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RATINGS: 1315   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
Creamy and full-bodied, with a complex character from generous amounts of roasted, toasted, and caramel malts. For those who demand flavor, this is the perfect libation. Bronze Medal winner 2003 GABF, Gold Medal winner 2005 GABF.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2005 12 oz. bottle. Picked up a case of this beer purely based on the ratings on ratebeer. In Corsendonk tulip glass, this beer pours a dark black, espresso-oily liquid with very little dark caramel colored head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of rich unbrewed coffee beans, toffee, touch of caramel, burnt caramel. Flavor is the same, and ends perfectly dry. Mouthfeel is not initially tingly, but oily, velvety, tingly briefly in the back of the throat, but quite nice and easy to drink. This beer leaves a thin film in the glass giving it a dark yellow/ dark brown tint in the bottom half previously occupied by the brew. Impressive. Sampled at 68 degrees Fahrenheit, room temp.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (5111) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 1, 2005
(12oz bottle) This pours a medium foamy brown head upon an opaque body. Nose of semi-sweet chocolate, molasses, coffee grounds and a shot of bourbon. The flavour is well-rounded with a very creamy cocoa powder tone piercing a sea of roasted caramel and bubblegum. Alcohol-notes finish this multi-dimensional adventure. Thanks to MartinT for helping me knock this beer off my wishlist!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Opaque black with a dark brown fizzy head that dissapates quickly. Cocoa, roast malt, and currant aromatics. Heavy roast malt flavors, notes of cocoa early on, with a slight peatiness near the end. Finish is a slightly astringent coffee-like bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, very smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Pours a nice thick black with a slight sangria-tinted head that appears to be ready to fade quickly, but it stays on. Aroma is a nice mix of smoke and a stiff red wine, heavy on the wine. Flavor is a rush of smoke, oak cask, roasted malt and chocolate. A wonderfully full and complex beer that deserves a try. Thanks to footbalm for sending this one my way!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Finally I get to try this "legendary" beer. "Thick as motor oil," as so many are fond of saying; absolutely opaque black; small, brown head; light lacing. Aroma is less mind-blowing than I expected; chocolate, roasted malt, with light vanilla and caramel; light fruitiness. Flavor is far more appealing: Fairly roasty but not overly so; vanilla, caramel, and chocolate; some licorice; finishes vanilla and roasty and buttery; wonderful alcohol warmth. Awarding a perfect score for palate but Im not sure its completely appropriate; thick and chewy but somehow not quite full enough. This is an excellent beer; I dont think its a "Perfect 5" as several others have rated it, but its very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Poured a deep black with a light creamy caramel head that dissipated rather quickly. Aroma consisted of a wonderful blend of malty goodness (some dark chocolate, coffee, and caramel were noted). Roasted malts dominated the flavor, and the beer coated the mouth well. Left the lips a little sticky :) Very thick malt backbone with little noticable hop presence (so much else going on). Finish carried through the dark chocolate and was complemented with some espresso. Wonderfully crafted, and I am excited that its 5 friends are lying in wait!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
allfreej (556) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 25, 2005
A fine Imperial Stout. Nice, dark tan head, very malty nose, and a wonderful, sweet, roasty flavor. The price was right as well, and it was nice to see a Russian Imperial in a six-pack rather than a four!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2005
purchased at state line liqours, elkton md. glad to see it made mid-atlantic distribution. black in color, dark tan foamy head. deep roasted malt aroma - almost smoky! sweet roasted malt and caramel flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2005
UPDATED: APR 9, 2006 12oz. bottle thanks to Mullman. Deep, dark black color with a small light brown head. Big roasted malt aroma with a bit of tartness in the background. Flavor was dark roasted malt, followed by dark chocolate and again a touch of tartness. Slightly bitter hop finish with a light buttery aftertaste. Very good impy stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 24, 2005
Cool bottle label. Pours a darkest of dark color with a tall, dark head that has great retention and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Aroma was very strong with chocolate and expresso. Nice. The flavor was thick and strong with chocolate and coffee. Great flavor! The body is extra thick, as it should be. The drinkability is wonderful for something 9%abv. Wonderful brew.

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