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RATINGS: 842   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2823) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2012
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with about a finger of dark tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, chocolate and coffee. Taste is light bitter. Fruity with some caramel, coffee and chocolate notes. Full bodied with a thick and creamy texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Overall, not bad. I would gladly drink this again.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3412) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2012
Sooty looking body with a lush, burnt chocolate head. At first, the whiffs off the glass seem too clean, almost sterilized and disinfected, but they eventually yield to coal-tinged puffs that belie black patent malting. These smells seem stirred up from the depths of a pile of soot. Decent mouthfeel, smooth, thick and rolling with a heavy grainy roast of barley and black patent. some smoke complexity.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Handypaul (292) - - APR 4, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2013 Pours black with overly big thick brown head that reduces slowly to fine bubbles and nice lacing. Taste is very rich, somewhat bitter, chocolate, coffee, roasty. Full body, thick mouth feel, average to soft carbonation leading to a bitter long finish. One of my favorite stouts. Nice.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (1844) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - APR 1, 2012
Rated this last night (or maybe it was early this morning?) on paper. 12 oz bottle shared with brenn79. Aroma is malty, roasty. Pours coal black with a large lacy lasting tan head leaving lace. Taste is so different than your average impy stout. Fruity dark fruit flavors are prominent. Very different, very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4756) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 1, 2012
Small bottle. Thick brown head on dark beer. Rich aroma of chocolate wafer. Lots of bitternes for a big stout. Alcohol in the finish. Big aggressive in your face stout. Chocolate drips from each coffee soaked sip. A rooty earthy finish as your drink the bottle.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
teddybeer (2473) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 30, 2012
[Thanks to MatSciGuy]. 12fl. oz. bottle. Black beer with a nice tan head, easy formation, decent lasting and small bubbles. Aroma has notes of toasted malts, vanilla, Porto wine and moderate licorice. Flavour has notes of roasted and toasted malts, wood hints are present, burnt coffee and dark chocolate. The final is moderate alcoholic with and aftertaste dominated by burnt malts. Carbonation is medium. Body is high. Texture is oily.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4520) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 29, 2012
750ml corked bottle pours almost black in color with a dense foamy light tan head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark fruits, chocolate, coffee and earthy hops. Taste is chocolate malty sweetness with some coffee and earthy hop bitterness and yeasty dark fruit finish. Medium to heavy body with abundant carbonation leaving a pleasing sensation on the palate. An enjoyable stout that I would definitely sample again if given the opportunity.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - MAR 27, 2012
Pours black with a thin beige head. Smells great. Lots of chocolate very rich. Slightly metallic. Tastes nice slightly bitter. Not fantastic but very drinkable.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Dragonfly1 (498) - Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Bottle, Standard Market. Fizzy pour, night black. Aroma is that smoked black patent malt that for my taste is too dominant. Thick charred espresso, more tangy smoked patent malt, all surrounded by fizzy carbonation that’s like a soda pop vs. a beer. No balance or nuance here, the carbonation, smoke, burnt grain are all too much to enjoy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
abcfan (786) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Very nice brew. Pours black with tan head. Aroma of coffee and some smoke. Taste is mostly coffee, with some smoke and toffee. Slight alcohol burn.


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