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RATINGS: 1318   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Pours deep dark colors, very heavy black with fuby rred colors throughout and a creamy brown head. The aroma is quite somkey, roasted, and has a sweet malty bread character. Full smokey roast flavor, light coffee and bready malt hit first and sit in the throat where more smokey feel hangs out. Some chocolate flavors are part of a very full creamy feel. There is a nice bitterness that provides good balance but is not powerful enough to make the field even, which is good because the malt of this beer is its strength. Decent stout, but I dont think its as strong as some rate it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
liquidcrack (45) - Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2005
bottle. poured nice and dark. slight head. great roasted aroma of coffee and chocolate. full-bodied tast fills the mouth. a welcomed slight after taste. great stout, no let down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 22, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2006 thanks to the growler for hooking this up!!!poured blacker than black with a tiny chocolate head.aroma is a blend of chocolate,coffee,smoke,and roasted malts.very well balanced i must say.the flavor and mouthfeel are bolth very pleasing and complex.i captured smoke,roasted malts,chocolate,coffee,and a bit of a bitter hop finish.plus the alcohol is maked very well.this is another brew that changes over 10 seconds or so.again,very complex.overall this is well balanced,complex,and smooth.good stuff!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2005
Nice, think pour. Black as night. Little tan speckles sit on the top, but theres not much of a head. Smells hoppy - I think 58 IBUs are in this mother. Also smells of dark chocolate malts and of molasses. Taste is fantastic. Full-bodied: one sip creates a rich, nutty and toasted chocolate warmth that circulates throughout the mouth. Coffee-like bitterness, almost like sipping the bottom of a batch of espresso thats been cooling on the countertop all day long. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (5058) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2007 Original rating 3/19/05: Black color with no head. Good aroma of barley, but a very plain taste of the same. What the heck is going on? No chocolate, no coffee, no nothing. Please be a bad bottle... 6/3/6/3/13 Re-rate; Cellar Reduction Night, Oct 20, 2007. Black color with no head. Slight coffee aroma. Grainy taste and a slightly burnt malt finish. You know, Im not going to change my rating of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtw (1163) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2006 bottle thanks to hopscotch. complex aroma. reminds me of a. le coque imperial stout with a distinct smoky oaky sourness. not quite offensive but somewhat intriguing - aside from the smoke, not exactly what i look for in an imperial stout. a good amount of chocolate malt offsets the sourness. extreme roast and chocolate dominate, but its quite smooth despite the sourness that the aroma might have indicated. almost as if vaporizable acid had been added to it because the aroma belies the palate. nice and thick; excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Bottle, made sometime after GABF 2003: Black with a brown head, like the brownest that Ive ever seen. Deep rich chocolate aroma, without much roasted character. Light carbonation, oily texture, full bodied, starts and ends lightly sweet, and ends dry. Chocolate lingers in the mouth and I bet this beer would taste good on ice cream.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Oily black body, minimal ring head. Thick dry and earthy roasted malt, chocolate, raspberry aroma. Roasted malt flavor with fruit background, a woody alcohol component, black cherry, and vanilla in flavor. Charcoal / burnt wood finish. Good stuff, better as it warms. Was slightly disappointed, not to say its not good, but there are better in this style. Maybe I just had trouble finding the complexity.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
miahmiah00 (1) - USA - MAR 12, 2005 does not count
absolutely amazing stout beer... truely what beer should taste like.. loved every last drop of it.. just wish i had more on campus :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2005
This is a great Imperial Stout. Toasted malt, coffee, and licorice flavors, Finishes smooth, thick, and chewy. Went down dangerously quick too bad I only have one. Thanks Dave for this one.

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