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RATINGS: 840   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.


2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jrallen34 (3487) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2011
12oz bottle... dark brown almost black, light tan head rises three fingers, good retention and lace but the head isn’t very compact... the nose is roasty with some vanilla, but has a hint of mold and alcohol on the finish which detracts a lot... the taste is charred on steroids, its almost burning way too much alcohol, how is this only 9.7%... hugely disappointing, don’t bother

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9891) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2011
Bottle… Pours nearly black with glints of mahogany and a mid-sized, cappuccino-colored head. The complex aroma offers fresh whole grain dough, singed caramel, dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, hints of dates and plum, a whisper of licorice and a rumor of pouch tobacco. Medium to full-bodied with nearly expired carbonation. Flavors of sweet black chocolate and gooey caramel intermingle with dried dark fruits and unsweetened espresso. Finishes carbonaceous and bittersweet, then winds up fairly dry. This sample was exposed to oxygen for a good while. I’ll give it another go when I get a replacement bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2011
12 oz. bottle, split with mcberko. Pours black with a small caramel head. Aroma of dark chocolate, smoke, hairspray, and some sweetness. Flavour is chocolatey and smokey, quite hoppy with a slight whiskey quality and espresso in the aftertaste. Smooth on the palate with a mildly bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (8040) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2011
12 oz. bottle, split with Matts_Property, pours black with a substantial tan head. Aroma of toasted malt, burnt notes, slight espresso and sort of a charcoal quality. Flavour is quite hoppy for a stout, with a considerably woody quality, roasted malts and espresso. Hoppy, boozy finish. Interesting, though a bit off the mark.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerfest5 (1199) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 7, 2011
very creamy, very smooth, would definitely need to share this one, thank god it was just a sample glass at the ACBF in Boston. Would love to have a bottle of it to really get a good sense of it properly.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4995) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2011
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a nice light brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and light lactose notes. Taste is also an easily drinkable mix between some lightly dry roasted malt with some lactose notes and a black chocolate finish. Body is quite full with creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Not the most complex beer ftom this brewer but well brewed nonetheless with good complexity level.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiercepanda (605) - Missouri, USA - JUN 3, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2011 A black beer with a red tinge and a thick tan head. The aroma is plum, dried fruit, and a slight smokiness. The flavor is roasted and smoky with a rich taste of raisin and prune. Well balanced and extremely smooth despite the high ABV.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5090) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2011
12oz Bottle – Gravity Beer Market - Olympia, WA
Dark Black in color, clear with a thin tan head. Big Dark malt and coffee aroma lingering chocolate also is there. The flavor was a thick mass of dark malts coffee and chocolate. Tasty beer this warms up well and was very drinkable. Great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (5106) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2011
Bottle shared by a friend. Dark brown pour with a medium tan head. Roasted malt aroma with chocolate and dark fruit. Bitter dark chocolate and roasted malt flavor with some dark fruit character before a bitter a coffee finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thegreenrooster (3395) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Pour is a jet black with a large tan head. Aroma is lots of roasted malt with a nice chocolate and molasses. Flavor is stellar. Tons of dark roasted malt with a nice coffee and chocolate. Finish has some anise and a nice bacon meatyness. Very nice Impy stout with each sip bringing something else out to tantalize the sences.


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