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RATINGS: 788   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11251) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 22, 2010
750 c&c from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours very black with a foamy 3 finger dark tan head. Heavy dark fruit aroma. Full bodied, creamy carbonation. First cut is tons of medium dark chocolate. Second is musty, burnt malt. Thirds is dark fruit. Kind of like washing down chocolate coated dark fruit with iced coffee. Why not? Wowser. Great stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tennisjoel (1180) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Pours a deep red brown hue with a stunning head formation. Rich aroma of cocoa, nuts, vanilla, anise, and cola like sugary sweetness. Flavor is kind of straight forward and a little one dimensional. ABV is very well hidden. I never would have guessed 9.7%. What started out as a really interesting aroma and appearance, is less than interesting in flavor, which is too bad. Usually I’ve been super impressed with the Boulevard Smokestack series (and Boulevard in general). This beer is more of a mixed bag that probably would have scored lower if the appearance and aroma weren’t top tier.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3371) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2010
25.4 oz bottle. Dark brown with a foamy tan head. Nose is cocoa, cola and anise. Creamy medium body with a sharp tang. Taste is fig, raisin, chocolate and dark roast. Lingering citrus peel; a touch bitter. A pleasant break from the typical super sweet or super roasty imperial stouts.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Trev (1945) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2010
black pour with a thick tan head. aroma is chocolate and dark fruit. light coffee. flavour is coffee, plum, hint of vanilla. chocolate. more dark fruit in the finish. Light creamy body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2010
Sampler @ FRTH. Pretty beer, deep and dark, creamy white head. Nose is really pleasant oats and slightly rye whisjy spice. Flavor is the nose, though the oats take over. Light smoky/woody and a little heat in the middle which is a little out of place for the malt bill. Good, not great.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
That1Guy (1941) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2010
Crushed with Honkeybra at Falling Rock. Very malty and coffee. Got some burnt wood kinda flavor with a hop kick at the end. Pretty cool.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - SEP 15, 2010
tap at flying saucer beerfest. pours dark black with towering tan head. aromas of chocolate, burnt leaves and coffee. flavors in the mouth are the same with a moderate sweetness. fairly long finish. pretty darn good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jefcon (1400) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2010
A whopping big stout, with an out-of-control head and a thick, black, oozing meal of a beer. Oats and coffee, plum and raisin, honey and black pepper. A real treat, mostly as a credit to the fine balance of ingredients and the sheer weight of the brew.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3201) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Draft at F.S. KC. Poured like you would expect from an impy stout. Surprisingly faint aroma of roasted malts. The flavor was dominated by bitter chocolate making it a bit one dimensional.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2625) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 8, 2010
750ml, Jan. 2010 bottling. Soft but interesting aroma of dark chocolate, roasty malts, prune, spicy, doughy yeast, earth, and faint coffee with cream. Opaque ebony in color with a lasting tan head and attractive sheets of lacing. Flavor profile is roasty, malty and sweet, with accents of yeast spice, raisin and herbal hop, finishing a bit drier with a blend of dark fruit, chocolate, moderate bitterness and espresso. The darkly roasted malts lend a touch of acidity to the active, warming, thickly coating palate, while the body is respectably full. A bit of a lighter and subtler variation in the theme of the Imperial Stout by the same brewer. A worthy creation in its own right, however.


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