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RATINGS: 751   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhatB420 (615) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 4, 2014
12oz into a stemmed Ommengang glass, pours is muddy dark brown and straight black. Head is medium bodies, caramel brown colored, 4cm ring that subsides some, lacing is small and pretty. Aroma is roasty malts with a nice clean finish, plums, figs, sweet licorice, hops, and chocolate. Taste is muddeled fruitness with grapes, plum, sugared rasins. Roasty flare of coca and sweet figs mellowing out the malt that holds this imperial steady. Drinks with a funky cherry cola kick that is both fun and assisting in the development of the surround area, it brings the other fruits to a nice comparison. A deep satyisfying brew stands strong withe an abv that is respected and enjoyable. Another reason to enyou a dark beer.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
jbrana (414) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2014
I think this bottle was infected. Tastes like green apple jolly ranchers and coffee. Kind of gross.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (802) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Type: 12-oz. bottle Glass: 0.5L glass From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif. Price: $8.99 for a 4-pack Purchased: Jan. 29, 2014 Consumed: Jan. 31, 2014 Misc.: Best by Sept. 3, 2015 Poured a pitch black color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy dark tan head. Above average-to-good lacing along the sides. Great retention on the top all the way down. Smelled a pleasant whiff of dark sour fruits, sour cherry, plum, cocoa, chocolate, caramel, toffee and some roastiness. But really the sour fruits dominate. Tasted not really much like the smell. First was buttery dark malts. Also toffee, caramel, dark sour fruits, cocoa, smoky woodfire, plum, black cherry and chocolate. Medium-to-full body. Slick texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. Just a fantastic beer. Loved every part of this.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ModeEngage (149) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2014
http://imgur.com/IhtSpMT - Bottle. Pours opaque black with fluffy tan head that lasts and laces. Smells of bourbon, chocolate, maple, and vanilla. Drinks smoothly with mild lingering hop bitterness. Medium bodied. Tastes of maple, roasted malt, mild smoke, and dark bread. Mild astringency on the finish. Good effervescence.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EcnarM (74) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Nothing special in the aroma, but the experience improves continually from there. Nice taste on the front of your tongue that improves as it moves to the finish. Smooth and gentle leaving you waiting for the next sip. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillemsUrenkel (446) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - JAN 26, 2014
12 fl. oz. bottle bought at Bierland Hamburg. Pours oily and black in the glass. Mighty brown foamy head. Looks very good. Fresh alcoholic plums on the nose. Tastes roasty malty, dark creamy chocolate, and berry fruits. Later more dark cocolate with a pleasant hop herb and a little bit dry. Warming and very drinkable at these cold days. Great!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4663) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Rich ridiculously dark brown body with a oily, slick one centimetre tall brown head - all with a viscous and dark violet glow. Aroma of roasted malt, molasses, cherries, milk, oak, vanilla and quite a bit of nuts - pungent. Full-bodied; Strong roasty flavour with a bunch of chocolate, coffee, raisins, pit fruits, earth, oak, vanilla and toffee noticeable, all with a nutty and lightly spicey kick. Aftertaste is quite complex with the milk taste starting strong then fading to an earthy and bitter flavour with the malt, coffee and chocolate strongest - but with a good alcohol vibe and some subtle spices, this is very nice and true to the style. Overall, a great imperial stout with plenty of complexity, a nice profile and some good flavours to keep you guessing. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 04-January-2013 for US$2.99 sampled at home in Washington on our first real snow of the season, 20-January-2014. Purchased January 2013 // Best By (on bottle): 05/18/14 // Drank January 2014

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerheart65 (978) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 21, 2014
Clear, deep dark brown (black) with great densely creamy dark brown head about one finger that sticks nicely to glass’s edges while I tilt it. Looks great. Sweet and roasted with bit balancing bitterness, licorice, ripe dark fruits, chocolate, bit spicey. Lively and nuanced aroma. Full palate, soft but roasted and bitter, drier than aroma but sweet notes are here also, finish is sweet, alcohol present but under good flavors, full body, soft carbonation. Great beer, welldone all the way, looks, aroma, flavors, palate, balance, lively and lots of character, highly recommended!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marstonlad (402) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 20, 2014
Bottle from Alko Arkadia, Helsinki. A color of dark brown, nearly black, with a big brownish head. Aroma displays rich sweet maltiness: chocolate, caramel, dark plummy fruitiness with roasty notes. Taste is at first sweet and roasty, later some - but not much as in some imperial stouts - balancing bitterness. Caramel, plum and chocolaty cocoa feature in the rich taste. Drying finish with bitter notes. Thick, full body with a low carbonation. Nice dessert stout: rich and balanced. Perhaps hops could bite a bit deeper but still very enjoyable to drink.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Newmassres (20) - - JAN 19, 2014
So good. Hard to compare it. Stands out over most imperial stouts with the fig component. Simply delicious


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