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RATINGS: 1645   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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A fine companion to end a meal or relax in front of the hearth with, this robust ale will cellar well for years. Brewed with ten varieties of malted barley this stout is extremely smooth, complex and rich in body. We recommend serving at cellar temperature. Sit back and enjoy its richness and complexity, you’re about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
culchiem (2427) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle. Deep black with a thin tan head. Aroma is roast molasses. Flavour is burnt sugar, coffee, toasted malt, vanilla. Long dry burnt coffee finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (3930) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle. Pitch black body, medium creamy off-white head. Nose is sweet licorice, chocolate, leather, mild brandy tones, hints of coffee and dark berries. Taste is licorice, leather, chocolate, coffee, hints of bitter herbs, burnt sugar, dark berries and muscovado sugars. Full, creamy body, soft to medium carbonation. Solid, classic American-style imperial stout from Founders.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ComradeK (989) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2014
355ml bottle. Pours an inky black, with a moderate tan head, which lasts well and leaves good lacing. Bittersweet dark chocolate, Turkish coffee and a nutty, savoury note make up the aroma. Herbal hops up front soon give way to rich, bittersweet dark chocolate, which is joined in the mid-palate by strong espresso. A nicely weighty finish offers meaty, saavoury flavours. A very nice imperial stout indeed.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maris (967) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2014
From a 355ml bottle on 23/7/2014. Pours pretty much black with a small brown head. Has quite a big aroma featuring chocolate, caramel, coffee, roasted malt, molasses, licorice, vanilla and a hint of dark fruit. The flavour is huge and extremely complex, featuring sweet milk chocolate, caramel, cherries, soy and red grapes. While definitely on the sweet side, it also features a massive roasty, dark chocolate bitterness which balances things out nicely. There’s a definite touch of booze in it, but it’s still quite easy to drink for something so big. The palate borders on syrupy and the carbonation is moderate. A very good impy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
avantdagare (133) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2014
4 finger brown head, black body. Nose: Prunes, dates, dark bitter chocolate, madeira, soy-sauce, ash, smoked notes and liquorice. Aroma: Dates, prunes, dark bitter chocolate, ash, grapefruit, resin, pine, coffee, soy-sauce, smoked notes, liquorice and espresso. Long, dry and bitter ending.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cool_Bond (1245) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - JUL 16, 2014
Light roasted malt aroma. The flavor of black malt, coffee, chocolate and soy. Bitterness in the aftertaste fills the mouth a long time. Not the powerhouse that I thought but really good nonetheless. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilsnerrogge (2465) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2014
Bottled:
Pours jet black with a large, brown head.
Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, brown sugar, smoke and coffee.
Rich and thick mouthfeel. The taste is roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar and ash leading to a warming alcohol finish.
A good example of the style.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jado (492) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - JUL 12, 2014
From 345 ml bottle. Pours a solid black (no highlights) with a soapy brown head that collapses to a cap. Aromas of black coffee, cocoa powder, roasted malt, anise, stewed fruit and raisins. Taste is soft fruit at fruit at first before a big coffee and roast bitterness that dominates the palate. Rich dark chocolate and coffee bean at the end before a fruity finish. Full, rich palate with a lingering sweet finish. Outstanding.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4227) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle. Black beer with a strong but soon disappearing head. The aroma is strongly bitter, roasted, and vinous. The flavour has plenty of coffee roasted bitterness and maltiness. Overall a nice beer with plenty of roastedness and coffee bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wvhoran (91) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle from Cool Wine. Pitch black with a mean brown head. The aroma makes itself known from a distance--molasses, roast malt, liquorice, chocolate. In the flavour, a sweet palate is dominated by molasses and roast malt, a cocoa-like bitter chocolate, there is also an impression of cinnamon. A thick, full body, bitter finish. Showstopper.


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