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RATINGS: 856   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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Barley, wheat, rye and oats provide the foundation for this big stout. Layers of complex flavors slowly emerge from the glass: espresso, roasted fig, creme brulee. Belgian yeast provides a plum-like fruitiness, noble German hops reveal spicy, herbal notes, while the rich, velvety mouthfeel mellows to a dry, smoky finish. Such a robust beer stands well by itself, but also makes a wonderful end-note to any rich, indulgent meal. Discover the secret of combining this roasty ale to sweets, by pairing with dark chocolate or caramel, or even by pouring it over ice cream.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kerenmk (3050) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 14, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Troubles’ place. Thanks DSG. Black with a tan head. Roasty, berries, some wood and some ink aroma, roasty, fruity, a little bitter taste. Full body, silky texture, bitter, inky finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (7623) - Tel Aviv, - APR 12, 2015
Bottle shared at a tasting at Dror’s place. Black with a nice tan head. Aroma of roast, licorice, some dark fruits, a bit of coffee and chocolate and alcohol. Bittersweet flavor with chocolate, an acidic note, dark fruits, a bit of licorice, a bit of alcohol, and a dry finish. Full-bodied and rounded. Good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3167) - Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2015
12 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 11/4/2016. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, pepper, herbal, light smoke/char, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, pepper, herbal, light smoke/char, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Good amount of herbal/roasted bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, pepper, herbal, light smoke/char, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Outstanding complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast and roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian imperial stout. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roasted malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
whitehotg8 (78) - Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2015
Poured into a Boulevard tulip glass. Dark and mysterious with a beautiful khaki head. Aromas of chocolate, mocha, roasted almonds, fig, toffee. Tasting like a dream; velvety feeling with such a complex mingling of roasty malt, coffee, cocoa, dark candied fruit, caramel. Big beer without a big attitude. Really well done imperial stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2356) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - APR 1, 2015
12oz bottle (best 11/25/16) - nose is chocolate with slight coffee. Sip adds dark fruit, licorice, and pure decadence. Complex bitterness and tad to warm to accurately capture the body. A little gritty. Dry. quickly becoming a sipper. Mellows out with fruitiness. Slight nutty aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (3446) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2015
12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark brown to black with a khaki colored head of foam. Very good retention. The aroma has oats, chocolate, caramel, nuts, milk chocolate. The taste has more of a licorice, dark chocolate, and roast than what the aroma suggested. Maybe it needs to warm some. Creamy, milky mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. This beer is actually really good. My biggest complaint is how long it took to pour the beer. The head on this is ridiculous.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ordybill (530) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Malt, cocoa and grain into a pretty strong aroma. Appearance- This beer is pitch black with a thick brown head. Taste- Reminds of a thick coffee (without the coffee flavor) I didn’t care for the first two sips; however it grew on me with each sip. Palate- A heavy bodied beer with mild carbonation. This beer has a creamy texture and the finish has an obvious alcohol kick. Overall- A real good stout. Highly recommended.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3493) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 27, 2015
Darkest of brown pours ending up black looking decent beige head soft carbonation aromas dried fruit rich chocolate liquorice plum note yeast touch spiciness the flavours fruits dark rich hops crisp note nutmeg dark chocolate medium bitter cocoa dryness roasted note yeast is strong sweet sticky fruit syrup note caramel lovely imperial to sip on the finish best tastes yeast note hops lasting sweetness and bitter excellent tasting imperial

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4302) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2015
The aroma is burnt malt, coffee, chocolate, wood, and grassy hops. The appearance is dark brown with a tan head. The taste is like the aroma with a super bitter finish. The palate is slightly thin for the style but OK. Overall the beer is fine but overrated. I would have enjoyed it more without all the bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (3422) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Black body, medium to large tan head, spotty lacing. Mellow roast, bittersweet chocolate, caramel, moderate earth, a touch of coffee. Medium to full bodied, moderate to gentle carbonation, mellow sweetness, lingering, rounded finish.


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