RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
9.% a.b.v. our version of this classic export ale. Unlike most brewers we add a special decoction cycle to our brew day to increase the malty backbone to this once a year specialty. A generous amount of bittering hops balances well with the high roast, chocolate and black malt flavor. Viscosity is high and flavors improve as the ale warms in temperature

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Bottle thanks to AirForceHops: Pours a mostly opaque dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing beige head. Has a lightly sweet dark caramel and chocolate malty nose with a touch of dark fruits. Starts with average fullness and effervescent carbonation with a mild dark caramel and chocolate flavor before a drier, roasty bittersweet finish. Could use a little more body and complexity, but is still a decent imperial stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 11, 2012
651mL. Deep cola pour with a larger, rocky, beige head. Big webby lace. Nice retention. Bitter, hoppy, roasty nose with sharper green olives. Taste is super tangy, light bodied, citric with a drained palate as if infected. Over attenuated for style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12479) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Bottle shared by CaptainCougar. Pours black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is chocolate and roast malt, dates and prunes, light earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant, light smoke, dark fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2573) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 2, 2011
Will pour a five+ finger thick brown head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Black color with hints of mahogany. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Baked chocolate nose, flavor is baked-burnt chocolate, smooth. Higher ABV is hidden. Decent imp stout but way overpriced at $19.99 for a 22oz bottle #365 from Berts Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (6606) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Bottle # 390 Brew # 1162. Slow poor into a snifter produced large foamy, thick, abundant off white head. Head covers the snifter on the way down. Nose of slight alcohol and malt. Taste is roasted malt with a hint of chocolate in the finish. Mouthfeel is silky and creamy. Medium almost full bodied. I paid $13.99 for this bottle, we think $14 could be spent on a much better brew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LiteWait (266) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Slow poor into a snifter produced large foamy, thick, abundant off white head. Head covers the snifter on the way down. Nose of slight alcohol and malt. Taste is roasted malt with a hint of chocolate in the finish. Mouthfeel is silky and creamy. Medium almost full bodied. AirForceHops paid $13.99 for this bottle, we think $14 could be spent on a much better brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 15, 2011
Supah black pour with a beautiful mountainous tan frothy head. The nose is filled with charred malts, molasses, brownie, and molasses. The flavor holds huge ashy roasted malts with caramel, molasses, bakers chocolate, and cream. The palate is a tad thin, but has epic creamy effervescence. A really nice offering.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puboflyons (3238) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 26, 2011
#360 of brew no. 1162. The pour is very dark brown with ruby red hues glistening in the light. Nice frothy brown head. Not as black as I expected for an Impy Stout. Smoky aromas on the nose to start followed by an enticing maltiness and mellow alcohol bite. The body is heavy and creamy. Warming on the tongue. The taste is comfortably bitter but there is not a lot of chocolate sensations happening. The bottle costs about $20. This is worth trying but it might be cheaper to try it on tap at the pub itself. And I do not think this beer is widely available outside of NH.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 19, 2011
22oz bottle #542 thanks to Scottie. Pours black with a big fluffy tan head that recedes slowly to a thin cap and leaves some sparse lacing. Aroma is very chocolaty with cocoa powder and milk chocolate mixed with roasted black malts. Not much in the way of hops. The taste is also sweet up front with chocolate malts, coffee and some earthy hops. But the difference in the taste is that the finish is much more bitter and roasty than anything I was expecting from the nose. The mouthfeel is very, very smooth with a dry, roasty finish. This is a decent RIS thats heavy on the chocolate and dark roasted malts and very dry in the finish. All in all, Im glad I got to sample something from this brewery and I look forward to others.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnnniee (3958) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Overly expensive 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a solid black with no light penetration. smallish tan head dissipates quickly to a ring around the top of the glass. Smells of roast caramel, toffee, and chocolate, spicy perfumy hops, touches of alcohol and a slight smoky phenolic in there as well. Taste is roasty and smoky, mix up with some chocolate, caramel, and spicy hops. The body on this one starts off really thick, but somehow finishes quite dry on the palette with a lingering smoky roasty-ness. Low level of carbonation, creamy smooth mouthfeel. This is not the worst stout Ive set to my lips, but certainly not worth the 20 dollar price tag. The body could be a little thicker, and I think the smoke is too strong and detracts more than it enhances this brew. One and done for me.


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