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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Bottle to glass. Aroma has heavy chocolate and coffee. Black pour with large tan head. Slightly drier than most imperial stouts. Bitter finish with lingering coffee. Very excellent beer

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edgallow (3639) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2012 750 ml pours black with a tan head. Aroma of smoky malt, cocoa and coffee. Taste is also coffee and cocoa.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
dzimm27 (137) - - JAN 11, 2012
Pours dark black with thick brown head. Aroma is dark and malty, chocolatey. I am surprised there is not as much coffee in it. Taste is thick and rich with a slicht acidity at the end. Not really smooth, but smooth for a stout. I like it for a stout, but I don’t really care for stouts.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11509) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle thankfully shared by a friend, as I dropped mine on the garage floor a few months back. The beer pours black with a medium dark brown head that recedes steadily. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Roasty malt, coffee and dark fruits in the nose. Full-bodied with a roasty character of malt and coffee, along with notes of chocolate and a touch of spice. The finish is chocolatey malt with an espresso aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MOboy (504) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2012
What a beer! Big foam that you could probably walk on if you were so inclined. Black as pitch with a mouth filling effervescence that keeps this beast in check. Dark fruit, dried fruit, chocolate, cocoa powder, nuts..... Delicious.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
benpickens (483) - Camarillo, California, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Pours an inky black with ample head; tobacco and espresso notes; off-dry with moderate amount of hops in an oily palate.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2012
Pours a dark chocolate brown that appears black in the glass with a two finger, frothy beige head that very slowly fades into a lasting cap/ring. Sporadic streaks of lacing left behind. Slightly smokey roasted malt aroma with a subtle earthy hop presence that counters the dark malt and chocolate. Hints of dark chocolate, toast, rye, oatmeal and some dark fruit. Thinner bodied than expected, slightly watered down with soft carbonation up front and a deeply roasted malt character that provides a lingering bitterness. Hints of burnt toast, oatmeal, dark chocolate and coffee bean. There’s also some rye sweetness along with some subtle dark fruit notes. The ABV is well masked but this beer is a bit one- dimensional and boring.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Krotkruton (7) - Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2011 does not count
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2012 Smoky, chocolaty, and quite strong. Kind of resembles a porter, in my non-expert opinion

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2011
12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market Indianapolis. Slow gusher. Pours a dark brown color with a large dark brown frothy head. Good head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, lots of fruits including banana, strawberry and grape, brown sugar, treacle, anise. The taste is roasted malts, bitter hops, nuts, spice, plum, grape, coffee. The bitterness lingers a bit. Medium bodied, assertive carbonation. Nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (6192) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2011
12 oz. bottle from a 4-pack. Purchased at Kappy’s in Malden, MA. Beautiful presentation into a snifter. Full, thick beige head that lingered and left sheets of lacing down the side. Nose is dark fruit, roasted malt and chocolate. Nice full body. Flavors of chocolate, espresso, fig, plum and ash with a smooth lingering smoky finish. Chalky mouthfeel. Nice layers of flavors. I don’t pick-up any ABV. This snifter went down easy, went for another bottle right away. This is my kind of stout. It was worth every penny I spent.


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