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Dragonslayer - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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347 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 347
Hads: 493
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 72
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-22-2002

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Photo of sponberg
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I knew it was great on tap. And it's outstanding in bottle. But on cask... wow. Just... wow. Pours opaque, with a creamy brown head that leaves tell tale lace down the side of the glass. Aroma redolent of roasted malt, cocoa, toffee-alcohol, and maybe sone dried plums way in the back. Beautiful.

I can't improve on LBB's flavor profile description - it's all that. Go read what the Bum wrote then come back.

*patiently waits*

Now, I've never had a beer with such a silken yet chewy mouthfeel, combined with that delectable cask carbonation. It just doesn't get any better. Yet what kills me about the cask version is its ungodly drinkability. The alcohol remains almost undetectable. It goes down like it's an ESB. Seriously. Just look at your pint glass as you drink this. Look at the foam lines an inch or so apart from each of the quaffs. Then look at your empty glass and remember that it's 9+% ABV.

I don't give out all fives easily. This one... this one's all fives.

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Photo of tastybeer
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thick black with dark chocolate head. Smells packed full of fruit and burnt coffee, bitter chocolate, and intense malts. Taste is an explosion of thick intertwined tastes like the smell. Bittersweet finish but little sign of 9.2 ABV. Thick full and complex beer insanity, and very drinkable for an imperial stout. No complaints here.

Overwhelmingly + ridiculously satisfying.

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Photo of John
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh my...eh hem...judging just by the look and smell of this black nectar, I know it's going to be good. Yep I was right. Actually I cheated and sampled it before filling my growler...but would've guessed it anyway. And black nectar it is...opaque with a lovely dark head like the outside rim of an espresso macchiato. It leaves a nearly solid pattern of lace on the glass. The aroma is huge! Man, big, dark roasted malt, smokey peat, cafe espresso, and just enough alcohol to let you know this is a big ass beer. The taste is outstanding, delivering all the aroma elements times ten! As it warms it develops a bittersweet character with dark molasses hints as well as a suggestion of port wine. Finishes with a full mouthfeel and more bittersweet, roasted, smokey, malty goodness. I just came in the house from a bit of snow shoveling and can't think of any drink better to warm up with. Exceptional beer.

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Photo of MattBrooks
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber.

I have long been a fan of this style and I believe I have now found not only my favorite in this category; but perhaps one of my all-time favorite beers. I'll agree with some of the other posts, that for a beer of 9+% alc it does go down almost too easily, but that only make me like it more. Black in color, smoky and chocolatey on the nose, it has perfect balance and does not come on too bitter or too sweet. Very smooth on the finish. This is the ultimate beer for those seeking a warming libation in the cold weather.

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Photo of CBFanWish
4.9/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Middle Ages has always been a love hate brewery for most beer enthusiasts. For me, It has always been a very loving relationship. I first fell in love when I was introduced to the wonderful Wailing Wench.
Now, I have fallen even deeper in love with Syracuse, New York's finest brewery. This love comes in the form of an Imperial Stout by the name of Dragonslayer.
The pour is a deep black colour that can only be explained by the word pitch. Rising to the top is a thick, frothy tannish caramel coloured head that never wants to go away, and when it does, it leaves a spiderweb laced throughout the glass.
The aroma is full of as many scents as a brewer can pack into a stout. Coffee, chocolate, and cherries fill the air with what is to come next.
The taste mimicks the smell with even more fury. Deep dark chocolate, cherries, and espresso give my pallate a strong beating
I love this beer. It has a rich smoothness that is often not found in most imperial stouts (usually there is something to give a slight bite back). If it wasn't so much at once, I would have given this a perfect 5.

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Photo of nomad
4.89/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A black full glass crowned by a cafe au lait colored thin bubbly head, this was a modest looking stout with some messy lace. That's all.

Its smell comes in stages, successively: dark malt, chocolate cake, espresso, roasty malt, bitter chocolate, soapy hops, softly sweet herbal leaf scents. In sum, it smells of a nice roast and chocolate with espresso nips. Big, round, and lovely.

Taste is a wonderful mash of complex chocolate flavors: dark, sweet, and barely bitter. Lots of tasty nips of slightly milky espresso through the middle, as delicious mocha notes are occasional and a nascent roastiness lurks. The tangy hop finish is moderately long but low-lying, while warming alcohol hides after the swallow. A full body of flavours but, finally, an Imperial Stout without noxious hoppiness. Like its smell, big, round, and lovely. Not sweet, bitter, or mouth-pounding. Somewhere between all of the above, it deftly shifts through many of the great aspects of an Imperial Stout with a bare ripple from the Ringwood yeast.

