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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   EST. CALORIES: 381   ABV: 12.7%
Commemorative ale brewed in memory of Jay Johnson. IBU 100+

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1931) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 8, 2007
Growler compliments of Indiana_Red. Dark, dark color with a powerful growing flavor. You can definitely sense the alcohol in this beauty. Flavors of dark chocolate and prunes followed by some burnt notes and a little burn. The aroma is sweet and inviting. The aftertaste leaves a pleasant mild choco flavor on the tongue tempting you to go back for another sip. Thanks a bunch Indiana_Red for driving safely while tired to get this brew back to Boise!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckeyeBoy (7388) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 4, 2007
#400 O YA .ON TAP at BREWPUB. Pours out BLACK topped with a GREAT long lasting tan head. Awsome aroma of roast and sweetness. WOW this was so good. Everything I have heard about this one and more. RIP JAY

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (4422) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 29, 2007
On Tap at the Brewpub. Pitch black and viscous. Modest tan head and coarse sheeting lacing. Dark roasted malts in the aroma along with sweet pitted fruit and purple grapes. Thick oily palate and modest carvonation propels the malty sweetness over the toungue. Sweet daek roast flavors with remaekably little balancing bitterness. This its only drawback, minor as it may be. Finish is quick and soft. Only a slight bitter trailer. Glad to have finally had this one. Lives up to the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2007
Draught @ Brouwers Caf: Black as night, moderate light Brown head, frothy, spotty lacing.   Sweet roasted malt nose.   Slight hints of dark pitted fruit and chocolate, very subtle but noticeable.   Its definetely not a gagger (Daysha says so).   Slight alcohol but its manageable.   Smooth, very smooth.   More and more fig/date/prune emerges as it warms.   If this is 12.7%, you would never guess it.   Very full bodied.   Mouthfel is smooth, almost silky.   Clean finish, some hop bite on top of a huge bittersweet chocolate malt base.   Lingering dark pitted fruit.   Fantastic stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - FEB 19, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2007 Oily black pour, deep brown ringlets inside of a tightly compacted beige head. Sweet aroma of chocolate, toffee, cream, dark fruits and alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet as well, with very well rounded, expressive and balanced flavors of cherries and strawberries, chocolates, hefty malts and a whiplash of roastiness in the end. Palate is medium to full bodied, mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Finishes sweet, then mildly dry. This beer holds its own. Very delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (2434) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Draft at Brouwers.

Pour is black with a deep brown head. The sweet fruity aroma of currents and asian pear is almost a little surprising for an imperial stout, but the flavor comes straight through with chocolate and chewy toffee, dates, plum wine, hints hints of licorice. Its a very sweet beer with a sweet finish and warm mouthfeel - but its a very nice beer through and through, but for me it was on 90% of what it was hyped up to be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (36943) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2006
A black beer with an orange/brown head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of alchol, and lighter notes of roated malt. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of caramel and coffee as well as lighter notes of roasted malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (8023) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Draft at the Dog and Pony. This is great stuff, but its very clearly chosen one side of the aisle. Pours a deep opaque black with a relatively brief thick moussy tan head. Smells sweet and syrupy. Is sweet and syrupy. Tastes sweet and syrupy. Thick body, but not sticky or chewy. Syrupy, in fact. Licorice, chocolate, some toffee and molasses. Anise. A little phenol as it warms. Not very much a differentiated beer; its a celebration of the unconverted sugars in big stouts. A Russian Imperial Cordial, if you will. Tasty and fun to drink, but a pint was probably a bit much. Laura didnt seem to mind her mistake in pouring em that way, though, even when her boss showed up hours later and happened to mention that its best served in goblets. We didnt mind either. This is probably the Northwest Mephistopheles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2006
On tap at the Dog and Pony in Renton. Pours and opaque black with a brown head. Coffee and vanilla aroma. Full creamy body with light carbonation. Is there something more than full body? Sweet, almost syrupy taste with chocolate, vanilla, nuts, dark fruit and roasty malt. Pretty clean finish, given all thats going on in the taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2006
GABF 2006: Deep black color with a nice tan head. Big roasted aroma with notes of black licorice. The flavor was sweet and roasty with some nice chocolate notes. Medium to full bodied with warmth in the chest. Alcohol is hidden well as far as the taste goes.

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