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RATINGS: 744   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arnold931 (398) - Iowa, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Nose is dark fruit and coffee. Taste is plum and roast. A little too much alcohol burn. I wonder this beer would age.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (1372) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Creamy tan head. Thick black pour. Roasted malt and coffee nose. Big bitter coffee flavor offset by a strong amount of malt. Really nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tmm313 (55) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Aromas of plum, cherry, dark chocolate and oats. Seems to be a touch of banana around the edges as well. Tastes include plum, dark cherry, espresso, and caramel up front. Big char and spicy, earthy hops follow. That unique spicy/sour rye flavor is there as well. Bittersweet chocolate and smoke on the finish. Slight bourbon-like quality. I occasionally got a very noticeable fig flavor in the aftertaste. The more you drank, the more you knew how much work was put into it. Aromas moved around, the flavors shifted delicately from sip to sip, and the mouthfeel was smooth and lightly viscous. I would have again in a heartbeat.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arve_Christian (2966) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 10, 2014
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. Black color, ok brownish foam. Roasted aromas, licorice, malt, ,leather and some dried fruitsFull body & high complexity. Good bitterness and balance. Very enjoyable

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hockeybeerguy (1474) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 10, 2014
The appearance was a nice dark brown/black color with a one finger off white foamy head that hangs around for a good one minute and slowly dies at a nice pace leaving some light trickling lacing. The smell was rich and malty through some nice Belgian spices adequately gracing my nose. The taste was sweet and luscious with some nice dark fruits amplifying the Belgian spices that came out in the nose that ends up adding a decent chocolate background coming out in the aftertaste and leading to a dry finish. On the palate, it sits about a medium and has an acceptable harshness pervading through on my mouth and tongue, nothing obscure just noticeable. Overall, I say this is a wonderful Belgian Dark Stout well worthy of coming back to.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
al53 (66) - FINLAND - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle. Black with good brown head. Aroma: Heavy on dark fruits, chocolate, mild coffee and cocoa. Taste: Roasted malts, smoke, bit rye, dark fruits, yeast, chocolate and alcohol. More this warms up, more alcohol comes up on taste. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Bitter, dry, ashy and again alcoholic finish. Somehow very alcoholic, and that plummy Belgian yeast is just not my thing.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
robertjm (759) - Albany, California, USA - MAY 3, 2014
(12oz. bottle) - One finger tan head w/large bottles. Lots of bottles coating the inside of the glass. Dark brown, bordering on black, body. Mild aroma. Signature Belgian yeast character in the flavor. Traits of cocoa powder and raisins. Alcohol finish. Reminds me more of a Quad than an Imperial Stout. Still, mighty tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle from Pear Delicatessen & Shoppe, Seattle, bb 12/26/14
Black color, with compact brownish head. The aroma immediately strikes for its fresh fruitiness, apples, pears, and just a hint of roastiness. The mouthfeel is very smooth, quite round; the dark chocolate flavor prevails over the roasted malt, but there is also a relatively evident liquorice component; it has the right amount of residual sugars, strong bitterness, a peppery note and some alcohol warmth.
Excellent.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
obguthr (3636) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2014
Tobacco and red raspberry aroma, charred oak underneath. Black, thick tan head. Rich charred oak, charcoal, blueberry and very subtle figs. Followed by creosote and smoke. Never very sweet at all. Medium body, intense, alcohol well concealed. A little thin, but has good balance, excellent transitions and complexity. Wow, easily mistakable as a Danish stout.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
HippieFee (46) - - APR 27, 2014
Bottle - Heavy Roasted malt and alcohol taste. Jet black color with only a small head. Thick on the palate. I don’t mind a good stout but I couldn’t get into this one. It tastes to much like alcohol, has the sharp taste going down.


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