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style
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 320   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Full bodied black beer, very malty with a complex roasted chocolate character.

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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (7096) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 10, 2015
16 ounce can thanks to Greg. This pours black with tan head. Creamy with big notes of chocolate. Moderate nose. Roast. Very good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shigadeyo (3646) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2015
Cocoa in the aroma, a bit of alcohol venting. Near black color, opaque, large tan-colored head. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee; deep, rich maltiness, tobacco, fine alcohol syrup in the finish with a good dose of resin/pine hops and moderate bitterness. Medium full, smooth and slick texture. Very good hoppy Imperial Stout. Wish there was more to the aroma though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (17944) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2015
Bottle split at Bruces pad - for the last time, big thanks to Padraig, 27/03/15. Light black with a decent tan covering. Nose is roast malt, chocolate, spice, earthy, dark toffee. Taste comprises roast malt, chocolate, hint of liquorice, toffee, charr, dark fruits. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Decent enough imperial stout, not overly complex but an approachable easy drinking number.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GRM (3853) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2015
Sample, draught, during the Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savoured on October 4 2014; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of beige head, light lacing; nose: roasted barley, light burnt barley, black coffee, light hops, light vanilla, alcohol; mouth: roasted barley, light burnt barley, black coffee, light hops, light vanilla, alcohol, alcohol warmth, hops, finale in roasted barley with good presence of burnt barley, full body, surprisingly bitter, lightly sweet, alcoholic texture; overall: fine FRANAIS chantillon, en ft, lors du Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savoure le 4 octobre 2014; il : noire, opaque, petit anneau de mousse beige, lgre dentelle; nez : orge torrfie, lger orge brle, caf noir, lger houblon, lger vanille, alcool; bouche : orge torrfie, lger orge brle, caf noir, lger houblon, lger vanille, alcool, chaleur dalcool, houblon, finale en orge torrfie avec bonne prsence dorge brle, corse, curieusement amre, lgrement sucre, texture alcoolique; en rsum : bien

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (7126) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle share, thanks to MannyGoldberg. Black, small tan head. Aroma is smoke, yeast, chocolate, dry metallics. Body is medium to light, foamy, low carbonation. Taste is rounded malt, soft ash, light metallics, dry finish, quite bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (13309) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle thanks to Manny G. It pours dark brown with a small tan head. The nose is rich, roasty, coffee, cocoa, candied citrus peel and earth. The taste is rich roast, earth, toasty, charred wood, cocoa, vanilla, varnish, booze and mild acidity with a dry, rich roasty finish. Medium-full body and fine carbonation. Perhaps too dry. Very dry. Ashy. OK.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (19499) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle shared in London - big thanks to Padraig. Pours black with a dense, creamy beige head. The nose has a lot of burnt marshmallows, cocoa, earth. Medium sweet flavor with mild roast, some dark fruits, burnt earth, charred grains, raisins. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Lightly warming finish with lots of char character, ash, baking cocoa, burnt marshmallow, earth, grains. Pretty well balanced overall.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (13497) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 12, 2015
Draft - Lots of dark roast, dark chocolate and coffee. Jet black with a rich beige head. Big bold roast, coffee and chocolate with a big bitterness to accompany. Classical styled.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Served on-tap at Iron Hill - Lancaster during their recent X-Mas in July event.

A - Pours jet black; with hints of brown around the edges; with a small half finger tall tan head leaving streaky lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of coffee, bakers chocolate, dark roasted malt, licorice, light smoke, and sweet dark fruits. It is complex yet it smells like any other RIS would.

T - Starts off with plenty of rich coffee quickly giving way to a mix of sweet bakers chocolate, dark roasted malt, light smoke, and some sweet dark fruits. It has lots of smokey roast yet it remains quite drinkable. The finish has plenty of dark roast, mixing with some chocolaty sweetness, to linger on the pallet long after the finish.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Rich, roasty, feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.

O - Very nice. I see why this has won all those GAFB medals over the years. It has lots of things going on inside it, yet it remains drinkable and easy to enjoy. I am glad they snuck this keg on at the last minute.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparf (256) - stersund, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2014
Ltt syrlig arom med kttiga, rostade toner. mild och vlbalanserad. Helt svart brygd, en tt skumkrona och bra lmningar. Kraftig smak med rejlt rostad malt och en stor beska. ven den syrliga kttigheten kommer igen samt introduceras kaffetoner. Oljigt sammetslen brygd med fyllig kropp och ngot fr mycket kolsyra. Lng, kraftig eftersmak med framfr allt beska.


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