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RATINGS: 723   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixmasterob (880) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2010
750 corked and caged bottle thanks to wavers1. Poured black with a thick, tight brown head. Aroma was big roasty dark malts up front followed by a rather large belgian yeast presence, fruity. Flavors were malt forward, lots of chocolate, lots of roast, some fruity yeast with a super dry finish. Booze is nonexistent. I was a bit skeptical of the mix of roasty stout with a belgian yeast profile but this was rather pleasant. The yeast took a back seat while still maintaining a presence. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tennisjoel (1154) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Pours a deep red brown hue with a stunning head formation. Rich aroma of cocoa, nuts, vanilla, anise, and cola like sugary sweetness. Flavor is kind of straight forward and a little one dimensional. ABV is very well hidden. I never would have guessed 9.7%. What started out as a really interesting aroma and appearance, is less than interesting in flavor, which is too bad. Usually I’ve been super impressed with the Boulevard Smokestack series (and Boulevard in general). This beer is more of a mixed bag that probably would have scored lower if the appearance and aroma weren’t top tier.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10359) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 22, 2010
750 c&c from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours very black with a foamy 3 finger dark tan head. Heavy dark fruit aroma. Full bodied, creamy carbonation. First cut is tons of medium dark chocolate. Second is musty, burnt malt. Thirds is dark fruit. Kind of like washing down chocolate coated dark fruit with iced coffee. Why not? Wowser. Great stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Cola, chocolate nose, some light chalkiness. The taste is light to moderately sweet, lightly bitter, actually it’s very smooth, lots of milk chocolate, some spicy rye. Very smooth and drinkable for the ABV. Nicely done.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3186) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2010
25.4 oz bottle. Dark brown with a foamy tan head. Nose is cocoa, cola and anise. Creamy medium body with a sharp tang. Taste is fig, raisin, chocolate and dark roast. Lingering citrus peel; a touch bitter. A pleasant break from the typical super sweet or super roasty imperial stouts.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a stringy-lacing froth of light tan head. Has a lightly sweet, doughy grainy dark caramel and chocolate nose. Starts with pretty good fullness and a sweet chewy dark caramel maltiness with some drier earthy bitterness before a roasty dark chocolate finish. A pretty complex imperial stout that’s on the drier side of the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2010
Sampler @ FRTH. Pretty beer, deep and dark, creamy white head. Nose is really pleasant oats and slightly rye whisjy spice. Flavor is the nose, though the oats take over. Light smoky/woody and a little heat in the middle which is a little out of place for the malt bill. Good, not great.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Trev (1843) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2010
black pour with a thick tan head. aroma is chocolate and dark fruit. light coffee. flavour is coffee, plum, hint of vanilla. chocolate. more dark fruit in the finish. Light creamy body.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2010
750 ml bottle. Aroma of sawdust and cocoa. Taste of smooth chocolate. Pretty straightforward stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (7899) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 27, 2010
750mL. Poured a deep brune with a healthy, yellow, lacing head. Aroma is floral hoppy, herbal fresh, citrus, orange candies. Taste is roasty, cocoa butter, dry, spicy rye, earthy/oatmeally rye, medium bitterness, drying cocoa powder, dough, caramel. Dry palate for imperial stout.


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