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RATINGS: 909   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjgmd (1925) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2012
Pours a dark mahogany deep brown, with a fabulous smokey wispy head. Nose is malty and chocolate with some alcohol. Taste is somewhat bitter, malty with the alcohol easily tasted. Carbonation is soft, finish is dry and short with bitterness and alcohol. Quaff Score 6 / 10

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zgaier (1858) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2012
Pours black with a brown head and sweet aroma of roasted malt and dark fruits. Taste is smokey and toasty, of roasted malt, chocolate, liquorice, and dark fruits with a slight bitter finish. Flavor is strong, can taste alcohol, with a heavy mouthful.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gramity (1586) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 4, 2012
A great stout with a really nice mix of coffee, smoke, and fruit flavors. Some surprising notes in the aroma and taste for a stout, but welcome complexity. Love how well-masked the alcohol is while still asserting itself.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (5463) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2012
Bottle. Dark pour, whitish head. Aroma is fruity, lots of raisin, plum, dark chocolate, and alcohol. Taste is fruity as well. Some vanilla notes a lot of winey prune flavors and alcohol. Palate is silky, light cocoa powder finish. Nice

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (3267) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 1, 2012
From a 750ml brown bottle. Black pour, head is creamy, tan. Big nose, chocolate and roasted malts. Taste has big cocoa, roasty, dry. Some bitterness in the finish, light notes of alcohol. Body is full but smooth. Aftertaste has big roast and rich dark malts. Pleasant and very drinkability and smooth impy.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bebum (684) - - SEP 1, 2012
UPDATED: APR 25, 2015 Stout. 9.7% abv. Opaque, darkest brown, translucent, exuberant, tight knit, tall and persistent head, dotted foam remnants but no lacing. Faint and fresh nose, with hints of tar, creosote, rust, coffee and tobacco. Very full body, high carbonation and head create a foamy, velvety mouth feel. Balanced sour-bitter-sweetness, very alcoholic, fresh tasting, sharp, extra-bright mouthfeel, sweet-sour, coffee-tobacco finish. Intense flavor, lots of roast bitterness, reminding one of espresso, grassy, rusty, expresso, chocolate, tar, licorice,?clay, fully balanced by raisiny, prune, dried fig or Spanish fig cake, alcoholic sweetness, long on palate, silky texture. Reminds one of a Tia Maria liqueur, Guiness fruit cake or Christmas pudding. Delicious, dessert/liqueur course without being cloying due to the high acidity and bitterness in the balance and finish. Despite being so rich, one could drink it forever, or so it seems.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (15959) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle at Freshcraft, Denver - 31/05/12. Pitch black with a thin tan head. Sweet malt nose backed up with chocolate and dark fruits. Fruits come out in the taste, roasty, caramel, bitter chocolate. Top end of medium in body, moderate carbonation, hits the spot!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
climberbob (367) - Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2012
12 oz bottle. Roasty, chocolate aroma. Completely black with a thin tan foam. lightly bitter, umami, full body, thick feel, average carbonation. Everything a great stout should be.

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 (1374) - 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


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