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RATINGS: 888   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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.

   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. Iím 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. Thereís something off about it, but itís 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. Itís an okay sipper, but it just seems unbalanced and hard to drink. Iím glad to have tried it, but I wouldnít seek it out again, most likely.

   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.

   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 itís still a great beer.

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (4007) - - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Pours dark brown black with large foamy khaki suds. The aroma is strange, kind of musty cleaner closet and old paint bucket / dark roasted chocolaty grain with some sweetness. The taste is much better with all the right things coming out strong. The complex grain keeps you guessing whether you just got some wheat or oats along with the heavy barley presence, I?d guess oat is second on the list. There is a nice sweet fruity nature, some dark raisin, light fig, and cindery green apple, but the appearance of it is quickly stomped out by the bittersweet chocolate roasted malt. The carbonation is smooth and light on the palate making out very easy to drink. The finish is somewhat bitingly dry and the grain lingers with some of the light sweetness but as a lover of hoppy beers I enjoy the depth even without much hop aroma or flavor. The more I drink and as it warms I fall more in love. For a modest effort (and price) and a year around imperial stout this is mighty fine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (5204) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Pours black/purple with dark tan head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee roasts.....ash.... Almost a chemical/paint scent. Taste is quite bitter....again coffee and chocolate.... raisiny/fig.....locorice. A bit harsh, but very, very, good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Misterj521 (2) - Tomball, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2012 does not count
Pours out black with a brown foam head. Aroma is like semi sweet chocolate and dark coffee. Tastes of dark chocolate, cream, coffee, and a spice I cant pinpoint but nutmeg comes to mind. I liked Itís drink-ability and the complex flavors/aroma from pour to belch. I would pay to drink this again. ( I traded a DR9 for it and several others - Thanks Aaron)

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