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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (19334) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2012
Bottle. Pours a black color with a longlasting tan head. Has a roasted malty licorice aroma with hoppy hints. Roasted malty chocolate and licorice flavor with hoppy hints. Has a roasted malty chocolate and licorice finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (4682) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Bottle shared by pineypower. Poured a good looking deep dark black body that is milkshake thick with pools of foamy dark beige head. Aroma of sweet dark fruit, plum, wet chocolate, Belgian yeast, band aid, dark cherries, and a plasticy finish with an almost chemical note. Fuller bodied, creamy and thick with strong carbonation and a lingering burnt aftertaste. Flavor of light smoke, dark wet bread, hint of vanilla extract, burnt toast, dark burnt malts, dark fruit. The more I sip this one the more I like it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (3963) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Bottle with Kev and Keith. Pours mirror black with medium coffee brown head and lacing. Aromas of belgian yeast sugars, dark fruit, mollases. Taste is smokey wood, plum and other dark fruit, bitter chocolate. Very warming beer, with a good bit of heat behind it in the flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 1, 2012
A - Pours a dark black with a touch of brown mixed in with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some light lace. S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts with some dark fruits, Belgian yeast, and a bit of coffee and lactose. T - Starts off with a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts with some coffee and a bit of lactose sweetness and dark fruits. Through the middle, some Belgian yeast flavor and a bit of spices comes through along with some more dark fruits and lactose flavor. The finish is a mix of roasted dark chocolate, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, and a bit of lactose. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit thick with a warming and sweet finish. D - Very drinkable. The booze is extremely well hidden and the beer is excellently balanced. The yeast character is a nice addition.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Pours a rich, thick black color with a big dark brown head. Roasted malts yielding bitter chocolate, espresso, with some Belgian yeast spice notes. Well balanced given the style.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fatehunter (1647) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Poured out of at 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Poured pitch black, tan 2 inch head. Looks amazing. Smell: Burnt malt, a fruit... fig? smell. I like it. Taste: Toasted/burnt malt and espresso. The maltiness stays on the back of the tongue nicely. The bitter comes in at the end at the perfect moment. The great head on the lips, like a cappuccino and then the smooth liquid. Barely any carbonation. Nice and smooth. Excellent. A great tasting stout and very drinkable. And just noticing that it is 9.7% ABV... never would have guessed by the smoothness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scottw86 (1148) - Maryland, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Poured black with a huge light-tan stable head. Aroma has some alcohol with hops. Some dark fruity notes with raisins. Chocolate and caramel. Taste has lots of chocolate with some coffee. Toffee and brown sugar. Alcohol is better hidden than in the aroma. Aftertaste is a bit sweet with more chocolate and milk chocolate. Not bad!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arone12 (924) - Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2012
Pours a black color with a light brown, foamy head. Delicious coffee aroma with some chocolate. Good dry finish with coffee. Mmm

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Bottle @ The BeerMongers... Poured jet black with a bubbly, tan head. Nice retention. Thick, full mouthfeel. Lots of roast, coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla sweetness. Toasted grains, and a light almondy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kdm1984 (813) - Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2012 Smell is coffee, alcohol, toffee, roasted richness. Flavor is similar - some Belgian yeast as well, like plums, which is to my liking as a Belgian fan. Pairs well with the small cake I am having now. Well balanced imperial stout - ABV well hidden also.


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