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RATINGS: 870   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (505) - New York, USA - APR 20, 2015
Bottled. Best NY 11/25/16. Pours black with a sizeable light tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, tons of Belgian dark fruits come through. Plums, raisins, figs, smells like a quad with intense roasted malts and coffee. Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, big Belgian quad fruits, some spice character, and bitter coffee finish. The Belgian quality and dark fruits really stand out here.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
malvrich (96) - durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2015
From Smokestack Mixed 4 pack Into a Foothills chalice Best by 07/07/2016 A: Pours motor oil black with a big dirty looking head. Good retention. S: Homemade wine and chocolate on the nose. T: Roasty but smooth chocolate and some pruney wine flavor showcasing alcohol. Honestly better than I expected . M: Heavy and thick as expected with an oily, alcoholic finish. Not bad. O: These big boozy beers are not my style admittedly but this is pretty good. My favorite from the box probably.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Evolutionary (370) - Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2015 Bottle from the gahanna store. Licorice nose. Strong. Not awesome lay balanced. Can't see my text. Various ratebeer. Damn this. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persistent_genital_

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
generallee08 (756) - New York, USA - APR 16, 2015
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. 9.7 abv best buy date (07/07/16) description Appearance: Dark brown slow thick pour jet black in the glass. No light. Tall Dark tan head long lasting with very good lacing. Smell: deep heavy notes of roast malt fresh bread and light hints of dark fruit raisins and peels. Taste/Palate: This one is big and bold and coats the tongue with wonderful dark fruits bid dark malty sweetness and espresso bitterness in the finish. Abv is well hidden.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kerenmk (3206) - 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 (8367) - 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 (3334) - 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 (82) - 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 (2416) - 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 (3680) - 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.


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