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RATINGS: 875   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.


4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigDogLiquor (31) - Pine Bluff, Arkansas, USA - AUG 4, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2012 Amazing thickness to this one. Sticks with you and holds with any temperature. Very impressive mix of flavors. Has more to offer than I thought and it is totally worthy of the price that goes along with this excellent brew.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scipio (756) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Pours an absolute black with a full and frothy tan head. Rich and roasted aroma of espresso, licorice, fig, and smoke. Taste has lots of the same impressions, but they are just more extreme in their strength. Much more of a smoky, and roasted flavor while big in espresso still. Has a dark fruity feeling as well. Slightly sour. Full in body with a thick texture. A bit of a bitter finish of smoky licorice. Outstanding effort with this one. I really enjoyed this.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jahshuwuh (492) - USA - JUL 29, 2012
Roast, burnt smell with hint of sweet coffee. Alcohol taste was a bit too prominent and killed a lot of the taste, but did have a decent dark chocolate/coffee character. Overall not bad, but wouldn't get it again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (2102) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Dark dark brown with tan head and lace. Woody ashy espresso herbal aroma with a hint of burn. Espresso dark chocolate ashy roasted mild fruit and very clean mildly bitter dry roasted earthy finish. Excellent.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steasy66 (1086) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2012
12oz into Boulevard tulip A- Jet black, huge spongy dark brown head with staying power. S- A bit of roasted/smoked malt, but lacking in aroma overall. T- Roasted malt, dark fruits, a little bitter and a tiny bit sour finish, alcohol is well masked. M- Low carbonation, thin for this ABV, very drinkable. O- Nice stout, but at this price point I would not buy this again. Serving type: bottle

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2012
Pours a gorgeous black with a thick brown head and thick lacing. Smells like fudge, coffee grounds and anise. Tastes of dark chocolate, cream, coffee, and raisins. Itís about eight months beyond its best by date but is still rather nice and complex.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJestersBeer (2258) - SWEDEN - JUL 23, 2012
Bottled. Pours pitch black, with a brown head. Compact, roasted aroma, malt, chocolate, coffee, licorice, ashes, tobacco. Off-dry, full bodied, high bitterness, creamy CO2. Compact, roasted taste, malt, caramel, tobacco, ashes, espresso beans, dark chocolate, hops. Really nice one. (2012-06-14)

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msalm (59) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Strong fig, brown sugar, and alcohol in the nose. A deep brown with a tan head. Initial sweetness disappears and leaves a pleasant bitterness.Great mouthfeel--lingers as new flavors emerge and coats the tongue and gums with a prickly dark chocolate. Overall, a very nice stout Iíd be happy sharing with family and friends.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ESBob (379) - Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark chocolate black with nice brownish head. Aroma is chocolate, toffee and slight smoke. Taste is very much the same, some complexity with the mixing of flavors, toffee and chocolate stand out with a slight smoke finish. Only the slightest alcohol tow.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DavoleBomb (1522) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Poured into a snifter. 4.5 A: Black color. First pour gave me a huge frothy light brown head. A couple pours later I got my glass full. Retention is very good and plenty of lacing is left. 3.5 S: Deep roastiness with tons of molasses. A little boozy with some astringency. Caramel with chocolate undertones. 3.0 T: Again a deep roastiness with molasses and caramel. About as boozy as the nose suggests and also as astringent. Itís not bad, but itís not any better than average. 3.0 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Still overcarbonated despite much swirling. Lightly creamy, but could be moreso. 3.0 D: Itís not bad, but the roasty astringency gets old fast. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-01-2012 20:00:25


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