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Review by tangfoot on 01/04/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 2008
Originally reviewed 1-6-2007.

Incidentals: Batch 6811, bottled April 26, 2005. Bought today, I hope it has aged well.

Appearance: VBlack black with deep tan head that is extremely thin, but has retained well.

Smell: Has the "imperial" smell of high alcohol and also some hints of chocolate

Taste: I taste a bit of the age in it, and I'm of the mind that it would be exceptional if it were fresh. It has a very strong flavor, and is growing on my as I drink it.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with a strong imperial feel that sticks to the tongue.

Drinkability: This is an extremely approachable Imperial Stout. After only a few sips I can feel the effects of the alcohol, but it is much less mediciny than many other Imperials.

5+ year-old bottle.

Pours out thick and black. Decent one-finger head that dissipated down to a very fine, thin film and ring around the top.

Strong alcohol, stong raisin and dates, with some malt sweetness and chocolatey goodness.

Very strong Imperial Stout flavor hits me strong. This bottle is old and doesn't feel like it has mellowed at all, the alcohol is still very prominent. Behind it, the first impression is well-oiled leather, earthy fruits (figs, etc.), and then some finishing sweetness.

Thick, oily, and leaves a strong coating on the entire mouth. Bitterness lingers on the front and sides of the tongue.

Un-effing-believable, that's what this is. A masterpiece of aged wonderment.

Served In: Pint Glass