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4 min ago

“500ml bottle enjoyed @ home, thanks to Jdizzle1! Pours hazy deep orange with a fizzy quick fading off-white head. Aroma is peaches, funky, sweet, oak, some vinegar and quite like the candy "Haribo Peaches". Flavour is medium sweet, light bitter and a medium acidic. Medium bodied, fizzy carbonation. Finish is slightly dry, acidic, light funk and a lot of peaches.” -- by Zakoon
See all 88 reviews
avg score: 4.04

3 hours ago

“Bottle at home. Dark, roasted, subtle and complex. Great stuff! Spices, syrup, espresso, dark chocolate. Sweet with bitter edge. Backlog from 2014/03/08.” -- by sjogro
See all 928 reviews
avg score: 4.07

4 hours ago

“Opaque black with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits, wood, vanilla, bourbony alcohol. Taste of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, charred wood, some vanilla, light alcohol in the finish.” -- by egajdzis
See all 217 reviews
avg score: 4.09

9 hours ago

“Pours a pitch black color, with a small, dark brown head, soon reduced to a small ring of bubbly lacing. Smells of fudge coated, roasted malts, also containing ground coffee leftovers. Matured, grassy hops create a bitter-chocolate impression, finding its sweet counterpart in molasses and a whiff of rock sugar. Exhibits a very vivid, diversified nose, not solely on the sweet side, but with a promising, intriguing earth supported bitterness. Has a higher carbonation, perfectly preserved by the can, which adds a refreshing first sip, while the beer in general still drinks beautifully smooth. Even its dry, bitter coffee ending leaves enough space on the palate for soothing whipped cream, ensuring a soft, enjoyable mouthfeel. Tastes of toffee accompanied earth, together with a warming scorched malt foundation. Milk chocolate produces a ton of whipped cream, which smoothes the slowly uprising bitterness till the very end, consisting of a blend between grassy, still pungent hops and heated coffee beans. Once the prominent bitterness is established, it becomes a cornerstone of the beers taste profile, revealing a multi-layered coffee, earth, roasty malts and hop richness. Caramel cuts through during the finish, balancing the long lasting bitter aspects of the beer, while ending surprisingly clean, putting the focus back on soothing whipped cream, wrapping up wooden ground coffee. A breathtaking approach of creating a big, bold stout, with a fantastic, balanced depth to it. Almost overpowering the palate at certain stages, as for its extreme taste diversity, the smoothness guarantees a convincing balance throughout. The beer always tends to find an answer for the boundary pushing questions it poses in a fitting, just as extreme counterpart.” -- by aleigator
See all 2290 reviews
avg score: 4.11

9 hours ago

“Pours a night black color, with a surprisingly huge, bubbly mohagony head. Smells of an earth supported, profound cinnamon spiciness, together with sweet, slightly wooden coconut, toasted pecans and a whiff of lemon peel. These aromas blend into burned toffee, tied together by bakers chocolate and raisins. Its sweet qualities turn quite distinct, topped off by molasses, which get balanced by a rich bourbon soaked appearance, adding vanilla and a warming punch to the nose. Has a lower carbonation, with a luscious smoothness to it, showcasing the beers huge body beautifully, while finishing with a great blend of spicy, bourbon soaked truffles. Mirrors the spicy truffle impression from the nose, while adding a fair amount of scorched malts and walnut shells to it. Its malt qualities are multi layered, very rich, to be able to balance the beers bourbon quality, revealing toffee, caramel and molasses, tied together by roasted coconut. Bourbon adds a flowery vanilla flavor, blending perfectly into the already established cinnamon woodeness, enriching the beer by a hot wood bark note, adding a pungent dryness to the sweetness. Finishes outstandingly smooth, with boozy, chocolate coated caramel and lots of whipped cream. Its smoothness balances the hot bourbon bite easily, while providing well fitting adjuncts, coming together due to a rich maltiness. While this is certainly a sipper, it reveals its huge abv only embedded in the warming, flowery Bourbon barrel.” -- by aleigator
See all 47 reviews
avg score: 4.11

11 hours ago

“Pours black with a moderate khaki head. Aroma is Fresh roasted coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Smells like really good fudge. Taste of fresh coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Once again, reminds me of really good fudge. Medium/full bodied with moderate carbonation. At 10 percent abv the alcohol is well hidden in the coffee and vanilla sweetness. Creamy/oily mouthfeel with a fantastic lingering bitter finish. The coffee takes center stage for me on this one. Whatever coffee they used to brew this is fantastic. The value of this beer is outstanding. ” -- by libertine
See all 1320 reviews
avg score: 4.06

12 hours ago

“Bottle. Thanks to MadVike for this RateBeer freebie! A: Pours a thick black oil with a firm mocha head. Lacing.N: Milk chocolate, vanilla, malt balls, some oxidation, molasses, burnt brown sugar, black licorice, anise. Light peppercorn and earth.T: Quite sweet, some bitterness.M: Oily thick body with light carbonation.O: Potent RIS but well balanced. Hits all the marks and remains drinkable.” -- by Sarlacc83
See all 996 reviews
avg score: 4.21

