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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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It should be indisputable evidence when a smoking gun is right in front of You. Maybe You can even smell the burning, toasty nose, see the easily recognizable head and taste the gun powdery finish. This is not the case.

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - NOV 13, 2012
11.2 oz. bottle served in a snifter. Poured a deep brown with a thin tan head. Lightly smokey aroma with some chocolate. Bottle conditioned. Light smoke in the flavor as well. Not a lot of roasted barley. Medium to full bodied. Dry finish with some black patent. Decent.


3.6
Grima (2394) - Merzkirchen, RLP, GERMANY - FEB 6, 2017
Bottle from Bierkompass!
Pours deep black with a thick off-white head. Roasted malts and a delicious smoke note in aroma and taste. Finish is alcoholic warming, slight smokey.

3.5
skortila (5850) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2016
Bottled. Old note. The aroma has caramel, molasses,liquorice, bit raisin. Dark brown, almost black coloured beer with a thin, beige head. The taste is light bitter, more sweet, has caramel, dried fruit, liquorice. More like a quad than an IS. Not bad though.

3.7
dmctaster (90) - Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2016
Brown with a tan head. Aroma is red grapes, and slight plum similiar to wine. Taste is smoke and alcohol stong ar 10%. Not bitter. Reminds me of a dark English barleywine.

3.5
Acid303 (674) - Barcelona, CATALONIA, - OCT 25, 2015
2 33cl bottles, Shared with friends. Served in Tulip. Pours deep dark borwn, almost black, with tan head. Both aroma and tastes are smoke, yeast, roasted malts and red grape. Substantial sweetness on the palate, balanced by the smoke and the dark malts. Even if smoky, still is so curious how similar to wine this brew is. Medium body, good carbonation. Not bad, not my sttyle of Imperial Stout though.

3.7
tricksta_p (4635) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2015
Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, smoke, ripe dark fruits, coffee, brown sugar, hint of liquorice. Flavour is medium sweet with a light bitter finish. A little boozy. Body is only medium. Pretty good, however more like a smoked Belgian Quad than an Impie Stout.

4
Alengrin (5334) - BELGIUM - APR 26, 2015
American beer brewed in Belgium, there should be more like this... Pitch black robe under a creamy, thick, dense, lacing, light beige head. Attractive aroma of espresso beans but subtly so, fondant and a hint of the chocolate sauce odour I love so much in the best impies but again in a subtle way; further hints of banana, leather, bayleaf, smoked halibut, tar, soy sauce, cigarette tobacco, peated whisky, smoked paprika, salmiac, fresh paint, blue grapes and dried plums. ’Belgian’ yeasty fruity esters in onset, peach, lots of banana especially after warming up, sour berries and red apple, rounded and inviting but not the dense candied sweetness I’d expect from an imperial stout - if I’d have to taste this blind, I would describe this as the opening scene of a Belgian quadrupel. Medium carbo, sourish accent for balance, full and rich malt profile, resinous, nutty, caramelly and lightly chocolatey, smoked accent coming through more clearly in the finish where it is assisted by a subtly coffee-like roasted bitterishness, gentle though, spicy hops peeping through as well as warming, yet gentle, whisky-like alcohol; a cloying resin effect stays for a long time as well. In all: very pleasant and inviting beer, a bit off the beaten track perhaps, but balancing its roasted, smokey and fruity flavours very well. Different from what I expected considering its classification here as an imperial stout, a lot more ’Belgian’ and even abt-like in some respects, but by all means a very good beer with satisfying complexity and a long flavour development. I will therefore not consider its lack of ’truth to style’ a big issue here.

3.6
Beerdedone (3401) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a creamy lacy tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, chocolate and light smoke. Flavor was sweet with chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, smoke and had some notes of toffee.

2.8
Hanuta06 (469) - Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Serving: from bottle--purchased at Full Throttle Bottles. Aroma: light peach. Appearance: small, frothy, light-brown head with no lacing and fully diminishing longevity. Clear, cola-brown body. Taste: moderately sweet, over-ripe fruit initial flavor and finish with average duration. Palate: medium bodied with oily texture and lively carbonation. Overall: nothing special.

3.5
suprchunk (2994) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Almost black pour. Big khaki head. Lacing. Malty aroma with a slight oud bruin aroma of acetic goodness. Taste is tart and malty.

3.7
bhensonb (15188) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma has smoke. Full bodied. Flavor is smoke, dark malt, and something suggesting burnt powder. Fairly dry. Different.


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