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RATINGS: 923   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wedgie9 (2633) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 12, 2011
Bottle shared by a kind soul at the 2011 Flossmoor Station Pre-DLD party, best before 7/9/11. Pours opaque black with a thick, tan head, that leaves thick, even lace. The nose is darkly roasted malt, along with semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, and just a hint of vanilla. The flavor is a tad sweeter, with the chocolate and vanilla coming through nicely, along with darkly roasted malt, coffee, and a lightly bitter finish. The body is full with average carbonation, and a long lightly bitter coffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Newk (299) - - OCT 9, 2011
pours black with a nice and small foamy head rich and complex nose of roasted coffee beans, hot caramel, toffee and some malt tones as well full bodied with a real good feel. Mostly toffee, malt, and roasted coffee beans One of my favorite stouts. While Imperial stouts arenít something I drink often, this is a real quality beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
storminorman (78) - Arizona, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Beautiful black pour. Tastes sweet ad dark. Smell is great. Love it. I would recommend to anyone who likes stouts

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andyhwcinc (1846) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Purchased at Armanettiís in Chicago, IL; enjoyed after seeing the movie 50/50 on a nice Sunday night. This is my 666th rating, figured Iíd rate a dark stout, seems fitting. Appearance is pitch black with a very rich, abundant tan head that rims around the glass. Aroma of chocolate, also notes of dark fruit (plum), a bit of lactose, also a touch of dark roast coffee. Taste is full bodied, smooth, abundant chocolate presence, slightly smoky, a touch of bitterness, lively carbonation thatís more medium than heavy. Very enjoyable, well balanced, and tasty stout, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2011
A very nice imperial stout, with notes of dark fruit, chocolate, and alcohol in the nose, with an added roastiness in the flavors to balance out the sweetness of the previously mentioned flavors. Very drinkable but also nice and deep in its flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2011
Sampled this at both ABR and Minneapolis Beer Fest. Has a wonderful mouthfeel and nice aroma, but is really too simple for this style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (2391) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2012 Date: September 24, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: Minneapolis Beer Fest. Full description not available as I sampled way too many beers in 4.5 hours! Had again March 18, 2012, opaque dark brown pour with huge tan head and lacing. Aroma was roasty, yeast, spice, and fruity. Taste was consistnet with aroma. Smooth and medium body. Changing appearance to a 5.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours black as oil with lots of creamy light brown head. The aroma is a strong blend of brown sugar, chocolate malt, vanilla and toffee. The taste starts out heavy on the caramel, molasses and roasted malt flavors with some espresso, vanilla, cherry and rum notes at the end. The body is silky smooth with soft carbonation and a dry, roasty finish with a mild alcohol burn. Overall, an excellent Imperial Stout with lots of complex dark fruit and roasty caramelized sugar flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thome50 (1285) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Shared with some friends at a stout tasting. Pours a medium dark brown with a nice tan head that retained for the first few sips. Aroma isnít overpowering but has more malt and roasted oats than any other stout tasted that evening. Some vanilla and coffee but nothing overpowering. Taste was surprising with lots of oats, malt, some hops and still the right amount of dark chocolate and stone fruit. The mouthfeel was not overwhelming which was a nice change of pace. A very drinkable imperial stout if such is possible. Overall, I would seek this out again for another tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crackedmachine (479) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Pours a deep, opaque black with a robust and lasting tan head. Grainy aroma with elements of yeast and dried fruit. Flavor is very rich and sweet, with tons of roasted malt, mild hops, and a bit of bitter chocolate on the finish. Prominent alcohol heat. Lively carbonation keeps it crisp and not too heavy, but doesnít fit terribly well with the flavors.

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