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RATINGS: 923   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ttoadee (1286) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2015
No light, just black. A tan head greets you, but it too leaves. Still black. Fresh cherries, dried fruit, chocolate, and a hint of Belgian yeast fill the nose. This is bittersweet defined. Middle is Hershey’s syrup in a cup of strong coffee. Finish feels boozy, but the tongue is all about sweet and smoky. A dangerous beer you should try.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jspencer78 (32) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Pitch black with a creamy tan head. Lots of chocolate and coffee on the nose. Dark fruit, chocolate and coffee fading to a very nice light burn.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
CopterScott (245) - Kansas, USA - JUL 17, 2015
Black with a 2 finger smooth tan head that leaves lacing. aroma is roast, cocoa, and booze. flavor is molasses, booze, roast, and some cocoa and coffee. sticky mouthfeel

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madelfonatree (317) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2015
Look - Dark oil body. Thin tin head. Little lacing. Smell - Chocolate. Coffee. Smoke. Belgian. Alcohol. Taste - Belgian sweetness on tongue. Chocolate and coffee. Almost fruity. Fades to dry, smoky alcohol on tongue. Feel - Heavy. Dry.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2558) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2015
a bit boozy bourbon with malt and a touch of plum and prune tempered with a hint of smoke and perhaps cocoa which perhaps is just a roast of the malt. refreshing with its lack of coffee, dark chocolate and ash and smoke to name a few bastardizations of where the style has gone... humming bitterness seemingly from from real hops and also nicely muted. dry finish and yeasty character puts the brew in good company. pure enjoyment and a real cigar brew

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
G_Ram9 (93) - - JUN 27, 2015
A nice big stout. Subtlety smokey but not overwhelming. A good heavy stout but not too much to handle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mxyzlpltk (7) - WeSt palm beach, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2015 does not count
Pour black with tan head, smells of dark fruit, maybe raisin and plum with some savory spice element and some slight roasted notes and dark chocolate. Taste of espresso roast, dark chocolate subtle sweetnes. Long complex finish that dance on my tounge. I think this is a great beer to end the night with.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (4258) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 19, 2015
Bottle in Baltimore. Black pour, foamy tan head. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, coffee, some licorice and quite herbal. Flavor is a bit dry, bitter and with quite some carbonation. Not bad at all, but also a bit boring.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2757) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Woody smell, a bit soapy, some sort of coriander-esque spicy woodsy pinecone, I think. Some dark plummy fruit. Dark brown to black color, dark brown foamy head. Semi sweet flavors, very figgy, with a roasted burnt caramel background, dry woody finish, nice velvety texture.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (8127) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 9, 2015
12/V/15 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle from a trade @ home - BB: VII/2015 (2015-609) Thanks to hackobock for te trade!

Clear dark brown to almost black beer, creamy beige head, pretty stable, adhesive, leaving some patches of lacing in the glass. aroma: very rich, caramel, mocha, lots of dark chocolate, cocoa powder. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body, bit syrupy, thick texture. Taste: bit sweet, some caramel, pretty bitter, very roasted, charcoal, dark chocolate. Aftertaste: bit sourish, bitter hops, some caramel, very roasted.


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