I could not get enough of this full and rich stout in need of no aging, just begging for quaffing. Found it to be truly amazing and easily more than a step above Victory Storm King or Samuel Smith Imperial Stout.

NOTE: Two months later and I still can't forget this beer...

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Photo of Sycodrummer
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap from the Sunset grill and tap in Allston, Mass. Was presented to me in a 13oz. toulip glass. The beer was a very dark black with a thick one finger dark tan head. No signs of carbonation, and some spotty lace throughout the sample.

The smell was alcohol, chocolate, and slight coffee. Some fainter fig and raisin as well.

The taste was suprisingly chocolately upfront and this served to do an incredible job of masking the alcohol. The beer drinks as if it was half its ABV making it very smooth and easy to drink for an RIS. Little hop or bitterness at all. Just a slight hint of bitterness at the very end of each sip. Coffee flavors are subtle throughout each sip so too are darker fruits.

Medium to firm body with little carbonation. Not overly thick or syrupy and quite easy to drink.

This one was quite good. Its devilish Alc. character is so well masked that one could easily have several of these before realizing how strong they are. Flavors are balanced very well and the beer is so easy to drink. Now one of my favorite RIS.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stoked to see this on tap at JP O'Malley's pub in Allentown, PA.

Insanely dark black pour with an incredibley thick, rich head of mocha foam that just paints my pint glass with 1/4 inch thick sheets of sticky lace. Artwork in a glass.

Aroma is powerful, brimming with bittersweet dark toasted malts notes, very dark chocolate, freshly brewed espresso, anise, and hints of pine and floral hops.

Flavor reminds me of what good stout is all about. Sticky chocolate and dark toasty malts, scorched brown sugar, molasses, bittersweet dark chcolate covered raisins, creamy espresso latte', licorice, hints of dark fruit, and a hoppy finish of pine and citrus. Alcohol is well concealed.

Body is just huge, sticky, and thick with the creamiest texture I have encountered. So smooth and silky textured with soft carbonation. Served at the perfect temperature too, this place takes care of their babies! Bliss sold by the pint.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.87/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one awesome RIS, it pours a pitch black color with a creamy tanned head. The foam takes awhile to settle, as it does it leaves behind a nice amount of lacing.

The nose on this beer is just incredible. Lots of licorice notes along with molasses, sweet roasted/burnt malt and chocolate.

Tastes of roasted/burnt malt, chocolate, a well balanced hop bitterness, fruits ( almost like a red licorice), coffee and a good thick mouth feel. My favorite RIS to date I would recommend this to any fan of the style.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.87/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The pour created two fingers of mocha-brown head with excellent retention. The color was a deep, inky black allowing no light to penetrate. The nose was smoky with a bit of sweetness underlying the smoke. The mouthfeel was thick and chewy, reminiscent of fudge. There was lots of chocolate and smoke on the tongue, like dark chocolate in liquid form. The finish simply lingered with that chocolaty-smoky quality that I noted throughout. The sticky lacing that it produced will have to be jackhammered off. I would recommend this with a chocolate dessert or as a finish with a maduro cigar. Yum!

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Photo of Loki
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a Growler via sponberg. Thanks man!

Appearance: Huge, toffee colored head with a spongy surface. Body of shear, opaque blackness. Sticky, thick lacing.

Smell: Currant, black cherry, warm, brandy-esque alcohol. toffee, worchestersauce, aged leather, chocolate malt, espresso.

Taste: Bitter espresso, roasted malt, smooth semi-sweet chocolate. Hop bitterness, caramel and toffee undertones with hints of oak, smoke, and some vanilla notes that float in and out. Wonderfully full of flavors and

Mouthfeel: Wonderffully smooth and cream at first. Coffee and hop bitterness. Finishes a little too dry for my tastes, kind of like an Irish Stout, but not quite.

Drinkability: For me, all the time, except for the dryness.

Thanks sponberg and Middle Ages for this great Beast.

