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RATINGS: 881   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.


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 (1702) - 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 (1151) - 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 (814) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Aroma is smokey, clove, alcoholic, roasty. Pours dark with lasting tan head good lace. Taste of smoke, citrus, spiciness, slight sweetness, lighter body than expected, some light bitterness, belgian sourness. long smokey chocolate and sour finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2757) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Pours out black with a slightly tan head. Aroma is of chocolate cake, dark dried fruits, light alcohol. Mouthfeel is appropriately thick with some nice rich texture. Flavors are of chocolate, light smoky earth, dark dried fruits, raisin, caramel and some light alcohol on the finish. Solid brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TizzleJizzle (738) - Garland, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Bottle. Smoky malty aroma. Poured a dark brown/black color with a kakhai top and nice lacing. Taste is alcohol, chocolate, coffee, toast, and caramel. Too watery on the palate for an impy stout. All in all, a nice brew, but there are far better imperial stouts out there. Cheers

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoberCajun (111) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 1, 2012
A great stout with a really nice mix of coffee, smoke, and fruit flavors. Some surprising notes in the aroma and taste for a stout, but welcome complexity. Love how well-masked the alcohol is while still asserting itself.


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