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RATINGS: 880   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arayaga2 (1914) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Brown black with a reddish brown head. Aroma is chicory, and cocoa, while taste is more espresso and alcohol , with some woody notes. $3.5/12oz

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
boozedude (2207) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JUL 11, 2012
pours black (like my mom)...brown head.... coffee taste some smoke..like it..very smooth

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jndubbs (120) - Austin, Iowa, USA - JUL 11, 2012
Deep caramel expresso flavor. Dark pour with lots of head. Very smooth. Little to no aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3063) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2012
(Bottle) Pours near black with creamy pale brown head. The aroma holds chocolaty roast, sweet liquorice and dark fruits (figs, prunes and sweet raisins) up front with undertones of spicy and grassy hops, vanilla fudge, earth, grainy bread, candi sugar and a touch of smoke. Creamy and rich on the nose. The flavor is light to medium sweet, light to medium bitter and light acidic with notes of chocolate, dark fruits, earth, grainy bread, caramelized sugar, mild hops, light spices and touch of smoke. The mouthfeel is round, light sticky and tiny tart with a soft carbonation. Tart, earthy and light fruity finish. Medium bodied.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (3648) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2012
355 ml bottle courtesy of Marsiblursi. Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a huge frothy and fluffy pale brown head that slowly dissipates while leaving lots of trace and lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet and fruity with toasted malts, prunes, raisins, vanilla fudge, alcohol, lemon zest, sweet dark bread, fruit cake, white wine, peppery wood, pears in brandy, fruity esters and hints of marzipan, cloves and white pepper. Taste is sweet, bitter, fruity and tiny metallic with heavily roasted malts, bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, burnt caramel, prunes, raisins, resinous wood, overripe apples and pears, roasted nuts, alcohol, cloves, black pepper and hints of smoked chili, pipe tobacco and pine. Mouthfeel is smooth, tiny oily bitter, tiny boozy, slightly tart and medium bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter and fruity with roasted malts, plums, overripe grapes, pears, cloves, marzipan, wet soil, wood, dark bread and hints of pine. Interesting and quite good. Sort of a stout quadruple blend...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (19518) - 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 (4740) - 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 (4071) - 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.


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