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Photo of Douglas14
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours very black, pretty much as black as it can get. Awesome head - dark tan, thick and leaves extraordinary lacing. The smell is heavily of coffee, dark chocolate, something else also that I can't figure out. It tastes absolutely amazing...burnt coffee and bitter chocolate. Surprisingly, there is little alcohol burn, if any, that is noticeable (especially for a Russian imperial stout). The after taste is one of the best I have ever experienced...every flavor comes out even more and it comes on stronger, which is amazing and I wish all beers had this great quality. I am very happy I found this beer as it is now up towards the top of my list...I highly recommend this to everyone, especially fans of Russian Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of orfeu
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Allright! I have been waiting for the bottling of this beast for months! Let's hope it lives up to the hype...
Poured into an imperial pint glass, this one is pitch black, with a full, smooth, bubbly head the color of coffee with milk.
It smells initially hoppy and doughy, with that familiar Ringwood yeast in the background.
The taste is terribly smooth for such a formidable style, with chocolate and hops, yeast round the back and a kick ass dark roasted coffee aftertaste. Diacetyl from that Yorkshire yeast Middle Ages loves so much. Alcohol warms up ever so sneakily in the belly.The head dissipates over a few minutes, with minimal to moderate lacing. Halfway through the glass only a thin cap of the head remains.
The mouthfeel is thinner than I expected, but chewy and full nonetheless. The alcohol leaves its trace with a slight numbing effect on my gums and tongue.
As far as drinkability is concerned, I wouldn't have trouble polishing off a couple bombers of this stuff on a cold evening. In any case, Dragonslayer is impressive. Certainly deserving of it's covetedness/reputation.

Notes: I'd like to have tried this on tap, in its unfiltered state for more of a full-bodied drinking experience. This smells samey for Middle Ages (gotta be the Ringwood). But this is definitely one to seek out. Highly recommended!

[update, June 2006: Either my senses have improved, or subsequent batches of Dragonslayer have thickened up in mouthfeel and become more roasty and chocolatey in fragrance, but whatever the case, this is certainly one of the finest examples of the style I've yet encountered. Since consuming a second bottle of this, my cellar is almost never without a bottle or two of Dragonslayer.]

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Ubiquitous 22 ounce Bomber sealed with a brass colored crown cap that has black “Middle Ages” text on it. Attractive label looks completely different to that one shown in the BA Database. The bottle label shows a silhouette of a flying dragon set against a yellow Moon which in turn is set against a black night sky. Listed as “Dragonslayer Imperial Stout” and “9.5% ABV” slightly higher than the current 9.2% strength listed on BA I note. No freshness date but I do know that this is a fresh bottling.

Appearance: Jet black on the pour, it appears to gloop like a liquid tar poured from a hose. A viscous heavy pour is slow at and so is the emergence of the head, but the feisty brown head soon appears out of the blackness. Backlit it exhibits a nice mahogany translucent body. The thick dark brown head soon builds into a cap covering; the carbon dioxide is finely dissolved and produces a silky soft conditioning cloud when gently swirled. Looks great.

Nose: Vinous, which I don’t recall from the Tap version, but I like it. Crushed coffee beans, dark chocolate, raisins and plum brandy pie with raisins. Rich dark chocolate tends to dominate but there is a nice hoppy aspect to this one too.

Taste: Gorgeously smooth with a beautifully crafted set of ingredient flavors that interact to sheer perfection. Dark chocolate, raisins, ground coffee beans, roasted malts and a very nice hoppy ending. The finish builds in strength and reveals some mild Vanilla and espresso coffee as it warms. The finish has a lovely hop laden twist too. This Imperial Stout is just soo good, nothing is out of place and it is impossible to critique.

Mouthfeel: Lots of thick textures and rich oily flavors, almost perfect with a silky lay down. The flavors previously listed all settle into a deep caramel base which adds a chewy aspect. Sinfully good.

Drinkability: I had a hard time not awarding a 5 here, I thought about reasons to a put 4.5, you know not to make it look perfect, but I struggled, the more I drink this, the easier it slipped down and the harder it became for me not to put a 5.0 here.

Overall: I managed to sample this famous libation at the Which Brew in Easton recently fresh from the Tap and was utterly marvelous from the Tap. Doesn’t seem quite as complex from the bottle, but it is just as great in different ways, let this one breathe a little to get the best from it. Thanks to erica for this bottle!!!

The legendary Dragonslayer, it really is that good.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap @ Clark's Ale House in Syracuse, NY (like five blocks from the brewery) Only 1 day after the 2004 batch was unveiled!

This is a stunning looking brew! Into-the-void opaque black with bison blood coloured highlights and a deep, espresso coloured head that looks like an entrance into a mythical black hole. Yes, this shit looks awesome in an imperial pint glass!

