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RATINGS: 918   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
FalseLion (25) - - NOV 20, 2012
If you’re looking for a stout you can not go wrong with this beer. Perfect smokey taste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Bottle from 16 Tons Cafe, Eugene. Pours black, with a slight tan head, no lacing. Yeast prominent in aroma, dried fruits (figs?) are there as well, so too is just a hint of smoke. Full-bodied, with a big, complex finish. Roasted malt character strong in finish, with just the barest trace of herbs. Really liked this one.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
magsinva (1100) - Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Bottle from TWM Fredericksburg - reviewing from notes - pours a deep mahogany with a white head, aroma is roasty and dark, nice!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Aroma was very noticeable as soon as I popped the top. Was even stronger during por. Taste was a bit heavy on the smoke. Still undecided on this one. I might have to rate this one again later.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3395) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Pour leaves you with a pretty sexy tan and leaves a long lacing. Little bit of cherry flavor hiding need a deep rich intense chocolate malt flavor. Aroma has some burned coffee and wood aspects. Finish is a touch bitter and the texture is chalky and cocoa. Milk chocolate flavors run through the hole experience. Prett tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ATM2754 (5) - Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2012 does not count
12oz, Gorgeous color, dark pour with a flash of red, bold but delicate stout, currently in my top 5.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (5354) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2012
12oz bottle. Black, slightly reddish pour, with a dark tan head. Roasted malt, molasses, raisin, dried stone fruit, quite smoky, and light cocoa notes. I liked it, the smoke makes it a bit different. Reasonably priced as well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bconch (348) - - NOV 8, 2012
Jet black pour with thin beige head. Nose of chocolate and dark fruits. Taste is more of the fruit notes with some sweetness in there. Nice carbonation and hop finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JDBaker11058 (1824) - Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Appearance: opaque, inky black, with a creamy chocolate milk head that lasts forever in a snifter. Aroma: bittersweet and milk chocolate vie for the forefront, over a rich bed of raisins, graham crackers, walnuts, and cracked pepper, with a hint of clove. Taste: bitter, almost lactic tang of dark chocolate, followed by a wave of chalk-dry cocoa powder, candi sugar, wild yeast bite, and plums. Finish: bitter, roasty and dry, with coffee, a hint of toasty graham cracker pie crust, dark chocolate, and booze. Notes: Interesting stout. Creamy and drinkable palate; you’d never know it was a 9.7% abv beer. Smells, looks, and feels rich, but the flavors don’t overpower after the initial blast. Increasingly better as it warms.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonas (6673) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - NOV 5, 2012
Bottle. Nice coffee, roast and fine smoke aroma, a light mint note. Black, golden head. Dubbel spiciness and dryness, peppery, roasted coffee,allspice notes.relatively light body. Espresso retronasal. pleasant.


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