RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   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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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawker (16) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Good imperial stout, dark head, nice combination of flavors. Nice hoppy tast


3.8
lavaaaron (55) - - MAY 27, 2017
Smells like vanilla extract but thankfully doesn't carry that through too strong on the taste. Full body and tastes like a lot of black patent malt but also some vanilla and caramel. Family brought this down from NH and I didn't try it until May. A great stout and would be perfect for a January or February day. I like he amount of hops in this too. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
mcox90 (2088) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 15, 2017
16 oz. can. Pours black with a one finger mocha head that slowly recedes leaving some mocha colored lace. Sweet dark chocolate nose with secondary espresso and dark fruit. Subtle sweetness on the taste with smooth chocolate notes with a hint of raisin on the backend of the swallow. Hint of caramel candy. Smooth, silky palate. Full bodied. A nice relaxing evening in your mouth.

3.9
thepatrickman (1347) - Jevington, East Sussex, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2017
16oz can at home. This is a nice, straightforward interpretation of an imperial stout, without any adjuncts of barrel aging. Some malt sweetness, but the roasted coffee flavor from the dark malts dominate. Good for sipping on a winter’s night.

3.5
RasmusOtt (2764) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 12, 2016
Can thanks to Bursprak. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of dark sweet malts, chocolate, roasted malts and slight liquorice. The taste has lots of sweet malt, caramel, chocolate, a dry roasted taste and some liquorice.

3.5
bursprak (3205) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 11, 2016
Can from recent Secret Santa. Pitch black pour with a dark tan head. Tons of bitter chocolate and roast, light cherry, licorice and a lingering tartness.

3.6
malrubius (2898) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 1, 2016
Can from Brewtopia. Black with tan ring and some lace. Roasted chocolate coffee woody hops and some dark fruit aroma. Sweet dark chocolate roasted coffee and some tangy dark fruit with woody lingering roasted malt bitterness. Creamy and medium full bodied. Fruitiness is a little heavy body not as rich as expected. Still, definitely drinkable and tasty.

3.8
tekstr1der (490) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Pours dark, near black with quickly disappearing tan head leaving it naked on top. At least this allows the rich roasted aroma to come through in force. Flavor has some nice roast with hints of chocolate up front, and a very smooth mouthfeel, but is followed by a slightly astringent finish which detracts - it makes me take another sip, but for the wrong reason.

4
tfontana (976) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 22, 2015
Keg pour at NH Brewfest. Appearance is opaque black, small off-white head ring with mild lacing. Aroma is pleasant roasted malt with bit of liquor, coffee, cocoa. Taste is very sweet, almost too sweet, with a bit of cocoa and coffee as with aroma. Palate is light-to-medium bodied, average texture, finish is mostly sweet with slight bitter balance.

3.3
GIJOE (1205) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Pours black with a thin beige head that dissipates quickly leaving a ring of foam. Nose is boozy malts with notes of dark chocolate and licorice. A hint of vanilla. Taste is balanced: rich malts with a moderate hop bite. Medium body, lively carbonation. Decent brew.

3.5
MWMBeerguy (203) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 25, 2014
Wonderful coffee aroma with maybe some fig. Does not smell too roasty but nice and smooth. Smooth drinking beer. Lighter in body than some big stouts but it hides the alcohol well. Decent head retention. Nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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