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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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4.1
lb4lb (2632) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Bottle generously given as an extra by hoppymeal. Thanks!!

Pours a nice black color with a medium lived nice tan head. Smell is creamy chocolate, smooth graham cracker and cocoa and fudge. Very nice nose. Taste is nice and chocolatey with a light pleasant bitterness. Roasty malt and chocolate with no coffee or fruity notes. Not over the top flavor, but its enough, and is well done. Very nice and smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation. I get no dark fruit flavor out of this, which I like. For 12% it is quite well hidden. Very well made and enjoyable beer.

4
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2008
Bottle. Goodbar Beer Club. Nose is cocoa & roasty malt, cherries. Flavor is rich malt, tons of dark fruit,a but burnt but not overly so. Cherries, fruits alcohol, rich awesome.

3.5
tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - JUL 1, 2008
sample. black with sizable tan head. dry coffee and dark chocolate. alcohol is noticeable but not totally overwhelming. the chocolately malts take center stage. has a solid edge to it - its a sipper.

4.1
auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2008
12oz Handbottle. Light spritz as the cap is released. A high pour builds a good choco-hazle rim above a brown-black liquor. Aroma is intense. Deep, rich brandy-like nuttiness, melding with fruit cakes, sweet cream, and toasted chestnuts. Very volatile. Good roast and sweetness build in for chocolate cake-like complexity. Very nice. Flavor runs similar. A rich, deep creamy chocolate sugar, mature grape alcohols and a piquant note of nuttiness. It has dessert-like appeal, with rather silky, luxurious sweetness balanced by intense roast and a bit of dry hoppiness. Body is very complete. Not cloying or sticky, but oily dense in that GI Bourbon County Stout kind of way. Richly flavored and well textured. Alcohol is notable and that may be the only real fault of this beer, even though I feel it helps develop a lot of richness and depth. It does snare the nostrils a touch. Carbonation disperses the beer across the tongue nicely and lets it fade gradually into a sweeping run of fresh caramel, german chocolate cake, hazlenut truffles, and candied apples. Delicious. A well built Imperial Stout! Thanks a ton Sean!

3.7
MrBunn (2849) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Bottle without label that I personally picked up at the brewery. Body is dark, dark with a miminal head that dies to a film within a couple of minutes. Aromas are very smokey... burnt coffee, burnt brownies, peat, etc., and could be a little more full. First sip reveals that this is a very silky and thick drink... almost a bit too much so... flavors are less smoke domiated than I expected, there is almost a bit of a bourbon character to things and a lot of warmth from the ABV. Flavor has a touch of molasses and soy, which didn’t really manifest themselves in the nose. Overall, this is fairly nice and has some good things going, but lacks a bit of refinement and a finish that pulls it all together. I’ll be itnerested to see how bottle #2 treats me in a couple of years.

4.1
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Sample @ WBE: This is one of the more memorable RIS I have had from a brewpub. Aroma of chocolate, toffee, and vanilla. Syrupy but not too thick, with a full roasted flavor that doesn’t finish too warm.

3.4
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2008
16 oz at brew pub...pours very dark black, very little head. chocolate in aroma and flavor, hides ots 14.3 very well. very nice ris.

3.3
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2008
draft- had a zingyness that is just plain unpleasant in this style, and a flavor characteristic I find way too often. Big time booze flavor and warmth. Overall, not bad, but not enough to distinguish itself in a hotly contested style category.

3.3
ogglethorp (919) - Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2008
On tap. Pours almost black, though some light penetrates, with a thin brown colored head. Aroma is roast, chocolate, coffee. Flavor is chocolate, some roasty notes, coffee. Palate is medium to full, light carbonation, finished bitter. Just not tnough here for me to call this good. A little on the thin and watery side, and just not enough oomph to be a RIS. Somewhat dissapointing.

4.1
Nephilium (1821) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Slight aroma of chocolate and coffee, a touch of vanilla lurking behind that. Pours a wonderful black with a full tan head. Nice thick, creamy mouthfeel. Coffee and chocolate in the taste as well, just a bit of alcohol burn in the back of the throat. Overall, a very tasty beer.


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