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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Damon (1993-2004). The time spent with loved ones, now lost, seems to affect our mind and body perpetually: memories happen upon us, unsuspectingly, and bring about tears of fond remembrance. Damon was our brother - devout and patient in an age of busyness and distraction. In his honor, we crafted and conditioned this imperial stout in port barrels for more than 16 months. We still reflect, daily, upon our Damon and his scruffy chin of grey - of his loyalty and his love. Share. Consider. Enjoy... Bottled 10/2013, no ABV indicated

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stoned99 (1427) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2017
2016 vintage. 375ml bottle from brewery shared with no one. Happy first Valentines day alone to me being alone for more than a decade! Not really something to celebrate but anyway, needed a reason to pop this bottle. Since were talking about popping, huge pop at opening (no gushing... Phew). Aroma: big cherry port aroma, fig, spices, chocolate, woody, licorice. Huge frothy brown head leaving thick brown lacing covering all my glass. Taste and palate: medium to full body, lots of cherries and licorice again in mouth, creamy mouthfeel, light carbonation, medium high sweetness, light bitter finish. Overall: this beer feels really rich. Maybe a bit too sweet for me but I really like this aroma. Its really complex and so enjoyable. The port barrel aging really gave to this beer a new dimension with lots of cherries. Easy to drink even though its quite sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (9716) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2016
Huge rusty-beige head over black beer. Fruity and vegetable (if delicate) on typical, even lightly vinous acidic stout hints. Sweet-liquorice. In the finish definitely portwine. Banana, chocolate. Very well-bodied, alcoholwarming. Quite nice, even if I had preferred less liquorice in the flavour. Thanks to M & L V!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (6214) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 19, 2016
2013 bottle, drunk at the brewery on 7/8/16.
Large, well-retained, tan head tops a ebony-to-dark-mahogany body that shows very good clarity and maroon-magenta highlights on the edges.
Good salty char immediately balanced by deep fudge-tinged base malts. Requisite prune-raisin-fig what have you character that all the best Impys must have, adding complexity and respite from the rich caramel and chocolate of the malts. Roast pretty well tempered, though it does get pretty intense at times. Barrel aging done wonderfully-well, showing great restraint, as is the norm for HF. No big oak flavors and even the port is difficult to pinpoint. Vanilla, plentiful prune and raisin-like acidity and more enjoyable char-like character lingering. Alcoholic at times, but pretty well integrated with the strong house minerality/plaster-like character.
Sweet, but well-balanced with a malty, but well-attenuated texture propelled on by tight carbonation. A study in balance, as his best beers always are. Alcohol does show forth providing very minor glue-like notes. Otherwise, plentiful milk chocolate, roast, char, prunes and vanilla-caramel base malts that are quite sumptuous. Low on the wood and with no toasted oak character. Again, port character low in the beer, but I always appreciate the restraint on barrel character. Great attenuation and drinkable for its size. An all-around fantastic beer, except for the strong alcohol. So Im kinda torn on my evaluation. I think, despite the alcohol, it was still incredibly enjoyable so I tend to give it a little leeway.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Johnsense (1501) - - JUN 18, 2016
Properly cellared since 2013. pitch black pour, larger swized brown head. Aroma of fuge brownie, port, wood, toasted malt - very rich! roasted malt and fudge up front, port wine, bakers cocoa, woody, light smoke, cherry notes. - yep, thats a full 10! Full bodied, zero alcohol warming, perfect carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Samact (37) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2016
Bu sur place la brasserie. Bouteille de 2013. Le liquide se verse dans mon verre tel un sirop dun noir obscur. Une mousse de plusieurs centimtres se forme et prend un temps fou sapaiser. Je ne crois pas avoir dj vu une mousse aussi consistante et abondante. Des armes de mlasse, de sucre, dalcool et de chne se dgage du verre qui tournois doucement dans ma main. En bouche, le liquide ne doit pas du tout. Son corps est tellement pais et sirupeux. Le liquide dgage les mmes saveurs de mlasse, dalcool, de sucre, de fruits rouges. Le vieillissement semble lui avoir procurer une complexit trs intressante.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GlasgowTAD (1581) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 13, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours opaque black with an opulent mocha head; an aesthetic artefact in itself. Aroma is sour burgundy cherries, molasses, port, vinous, fruity, coffee. Taste register rings in vinous port notes which introduce an element of acidity which is followed by caramelly sweetness, cocoa sweetness, milk chocolate sweetness; the journey continues on into the bitter coffee themed room, oak and leather are succeeded by roast malts. Full bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
_angst_ (4683) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2015
Bottle received in trade. Pours viscous pitch black with a rather big frothy and creamy mocha head that leaves lots of spotty trace in the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty and fruity with roasted malts, pumpernickel bread, burnt caramel, oatmeal cookies, moist wood, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, white raisins, prunes, vanilla, port wine and hints of alcohol. Taste is sweet, heavy bitter, malty and fruity. Mouthfeel is creamy, round, tiny tart, astringent, tiny boozy and near full bodied. Finish is tiny sweet and bitter with roasted malts, burnt caramel, charred wood, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, raisins, prunes, moist soil and port wine alcohol. Heavy complex brew. Nice malt and roast profile with the added port wine complexity. Really cool stuff... Layers upon layers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2015
(Bottle) Pours black with a dark brown head. The aroma holds dark fruits, fruits, port, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, oranges, wood and vanilla. Solid roast, vinous barrel caracter and a light sourish touch. The flavour is medium sweet, medium to heavily bitter and light acidic with port, chocolate and wood as the most notable. The mouthfeel soft and velvety with a light carbonation. Near full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4330) - SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2015
Tnx to Alex. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Aroma is lots of Port and barrel smokey raisins dark fruits coffee. Flavor is acidy vinous roasted malty fruity pungent bitter with dry bitter finnish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ctipping (1662) - Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2015
375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Originally reviewed 1/27/2014. Inky black. Glass-staining. Big khaki head. Hefty collar. Chocolate covered cherry aroma. Vinous red wine. Dark roasted chocolate malts. Doesnt taste anywhere near as good as it smelled. Red wine. Chalky and a little metallic. Intense roasted malts. Bitter coffee. Very chocolatey. Overcarbonated. Boozy. Oaky. The smell is quite outstanding, but the flavor doesnt follow suit. Really improves as it warms, though.

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