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Review by Naproxen on 12/26/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 5 8 2009
Bottle # 37/92, batch 80, split with BeerTruth on this rainy evening-after-christmas.

This beer pours like a decadent dessert being served in a high class restaurant. The body itself is as dark as espresso beans, but it is the head that is most enticing (that's what she said). The head is a good two fingers thick and creamy (....teehee.), resembling the top of a dark hot chocolate that let the whipped cream dissolve into itself. What remains after about 3 minutes of me staring and drooling is a prominent creamy chocolate film and a bit of residual lacing along the sides of my tulip.

Oh man, this smells amazing. I feel like I am standing at the counter of Munson's Chocolates (it's a CT thing) inhaling the scents of chocolate truffles all around me. Dark chocolate nibs and french roast coffee beans are the dominant right now, with creamy caramel and maple sugar rounding it out. As it inches closer to room temp the maple really starts to stand out even more, along with a hint of the alcohol.

Really smokey, more than I expected from the aroma. I almost feel the nose has more complexity than the taste. The bitterness of the roasted malts remain in the back of the throat, reminding you this is not some small time stout just playin around. The maple syrup is not as predominant as I hoped for in this Imperial Stout, however the presence of it does not go unappreciated.

What a smoooth operator this one is. 10% alcohol...where are you hiding? It is really smooth and creamy going down before the bitter finish. This bottle is just about finished, I feel great, absolutely worth seeking this out!

Served In: Tulip