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RATINGS: 881   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Poured a jet black with a big tan head that looks real frothy. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, caramel and a touch of spice. Taste is raisins, chocolate, and coffee and a little bit of sweetness. Feels medium to full bodied and has a bitter boozey aftertaste. Really liked this one

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fletchfighters (1275) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2012
A-- Poured a light shade of black and settled black. No light penetrating this at all. Dark mocha colored head. Nearly three fingers in height. Excellent body to the head as there is very slow fading to this. Great shape and retention to this. Just a bit of ABV legs on the sides of the glass. No lacing with amount of head with this. S-- Smoke, oak, dark fruits, dark baking chocolate and a dry, earthy nose. ABV is very muted. T-- Oak, dark fruits (stewed plumbs), smoke, dark, dry chocolate and coco powder. Slight bits of tobacco and leather. Very wine like. M-- Dry is an understatement. Bone dry beer. Slight bits of dark chocolate covered cherry in the mid and back. Velvety in the front but chewy in the back. Some soft tannins in this as well. Solid stuff. Note score slightly adjusted as getting a bit of sour cherry. O-- Fresh I bet this is quite sweet and probably a bit undrinkable. This bottle is 6 months past expiration and it is very well balanced. Gives the feel of an shiraz barrel aged beer. Very well melded with time. Must get more of this

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - AUG 25, 2012
12oz bottle, best by May 18, 2014. Served at around 45F and allowed to warm in the glass.

Pours black with a three finger brown head that recedes to a light cap and leaves some good patterns of lacing behind.

Aroma is chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, coffee, caramel, some dark fruits. Moderate strength.

Flavor is rich chocolate, caramel, coffee, toffee, roasted malts, some plums and dark fruit, a bit of peppery spice, fairly sweet, minimal bitterness, alcohol is there but very well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, creamy, smooth carbonation. Nice.

Very complex and very tasty stout. Aroma lacks, but the flavor more than makes up for it. Rich and delicious!

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. A: Pours a very dark burgundy color. The head is a two finger mocha color with a great texture and decent retention considering its gravity. S: The first scent noticed is dark chocolate, before the aroma becomes more dominated by licorice and darker fruit. A slight hint of alcohol pops up, as well, along with a faint whiff of Belgian yeast. Quite good. T: Strong initial flavors of roasted malt, coffee, and licorice gives way to a fruitier midtaste. The finish is clean, likely from the yeast, and lightly boozy, with touches of lactose and even a slight medicinal tone. Fairly smoky throughout the flavor progression. It shows a modicum of complexity as it progresses, and improves somewhat. I’m torn on how to score it, the first sips are quite good, but it kind of falls apart after a few sips. It improves afterward, yet it still remains hard to drink. There’s something off about it, but it’s hard to place. M: Dry and astringent, with a good (if rather heavy) texture. The alcohol is palpable throughout, with a light tingle on the tongue, along with a warming sensation. Moderate carbonation. O: Eh, not a huge fan. It’s an okay sipper, but it just seems unbalanced and hard to drink. I’m glad to have tried it, but I wouldn’t seek it out again, most likely.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2012
The aroma hits as the bottle is opened. Then comes a large, frothy head. Full-bodied and full-flavored, this is a good stout. The flavor mixes coffee, chocolate, vanilla, figs, and Coke.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JLLSU (238) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2012
12oz bottle from Highland Beverage- Hiram, GA -----> tulip. Pours deep black with small, disappearing khaki head. Aroma is slight coffee, dark ripe fruit, and red wine. Taste is heavy Belgian yeast, sweet fig, and mild roasted coffee. Palate is nice and thick and smooth. This one comes off more on the Belgian side than the stout side, but it’s still a great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Menkros (36) - - AUG 18, 2012
Pours black, 1 finger head. Smells like teen spirit. Taste is coffee chocolate and fruit. Alcohol kick in the middle. Very good RIS. ---Rated via Beer Buddy Deez nuts

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (3972) - - AUG 18, 2012
bottle. near opaque black with a small light brown head. bitter roasted aroma with dark fruit from the yeast. palate is medium and carbonation is foamy. flavor has a blend of dark, burnt roasted barley, lesser notes of graham cracker, and minor notes of dark fruits from the belgian yeast. good, but a few minor things like the foamy carbonation turn me off.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iguanaman (11) - Seneca, Missouri, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Strong flavors with a bitter finish. Sort of a Vegemite without the saltiness. Good rich beer but a bit too bitter for my tastes.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle. Dark black/brown pour with thick beige head. Aroma is roast and bittersweet chocolate. Strong flavour, roast chocolate and rusk. Long malt finish. There is a bit of hop in the finish.


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