness and coffee. Taste, roasted malts with notes of coffee and toffee, with light hoppy finish. Damn light and tasty for an Imp. stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markwise (5305) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2009
Bottle Courtesy of retorp. Pours a tell-tale deep black with a nice tan head. Nose is coffee, licorice, chocolate, malt, and a whiskey sweetness. Flavor is mellow chocolate, slight coffee bitterness, and some licorice. Finish lingers with coffee and dark chocolate.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2009
Bottle, courtesy Retorp. Pours a very dark brown, with a big fluffy tan head, creamy wet lacing. Nose is of roasted malt, dry caramel and chocolate, molasses and brown sugar. Flavor is very smooth, with roasted malt, dry cocoa, caramel, chocolate and coffee. Smooth, burnt but easy and smooth, dry palatable and delicious. The ABV provides a very interesting twist on the style. Enjoyed it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 14, 2008
1 Litre swing top from the MJRBC. Pours dark brown with a creamy light brown head. Smells of chocolate, spice, resiny. Tastes bitter with some chocolate, a hint of tarteness, some dark fruit. Velvety mouthfeel. Decent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2008
On tap at Belmont Station. Pours black, thick, with a smooth tan head. Chocolatey roast nose, hint of cherry and port. Very smooth palate, lingering tastes of port and dark chocolate linger in the finish with a bright hop note.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mtnbrwr (4) - , Idaho, USA - SEP 27, 2008 does not count
Pours an opaque black with a fine, brown head. Smoke is apparent in the aroma, as well as dried fruit, and when swirled in the glass, a slight presence of piney, resinous American hops. The mouthfeel is right on, plenty of body without being too thick. The flavor is complex, with chocolate, roasted, fruity and smoky flavors all playing at once. The beer comes on sweet and smoky at first, then finishes with a nice dark malt bitterness in the end. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2008
Thanks to my girlfriend for picking up two of these bottles...and thanks to her mom for temporarily losing them in storage for 10 months! Anyway, they’re mine now! Pours black with a moderate light brown/dark tan head. Aroma of earthy coffee beans, toffee, caramel, graham crackers, espresso, and a bit of raisins. Tastes of dark chocolate, espresso, brownie mix, nuttier coffees, light raisin, finishes with a gentle nutty roast flavor with a slight vanilla and peanut butter flavor. Medium bodied, but definitely creamy and full-feeling without being too heavy. Don’t go in thinking the 7.5 abv is gonna be lacking! Very good, well rounded and smooth. A satisfying impy stout with a lot to offer and drinkability to suit the every day occasion.


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