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Review by seaoflament on 04/09/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 11 19 5 9 2008
First, thanks to Tim (metallitone1) for getting me a bottle of this beer. If I remember correctly, the story of this beer is that there was some left over and “forgotten” for about 2 years and was recently re-discovered and bottled for sale. A quick label was slapped on a 750ml bottle which states: “Witch Doctor has been aged for over two years and is a thick, heavy beer, with flavors of chocolate, caramel, and roasted barley. It finishes with a smooth velvety texture and slight alcohol warmth.”

Wow, a very dark liquid pours out of the bottle and produces a nice inch of mocha colored foam. The head lasts for almost a minute and then settles to a thin ring.

As soon as I poured I got a whiff of dark fruits and chocolate and as I put my nose to the beer I get a heavy roasted malt aroma with cocoa and more dark fruits. There is a presence of alcohol that wraps around the roasted malt and dark fruits and comes through mostly in the finish of the bouquet. There is a sweet molasses aroma coming through as well as some milk chocolate and some vanilla and oak. Some yeasty aromas are also present but mostly it’s just strong with chocolate, dates, raisins, and alcohol. After a while I begin to detect some subtle notes of chocolate covered cherries; slight lactic sourness as well. Bitter roasted barley in the finish too. Near the end of the beer it develops more vanilla, oak and maple syrup :drooling:

Wow, taste is sublime! Lots of milk chocolate and dark fruits, caramel, some roasted coffee, and roasted barley in the finish tied with some cocoa…wow. From the first sip I can tell this beer aged nicely. The flavors have really blended well. Oh, as it warms up the chocolate starts to develop more and begins to taste like a chocolate milk shake with rum soaked raisins (I recently had some rice pudding with rum soaked raisins so the flavor came back to me). There’s some alcohol in the finish but in no way does it come through as “hot.”

The mouth-feel is just as incredible, really soft and creamy. No flavor seems to dominate another in the initial taste; it is just a great example of complexity and balance. Most of the flavors seem to come in the finish: light chocolate, raisins, dates, cherries, and oak.

For a 9% Imperial Stout this one drinks superbly. It is hefty and slightly thick but so tasty. Gets a little dry after a pint.

One of the best Imperial Stouts I have had in a while.

Served In: Pint Glass

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