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RATINGS: 875   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.


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.

3.3
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
abcfan (826) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2243) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2012
12oz bottle from Dresden. Black with a mocha head. Dark molasses and chocolate along with some expresso combine for a very strong yet not intense aroma, some roasted malts are detectable. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, underlying sweetness, can detect the alcohol although its still quite smooth, a slight bitterness is there on the palate, some fruitiness, chocolate, expresso and molasses carry through. An interesting and quite powerful beer.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kirk36 (173) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Espresso notes, coffee, strong flavor, alcohol present and forward facing, would place well after a meal. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregwilsonstl (1405) - Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Very dark (nearly black) and roasty. Good thick tan head. Beyond caramelized, almost tastes like burnt malt (in a good way). High alcohol hidden behind body. Would be great if oak aged.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2012 12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter Ar: Some roasted malt and a very light fruitiness. Frankly, much less aroma than I was expecting. Ap: Thick and bubbly light tan two finger head. The body is solidly black. T: Opens with sweet, roasted malts, transitons to a smooth lightly sweet light malt, finishes with a bit of roast malt, slight sweetness and fruit, and finally dry hoppy bitterness. P: A very high level of carbonation, and a much lighter body than I’d expect for an double/imperial stout. Alcohol is not distinguishable. Smooth but lacking in several areas. O: To be honest this stout was somewhat disappointing. For a double/imperial stout, its a bit too sweet without enough bitterness to balance it and lacks body, However, enjoyed the wonderfully dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Coffee and chocolate dominate. Plenty of dark bready notes followed by some dark rum and fig qualities. Caramel and toffee present as well. Floral and grassy hop notes round things out. The finish is drying.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jondsimmons89 (22) - Carol stream, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2012
The aroma of a heavily sugared coffee burst from this black hefty beer. Sweet notes of toffee are immediate and strong. The warm flavor of alcohol comes through more than i would expect with such a dark beer. The beer finishes smokey and full. A good stout that i would definately purchase again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4819) - 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.


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