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RATINGS: 452   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 43   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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. We’ve 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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3.6
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 20, 2008
Bottle @ ORL throwdown, courtesy of redlight. Pours pitch black with a thin tan head that fades away pretty fast. Roasty and chocolate and some nice caramel malts both in the aroma and the flavor. Nice bitter finish, some astringent roast evident in finish as well. Seemed a little thin, but smooth drinking. Nice.

3.9
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2008
Bottle shared at yeast fest. 97 outside and we’re drinking a stout?! Pours a black body with a dim tan head. Sweet chocolate vanilla and creaminess escape the glass. A chalky vanilla and sweet chocolate enter your mouth. A nice chocolate but roasty coffe with a mild bitter vanilla finish. Solid offering.

3.8
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Courtesy redlight. Pours pitch black, with a small off white head. Smells of some dark roasty malts, light chocolate, and traces of vanilla beans as well. The mouthfeel has a syrupy texture to it, pretty thick and oily, with alot of toasted malt and burnt chocolate characters throughout. Pretty darn good imperial stout. Not mind blowing, but no real noticeable flaws. Just solid as hell.

3.7
dchmela (3078) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Found this in my yard the morning after a tasting. I think it came from Redlight. The swing top kept it a little fresh, so lets rate! Pours inky black with no head. Huge chocolate nose with hints of bourbon. Thick and chocolaty taste. Vanilla and coffee, too. Very smooth taste and it held up well over night.

3.7
DietPepsican (1592) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAY 12, 2008
black pour with a tan head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Flavor had a lot of chocolate and coffee as well, some caramel and vanilla. Finishes very smooth, easy to drink. I wondered why this was so thin. 7.5% huh? I didn’t catch any of the barrel aging in this. I might have to revisit this one.

4.1
tiffanya (45) - Federal Way, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2008
Thanks to BH for the sample! I’m looking forward to this beer becoming available in Washington State. A little sweeter than your average Imperial Stout, which means it is more toward my liking. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate with notes of sour dark fruit. Semi-dry and ashy-chalky. Notes of spice. Went down really easy. Wax-coated flip-top is a bit of a bear to open; be careful with your knives! ;-)

4
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 29, 2008
Bottle picked up in Hayden. Thick creamy cocoa head. Dark fruit aroma with chocolate and molasses. flavour is chocolate, raisin and alcohol. Body is somewhat soft and delicate. Alcohol picks up through the glass. Lots of chocolate in the bottom.

3.7
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - APR 10, 2008
1 liter bottle shared by tjthresh; wax over a swing-top doesn’t make for easy opening. It pours black as night with a dense, creamy, tan head that laces nicely. On the nose are: dark roast, a touch of soy sauce, and light notes of dark chocolate and ash. Medium to full-bodied and creamy with a roasted, dry and lightly sour finish. Chocolate, smoke and dark fruit with a dry, ashy finish. This doesn’t really come across as an imperial stout, but it’s quite nice, nevertheless. Thanks for sharing this with us, Tom!

3.6
theisti (4157) - Kansas, USA - APR 7, 2008
1 Liter bottle generously shared by tjthresh. Pour is black, with a pretty 3 inch khaki head. Aroma of bitter pine hops and roasting coffee malt. Some burnt chocolate in the nose also. Taste is big on the bitter roasted coffee, though the finish is a bit chalky and milky - not real pleasant for me. Really dry finish. Decent enough, though certainly on the thinner end of the Imperial Stout spectrum. Thanks for sharing this one Tom!

3.9
tjthresh (1875) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - APR 5, 2008
1L bottle from BeerandBlues2. Pours black with a big lasting brown head. Nose of smoke and chocolate. Really nice milk chocolate flavor with a solid bitter finish. Full body. Average carbonation. Dry finish. Not an imperial stout, but very good.


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