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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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Ungstrup (37558) - 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.

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 2, 2005
(GABF05) Jet black body with beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, chocolate, some cherry. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, some roast, cherry. Full body, smooth, some alcohol, but not as much as the ABV suggests.

hopscotch (11078) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2007 Bottle(?)... RBSG2006... This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, well-tanned head. Nose is of chocolate, caramel and blackstrap molasses. Chocolaty, caramely flavor with burnt, bitter notes. Ultra full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Finishes chocolaty, burnt and lightly bitter. World class beer!

daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 11, 2010
Hand bottle from buckeyeboy! Thanks for this treat! Pours almost a black color with a tan head. Lots of molasses and roasted malt in the nose. Flavor is loaded with molasses, prunes, roast, alcohol and some dark toffee. A really good beer. Great actually.

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 07/15/2006
Mode: Growler
Source: Tasting, RBSG, 2006

black, short lived, thin fine brown head, sweet vanilla and chocolate aroma, very hot, roasted malt flavor but even that is obscured by the hot alcohol,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 4/10
Score: *4

jercraigs (10365) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2010
2010-07-01. Black body has only a smattering of a head. 3+ Flavour of dark malt with a sort of tangy overtone, good amount of bitterness. Aroma has vaguely smokey/pepperette like character, muted roast. 7+ Smooth average to medium bodied palate. 3+ Perhaps it just didn’t fare well side by side with the Mikkeller Black Hole, this was decent but I found it a bit odd. On tap at Seattle International Beer Festival

3fourths (9341) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2012 Sampled @ brewery, July 2004. Pitch black. Creamy tan head. thick and frothy up front, then a little sweet between a hefty dark chocolate presence with some smoked malts. Nose is strong roasted malts. Sweet in the end. Also a little fizzy, with a sweet chocolate malt finish... the only major complaint is the high carbonation, I would think that 11+ ABV would be less fizzy.

mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2010
[3067-20100702] Sample. Thick woody roast malt aroma. Dark brown black body with a medium-lasting foamy dark brown head. Toasty roast malt flavour has long sweet roast malt and coffee roast notes. Full body. Very nice.
(@ SIB 2010, Seattle, WA)

douglas88 (9175) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2010
So this beer was so special that Eric even rated it. Handbottle thanks to Jeremy- thanks Buckeyeboy. Pours a pure black color with a medium frothy brown head. The aroma was rich and fruity, huge roasted malts. The flavor was heavy and almost oily (awesome), sweet roasted malts, lots of dark fruit, prunes and sweeter fruit, hot and somehow very smooth. A very good Impy. In fact, very damn good.

Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2011
I’m savoring this brew as rating number 4,000.

I have wanted to try this for years and years now and this has been made possible by the uber generous Boise crew. Big thanks BuckeyeBoy (thanks Jeremy!) and of course my Dr. ditmier, as well as inflatablehair and JohnGalt1. The Boise crew is amazing.

It pours deep mahogany with fudge like hues, deep ruby edges and a nice mocha head. The aroma is bold with burnt toffee, thick, deep and rich dark fruity esters, fudge brownie and black strap molasses. I love the toffee - molasses biased in the nose. The taste is similar with burnt toffee, nice and rich dark fruity esters like prunes and berries to go along with a bit of a honey sensation. Into midway and rolling into the finish it picks up yummy chocolate and fudge. Awesome brew.

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