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RATINGS: 767   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnnnniee (2306) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 8, 2011
Curious looking 12 oz bottle caught my eye and made the ride home with me. Pours a deep brown color bordering on black with a huge fluffy tan head that shows moderate retention and mad lace. Smells roasty, chocolatey and dark fruity. Slight caramel and licorice and hints of yeasty esters round out the aroma. Taste is roasty, fruity, and Belgian like. Lots of dark fruit, caramel, and chocolate mixed with a quad like fruity and yeasty Belgian character. Medium to thick body, moderate level of carbonation, sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. I normally don’t enjoy "Belgian Stouts" but wow this one is very well done and very tasty. It seems to have just the right mix of stout and quad character to help me really enjoy it.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tybalt (206) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Beautiful black beer with a rich dark brown head. Coffee flavors up front; also some semi-sweet chocolate hints. Also some dark fruit flavors (and maybe raisin) mixed in there. As you get further into the glass, the high alcohol content starts to find its way into those flavors...almost like once your mouth gets used to the other flavors that alcohol bite first becomes noticeable. Very complex, strong, rich, yet very approachable beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3404) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2011
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with crajun. Pours pretty much black with a moderate light brown head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left nearly complete lace. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt with notes of toast, mild smoke, and chocolate. The flavor is lovely with roasted malt, prunes, toast and just a bit of char. Rich and full bodied. Dries out just a bit at the finish. Very enjoyable stout!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6489) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Bottle from Star Grocery, Berkeley. Pours dark brown with a huge light brown head and a coffee and chocolate aroma. There is a complex flavor that includes plum, espresso, chocolate and treacle, with a pleasantly dry finish. This is a really nice brew.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
high_on_hops (620) - Burlingame, California, USA - NOV 3, 2011
A foamy brown head with an aroma of roasted barley, hops, and a bit of coffee and chocolate. The flavor is complex, with the roasted oat and coffee the strongest, and some chocolate and some sweetness in the aftertaste. The body is also nice, slightly fizzy at first and then very smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hero12 (180) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Black pour with a tan head that lingers throughout the entire drink, plenty of lacing. Sweet molasses nose with a hint of smoke? Taste is extremely sweet with a very abrupt finish. Heavy bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. A very good stout from boulevard.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2011
(750ml bottle). Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is metallic, cocoa and caramel. Taste is sweet malts with a little roast. Medium bodied with oily texture. Bitter finish. Ok.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (888) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Opaque black with a big foamy dark brown head. Aroma is figs, prunes, and chocolate. Flavor is big dark chocolate, alcohol light hops and some spice. Chewy mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
halfonit (1164) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Black with a big foamy light brown head. Aroma of roasted grain, malts and a little fruity. Flavor is pretty much what the aroma promises, chocolate and fruit, then a woody flavor. It seems a bit lighter bodied than I was expecting. Not too bad.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2011
bottle on 10/2/11. black pour with a big tan head. belgian / roast nose. smooth medium body with licorice, banana, citrus. well carbonated and soft. semi-dry finish with anise, licorice, coffee and chocolate.


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