The aromas are awesome as well. Chocolate, espresso, dark/deep roasted malts, caramel, milk, burnt fruit (currants), a unique juicy green hop aroma, dark fruits, and more. More, more, more!

The taste is absolutely exceptional as well. As this stuff hits your lips the first thing that you taste is deep/dark roasted malts and all the flavor notes that are associated with them. hints of smoke, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, chocolate, espresso, and more. The middle is sweet, and almost reminiscent of chocolate milk, or a caramel-infused coffee beverage. The finish is roasted, slick, slightly oily, and hoppy, with some raw, leafy, green hop flavors showing up as well.

The mouthfeel is perfection. Thick, and slightly oily. This stuff is so viscous, it is definately one of the thickest beers on the market!

Drinkability is awesome, but since this beer is so thick, rich, and decadent I can only give it a 4.5/5. The distinctive ringwood yeast strikes again here. Delivering an amazing and intense flavor profile that whilst fruity, buttery,and English for the style, is never too much.

Yes, this stuff is legit. It was worth the day-trip to bring back over a gallon of this stuff. Only 64 ounces are left, OH-NO! I'm very happy that the brewery will be bottling a batch of this in January or February! Yahoo!

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bottle, no date info

Pours velvety smooth and the head builds itself slowly as if girding for battle. Thick and dense latte colored foam of fine and medium bubbles. Takes ages to settle, leaving thick sheets of lacing down the length of the glass as it does. Dark as the night of a new moon. There is a burnt espresso and alcohol note dominating the smell. Smoke and cream. Rich malt, roasted and burnt upfront, sweet in the middle with the bitterness of the hops jousting with the roasted malt for dominance in the finish. The malt wins and there is some smokiness left in the corners. The sugar cane sweetness rises to the surface as it warms, lending a vinous and rich component. Full bodied, rich and oily, fine prickly carbonation. This was eminently enjoyable and a wonderful rendition. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, served in a pint glass.

A - deep dark black color with a big fluffy tan head that lasted the entire glass and left a coating of lace.

S - roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate.

T - wonderful sweet malty/chocolatety flavor with a nice touch of bittering hop at the finish... fantastic flavor!

M - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - good drinkability, 9.5% abv that isn't noticable in the taste, is definitely noticable in the buzz factor, but that's not a bad thing if you're just chillin' at home.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From outta left field comes the Dragonslayer! I got this in an extra from a trade and... THANKS! This brew is awesome. I was not only taken back by how good it was but how it is a top Imperial Stout for me now.

This beer falls a deep, deep black. When I played with the beer by swirling it around in the glass and such, no light came through. Really amazing, there are only a few beers that get my respect for how dark and menacing they are, and this is one of them. The head came to a two finger foamy beige head. It disappeared pretty fast, but left a thick layer of 'fog' over the brew. It does leave some lacing, some big fat thick patches of lacing.

The smell is great. I have said this in other reviews, especially the Abyss, I love RIS that are complex. This brew is really complex. It has so many characteristics to it that it makes me happy in my pants. It smells like cocoa, which is the first smell that I got off of it. It also smells like alcohol, smells like bitter hops, smells like burnt sugar, and smells like coffee!

The taste is stunning. I don't know why I thought this brew was so great, it just all around knocked me on my ass on how great it is. The taste is complex. First I got coffee, then I got chocolate, but the mouthfeel is that of a great Double IPA. I can also taste the liquor, which is the last taste it gives you before it slips down my throat. Warms my tummy with greatness. I also get a hint of bourbon, I don't know how this was brewed, but it was brewed right.

Everything about this beer is good. The mouthfeel is fun, it dances on the tongue, really goes down smooth. The drinkability is great because it tastes great. Overall blown away from how good this RIS is. I would deff. buy this again, no doubt.


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Photo of sulldaddy
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first brew at the recent cask fest in New Haven. What a way to start!
The brew was poured into my sample glass and it is pitch black. No light getting through at all. There is a brown, soft, foamy head across the top of the brew.
Aroma is roasty coffee, chocolate dominated.
FIrst sip reveals an incredibly thick brew! The beer is very rich and malty, coffee and chocolate flavors from the start with a mild sweetness as well. The finish is very crisp and hoppy. This was one of the best brews I tasted at the fest, cant wait to try it again sometime!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a pitch black hole of English style impy stout glory, large tan head forms thick and I swirl this brewery's unique yeast around as I edge near the bottom of my bomber. Lacing sticks to my chalice in large chunky patterns with each sip from my chalice.

