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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2004
Aroma: chocolate, smoke, cherries, some cream, burnt malts
Appearance: dark brown-->black, tan head, lacing
Flavor: chocolate, cream, sweet cherries/strawberries, smokiness, roasted malts
Palate: smooth but almost too carbonated, smokey cream chocolate finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - OCT 16, 2004
10/1/04. On draft at GABF 04 in Denver, CO 10/1/04. Extremely dark coffee brown, almost black, with a dark tan head. Nearly perfect appearance on an imperial stout-- even the head is dark as hell-- but it could be a bit more opaque. Lovely rich aroma with a nice balance of sweetly decadent dark chocolate notes and dark roasty toasty coffee. Could be a little bit stronger, but its damn good anyway. Mostly dark chocolate and some good roast on the flavor, but I could use a little more punch. Its not the alcohol punch I want-- I love that this stuff is masked very, very well; its the punch of incredible unfolding richness that this beer sort of lacks. Its nicely complex with some molasses, dark chocolate-covered cherries (without any cherry fruitiness) and the aforementioned chocolate and roasted malts. Very lovely mouthfeel with fluffy carbonation and a full body. It also has nice balance and tremendous drinkability for what it is, but it could use a little more ass-kickness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2004
Clear but dark brown verging on black with some red traces around the rim, nice light tan foam; Aroma of hay and chocolate covered cherries. Slightly tart but smooth and malty, with subdued roastiness and cofee flavors, predominantly rich and malty with just the right amount of dark malt acidity....very effin' good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2007
From a growler: Pours black with a 1 finger tan head. Aromas of chocolate and malt with lots of bourbon like spice. Flavor is malty and roasty, all the usual chocolate and coffee notes, creamy, slight bitterness, spicy hpps or bourbon i dont know. Oaky vanilla flavors. Rich and fullof flavor but not over the top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fcjack1 (270) - Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2014
On tap at the Red Hot. Black, thin tan head. Scent is dark chocolate. Taste is pretty hoppy. A little cherry. Tasty beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
imrichbeeeatch (16) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 Must be a new batch because the chalk board at the pub said 12.7% ABV. Huge creamy, espresso-like head on top of a opaque black beer. I thought it was a little cold, and might have hindered the aroma, however, it was still nice. Sweet malt, huge roast, alcohol, slightly smokey, righ coco, and a slight hint of dark fruit (plums or dark cherries). First sip is slightly alcoholic, then quickly turns sweet and malty. Rich roast character of coffee and chocolate. I thought it could use more of this character, but as it warmed it came out a little more. Also, as it warmed, the alcohol seemed to go away. The body was perfect. Ive had a few Imp. Stouts and they almost always feel too heavy, like syrup. This was perfect, present but respectable. Beautiful beer, but if it is new (which I think it is) it needs a little age. Will be back to taste this next time they put it on.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bluefish42 (2) - - MAR 18, 2014 does not count
The first beer I?m rating on here. Not an expert on beer terminology yet but this was just fantastic in every way. Definitely a sipper; took me some time. Then I had to enjoy another. Good luck finding this treasure. For me it was at Roscoes in Portland about a week or two ago. Keep thinking about it.

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