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RATINGS: 856   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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - MAY 16, 2012
Looks like a proper stout should. The aroma is great, smokey, dark fruit, raisin, molasses, chocolate, booze, awesome. The flavour, is also awesome, starts out sweet with dark fruits and brown sugar, roastiness balances that out with coffee and dark chocolate, finishes off with notes of cigar and licorice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 13, 2012
Bottle at home, from my Minneapolis Town Hall glass. Pours clear black, thin tan head, spotty lacing. Nose is soft, with citrus, toast, mandarin orange, lots of smoke... Flavours of smoke, tar, clean grapefruit finish. A nice beer, but it couldnít keep up with the rest of the lineup.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bricktop86 (605) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 9, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2012 Pours dark brown with a lot of mocha head. First imperial stout I have seen with more than a fingers worth of head. Smells of alcohol, roasted malts and dark fruits. Tastes of caramel and toffee with a hint of alcohol burn.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeinDahlem (1366) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 9, 2012
Black, rich, spicy-hop-bitter, impression of dark baking chocolate, gorgeous brown head, large beer yet balanced, hairy yet smooth, dry but with that touch of mocha sweetness, and then itís all gone. Excellent workmanship. Further testing required.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4459) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 7, 2012
12oz bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a thick, tan head. Aroma of dark malts with roasted and chocolate notes, a little coffee, plus some floral hops, and dark fruits and spiciness. The flavor is good, but I donít know how I feel about the Belgian yeast. Smooth texture. A pretty good beer, but not the best of its style.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ataraxia (410) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Pours a dark brown with a light beige head. Roasted malts, bread, plums, chocolate, and resiny hops. Crisp, medium body, long bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1643) - Maryland, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Location/Date:Bottle on April 29th

Appearance: Pours black with dark red head.
Aroma: Aroma is of coffee, malt
Taste: Light bitterness, some coffee.
Palate:Medium body, more carbonation than expected.

Summary: I donít know if this beer is "the truth", but itís pretty good. My only note is more carbonation than expected.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (2170) - Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Dark brown/black color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, molasses, chocolate, & some coffee; Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, hops, and some dark fruit; Fairly well balanced; Different overall - not too bad.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - APR 30, 2012
Poured from 12oz bottle to snifter: Pours a near pitch black with plentiful dense mocha froth to cap things off. Perfect lacing, like a timeline of tonightís drinking. Crazy mix of aromas - burnt wood, dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, subdued hops, subtle dark fruit, brown sugar. The flavors are equally impressive - milk chocolate, charred oak, harsh vanilla, simple syrup. This is a great beer. Tons of complexity, tons of potential in the cellar.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2012
Pours super dark with a lot of white head and moderate lacing. Nose is relatively mild, some coffee and chocolate. Palate is quite complex with a lot of dark chocolate, espresso and a lot of lingering bitterness. Very pleasant and rich and satisfying.


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