Aromatics serve up deep roasted malt notes coming off like dark nearly burnt roasted coffee beans and dark bitter chocolate with no artificial sweeteners. Actually the nose serves up some finesse with mild fruit layers rising up with sweet creamy notes as well as the beer warms up. Great smell characteristic Middle Ages yeast notes work well with this concoction, touch of butterscotch character coming through as well.

Flavors collide rich strong coffee espresso notes with fruity edges surrounding dark blasts of dry baker's chocolate. Herbal and mint like leafy earthy hops make their presence known, and again characteristic Middle Ages yeast comes to the party in a good way in this offering. A well balanced Imperial stout that makes all of it's components work together, I can see why this beer has been well received on BA since I've been around. Alcohol blends so well it never becomes a burden on the palate and a healthy mix of dark roasts and hops add to the bitterness making this one kickass impy stout.

Mouthfeel is full bodied coats my palate evenly with luscious malts and mild hop oils. Carbonation delivers with effortless smoothness the sides of the palate are awoken and the back of my tongue is hit with hop bitterness...what a nice mix, very smooth and cohesive for such a big beer.

Drinking wise I could fall in love with this beer on cask just like so many of the other Middle Ages brews that I hear good things about in that format. A bomber was easy to consume without a doubt one of the better imperial stouts of my recent memory. If the opportunity arises get a taste of this limited release out of Syracuse.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Say! Bam! Wow, Thank you KMWeaver. This was an outstanding treat. Poured from a bomber to a pint glass, This brew looks outstanding, The liquid is all dark brown to black and the head is dark chocolate brown, about 2 fingers and good lace.

The smell is sweet very dark roasted malt but not burnt.

The taste is great, A true chocolate bomb, I love this brew.

The mouthfeel is smooth and deliciously creamy, Did I say I love this beer?

The drinkability is very high, I got to get some of these into the celler. Prosit und Zum Wohl! To the great KMWeaver. MK

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Photo of wedge
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet Black. Thick, creamy tan head leaves a nice sticky lacing behind. Smells of roasted malts and dark fruits - complex and rich. The flavor is fantastic - big roasted malts, burnt chocolate and fruit notes, some light hoppiness, dry espresso-like bitterness in the end. Alcohol is well hidden. Thick, robust mouthfeel...very smooth and so damn rich and tasty its quite easy to drink. I could consume these until I fall over.

This is a great stout...complex and satisfying. I will be getting this again in the upcoming winter months. Impressive offering from Middle Ages.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky, opaque, deep inky black color...slim cocoa-tan head...very nice look, just what we want for this style of beer.

Aroma is rich and chocolatey, loads of espresso, some maple, anise, lots of dark, rich, pleasing flavors, mmmm, ...motor oil! Yum...Slick, and delicious.

On the tongue, it's that and more. Big, thick, tasty, profound, immense, characoal meets cocoa, with a kick of bourbon. Some bitterness, but not too much, and a boatload of malt, but never too sweet. This is a delectable mixture, and an excellent imperial stout, an easy match for the better versions of the style, of which I am so fond.
Lightly fruity, some deep cherries, darkly delightful. A pleasure for the senses. Invigorating, too. I'm ready to take on some kind of a monstrous reptile with my trusty sword, snicker-snack, and away goes the Jabberwock.
Cherries rise up again in the flavor, yums, nice fruit, and chocolate and coffee and whiskey roars in at the end and stay as the dominant flavors.
Nice one, here, nice one.

So glad to finally try it, and my thanks go out to DarkertheBetter!

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Photo of mattp
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rich and hearty with chocolate and coffee undertones flittering about. The color of the darkest night of the year. Thick, rich, lasting head. Nice blend of the hops with the other flavors.

Purchased at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse. The stuff one could live on.

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Photo of waldowin
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured an inky black, capped by a dark brown thick head, which sticks around for ages, with excellent lacing.

Smells of cherries, bananas, and coffee.

Tastes heavily of bananas and cherries, with a finish of espresso and a hint of roast. Gorgeous!

Mouthfeel is big, chewy, rolling. Carbonation is spot-on, and your mouth is left with coffee.

The espresso finish and high ABV make this a bit of a stiff drinker, but it's very, very tasty.

Many thanks to IrishRedRock for this one! Wish I could get this stuff locally, it's a very good substitute for Stone's RIS.

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Dragonslayer from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
90 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.