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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1763) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown, with a large, brown head. Aroma is dark fruit, roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is roasted malt, dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, smoke, and alcohol. Creamy body...on the heavy side.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpringsLicker (3415) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2012
I love dark beers that pour with a huge down cascading head that slowly forms an opaque black brew below. Tan head that hangs around a while. Sweet, smoky ashy aroma. Interesting flavor. Light anise come first, then a smoky roast malt, vanilla and caramel.. Sip slowly, let it warm.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with an ever-so-thin dark tan head that quickly disappears. Nevertheless, a very appealing beer in the glass. Aroma of stone fruits with a very alcohol forward profile resembling cognac or brandy. Taste similarly follows suit with a strong alcohol profile, followed by an oaked, almost tobacco-like smoke flavor. Roasted malts emerge as the beer warms, but the alcohol and smoke remain in the forefront. Mouthfeel is thick, almost chewy, but with a prickly carbonation. A fine example of an imperial stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dresden (1380) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 30, 2012
Big fluffy brown head witha ton of sticky lacing. Aroma is smoke, dark fruits, cocoa. Good hit of booze, followed by a nice dark chocolate, fruits, tobacco. Pretty nice beer!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2013 Pours dark as night with a two and a half finger dark, creamy mocha colored head. The head is surprising for the style and alcohol content. Leaves some thick lacing. Smells of dark chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, some peat, fig, plum, some spiciness from the belgian yeast and hops, molasses. Tastes very much like it smells. At the start you get an intense roastiness. Roasted chocolate, espresso, some peat and ash characters. Then in the middle you get a lot more sweet qualities. Get the dark fruits like sweet plum and fig, as well as some milk chocolate and molasses. The finish is more roasted flavors, some tobacco, plum, some tart qualities, a lot more peat, stays sweet too. Perhaps a tiny bit of alcohol on the finish, but goes well with the intense roasted qualities. Creamy and sticky mouthfeel throughout. Pretty full body. Gets more complex as it warms. This is a terrific, complex imperial stout.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oRos (1516) - sacramento, California, USA - OCT 25, 2012
12oz bottle. Color is black with tan head. Aroma is sweet and some coffee. Taste is molasses and roasted malt middle tongue is coffee with a Smokey finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Aroma- molasses, rum-soaked raisins, oak, slight roasted notes Appearance- pitch black with an off-white head Taste- booze hits upfront followed by some oak, astringency, roasted notes, dark chocolate, and some more alcohol Palate- heavy but not quite on par with the flavors Overall- A hot mess mostly. Some redeeming qualities but not near enough to uplift this brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4322) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a moderate tan head to it. Little smell, though I get some slight roasted notes to it. Dark roasted and malty notes to the taste. Not bad, but not my favorite in the style.

3
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sjohnny (481) - - OCT 11, 2012
No aroma whatsoever. Strange. Solid black with a thick tan head. Lots of lacing. Starts off with coffee and a little molasses. Slightly bitter. Not bad.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON (4042) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Bottle shared with Lalo and Kyle. Pours black with light carbonation, small tan head. Nose is light roast, light medicinal quality, cocoa. Flavor is more medicinal, thin palate, ending boozy.


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