13 hours ago

“I hear bells ringing when I drink this! Don’t be afraid to pair this fragrant ale with your main dish... it’s mouth watering.” -- by Sixpackserena
See all 3453 reviews
avg score: 4.05

14 hours ago

“2015 from draft: Full and rich flavors of mocha bean, chocolate and marshmallow. Subtle black plum notes throughout the ultra-creamy mouthfeel, but this is dominated by coffee flavors, finishing with a note of peppery spice that adds intrigue. Finish lingers long.” -- by fraternie
See all 906 reviews
avg score: 4.23

15 hours ago

“Appearance: clear medium amber with no head or lacing. (4/5) Aroma: boozy dark fruit, raisins, maple, earthy. (9/10) Taste: moderately strong sweet, mild bitter. (9/10) Palate: medium-full syrupy body, flat carbonation, boozy finish. (4/5) Looks, smells, and tastes like a liqueur - a sherry or a port, for example - and not at all like any other beer. The aromas promise a boozy sweet blast, but the flavour is actually surprisingly smooth, with much less sweetness than expected. Sure, it’s hot - with a nearly 30% ABV, that’s fairly unavoidable - but not aggressively so. A unique brew that’s definitely worth sampling. (17/20)” -- by UXO
See all 936 reviews
avg score: 4.05

15 hours ago

“22oz bottle via trade. finally getting a chance to tick this top 50 imperial stout. pours a deep, dense, rich black capped by the beautiful rusty, clay colored head. aroma is huge roast, cacao chocolate, oak, bourbon, fruity cognac, figs, dates, and subtle coffee. flavor is where this one truly sets itself apart from your above average imperial stout. massive roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, toffee, woody bourbon, malts balls, and caramel corn are complimented by a dry, oaky finish with hints of dark fruits. palate is thick, dense, rich, and never cloying with a lingering roasty finish. overall, an absolute world class imperial stout.” -- by ksurkin
See all 103 reviews
avg score: 4.2

16 hours ago

“Coffee, vanilla, booze. Black with a thin dark tan head that fizzles away pretty quickly. Coffee, cocoa, vanilla, glassy smooth. Boozy. A little edge on the finish. So good.” -- by sjohnny
See all 2112 reviews
avg score: 4.28

16 hours ago

“Growler from the brewer shared at the Nov. 2015 Monticello Dairy tasting. Hazy orange, large foamy off-white head, good retention. Aroma of grapefruit zest, tropical fruit, pale malt, mild lemongrass. The taste is tropical fruits, yuzu, grapefruit, dank hops, pale malt. Medium bodied, well balanced.” -- by Drake
See all 167 reviews
avg score: 4.1

16 hours ago

“Tap at brewery. Unfortunately, I was only able to record numerical rating during this visit.” -- by sonnycheeba
See all 169 reviews
avg score: 4.08

16 hours ago

“Pours like black oil with very little head. Aromas of bourbon, caramel, and coffee with hints of cocoa, nut, and licorice. Smooth and oily on the palate. Excellent.” -- by Natai
See all 2664 reviews
avg score: 4.25

16 hours ago

“whoa! bottle dated 9/13/13. maybe trade from a secret santa?? MUCH bourbon in aroma. also some sweetness and vanilla. dark pour of course. taste is aroma + cocoa nibs/chocolate and sweetness - is it vanilla or dark fruits; not sure. sipper; the 19% hit me into first class. helluva drink; but is it really beer? thank you to whomever sent this - very glad I got to try...” -- by crajun
See all 630 reviews
avg score: 4.07

17 hours ago

“Draft 10 oz pour at Malt and Vine. Surprised to see this still lingering after the big release a couple days ago, but seems like forever ago. Pours a dark brown, almost black with a quick fade head. What a dominant series this is. An entire series of beers that live up to an outstanding hype. Rich caramel and smooth bourbon aroma. Matching flavor with no heat or booze to really to speak of. Damn good barleywine and a near perfect winter beer. Loved it.” -- by andrewje41
See all 606 reviews
avg score: 4.13

17 hours ago

“Not my kind of ipa. Very faint hop citrus smell and taste. Mostly malt on the nose and taste. Very smooth drinking but not enough bitterness or hop profile. Would not buy again unless only craft beer option. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone” -- by OrthoDoc
See all 4476 reviews
avg score: 4.05

17 hours ago

“One of my top ipa's. Amazing aroma and tropical taste. Perfect bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone” -- by OrthoDoc
See all 1604 reviews
avg score: 4.07

18 hours ago

“From tap. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of heavy roasted malts, coffee (LOTS!), light licorice, light chocolate. Roasted malts and coffee dominates the aroma in a very pleasant way. Taste is heavy on coffee, loooots of roasted malts, quite bitter, light cocoa and chocolate, light licorice. I get notes of vanilla, which I don’t normally do in a non barrel aged stout. Super balanced, despite the heavy bitterness and the roasted malts.” -- by rekvium
See all 2251 reviews
avg score: 4.1

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