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RATINGS: 919   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bbbeer (710) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Very dark brown with large tan head. Aroma is roasted coffee, chocolate, maltiness. Medium-full body, don’t really notice the alcohol. Sweet and roasty up front, drier on the finish with some dark fruits and maybe hops. Lots of interesting elements perhaps not all in ideal balance.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - FEB 11, 2012
12oz bottle. super pitch black with only a touch of brown int he edges. heavy tan head. the aroma plays like fig roasted with some brown sugar on top and some pit fruit from that Belgian yeast. The taste is light and sweet but finishes much more roasty and coffee. Just a touch slick palate. little sour and booze in the end. odd mix of belgium and brit style.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Bottle: best by 07/27/13. Poured black with a tan head. Aroma of dark fruits. The flavor found roast, dark fruit, and hints of spice and coffee. Medium to full body, roast aftertaste, and a hint of alcohol.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerdrinker79 (2004) - Idaho, USA - FEB 4, 2012
12 oz. bottle- Pours inky black with a huge dark mocha colored head and spiderweb lacework coats the glass, beautiful looking beer in my tulip. Aroma is chocolatey and dark fruits, prominently plum, mildly spicy. The taste is creamy velvety chocolate with a sweet dark fruitiness, mildly dry bitterness, espresso coffee is there too. Body is huge, creamy, carbonation is medium. Great beer, what I love about it is the Belgian yeast doesn’t overpower any of the other flavors, everything blends wonderfully, will savor my other three bottles.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen (10475) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Bottle @ Dan’s house. 2010 vintage. Black appearance with a dark brown head. A touch fruity (plum, grape), mild dark chocolate, light caramel aroma. Earthy, grassy hoppy, roasty dark chocolate malty, anise, Belgian yeasty, mild coffee, bandaid flavor with a touch of smoke on the finish. Honestly, I really don’t enjoy stouts with a Belgian yeast.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a foamy beige head. Nose is dark fruits, grape skins, toffee, cocoa, roasted malts. Big and chewy, velvety, lots carbonation on the tongue, dry yet sticky finish. Flavors of light alcohol, raisins, light piney hops, maybe some grapes or cherries? Delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (390) - Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Inky dark with nice two finger head. Huge roasted and fruity aromas. Tastes of dark and dried fruits, complex maltiness, and well balanced hop backbone. Great stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
johno (185) - Galveston, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Pours an utter black, dark brown head, great lacing if you’re into that sort of thing. Aroma isn’t explosive, but deep and complex; dark and roasty, has an inkiness to it, dirt, black fruit.. quite dark. Quite viscous and creamy, palate-coating, with a distinct, expressive finish, balanced, bitter and sweet elements, dark chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla in the finish, delicious, finish lasts, warming but not overheated, well-made... excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Pours very dark with big thick three finger head. Nice big bubbles and the head lasts for a while. Smell is rich, roasty, and robust. Lot’s of coffee on the head. Bits of coco. Very sweet and inviting. Mouthfeel a bit ashy. Robust coffee flavors, as well as chocolate. Hard to pick out the alcohol. Great stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rondphoto (3964) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Opaque black color with a good brown head and fair lacing. Taste is mostly strong roasted caramel malt. There are hints of chocolate and coffee, but not at all strong like one encounters in American strong stout. There is alcohol bittering at the finsih. Overall, a filling, but excellent brew. High recommendations.


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