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RATINGS: 762   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3216) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 17, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2010 Pours a deep brown almost black with a huge tan semi loose head and plenty of lace. The aroma is fruity but somewhat soapy with some spicy hops and some phenolics, this smells nothing like an imperial stout, which kind of intrigues me. The flavor is plenty bitter and fruity with some plum and earthiness, a mild roastyness, some banana and plenty of bitterness. A very original take on the style, but not quite as successful (in my opinion) as the Boulevard Imperial Stout from the Smokestack reserve series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11079) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2010
RBWG@RLRL-750ml bottle-pours a retaining light brown head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-roasty/molasses. Taste is dark malt-roasty/molasses, some earthy hops. Full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2010
Brown pour, light tan head. Light molasses, rye and some chocolate. Flavor has the rye and hops along with some chocolate and the creaminess from the oats. Lightly flavor of peat as well. I look forward to trying a big pour of this. Very nice and very different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2010
bottle thanks to boomer0813. poured dark brown almost black with a tan colored head. aroma was dark roast, coffee, spices, and rye. flavor was much along the same lines, but with the addition of some dark fruits. body was almost medium with high carbonation. i was hoping this would be more along the lines of the previous imperial stout.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nwiseman (192) - West Lafayette, Indiana, USA - MAR 16, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2010 Bomber from shallos. Not much to smell, which is a disappointment I must admit. Pours nicely, deep brown, though the head could be darker. Tastes of molasses and some roasty oatmeal, though Iím not getting the promised fig or creme brulee flavors. Nice and foamy and goes down smooth. If you canít tell Iím fairly disappointed, as the description built up a lot of anticipation, but overall, its not the worst imperial Iíve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 16, 2010
Bottle at Shallos, shared with Brother Nathan. Pours very black with slight brown edge and quick fading brown head. Nose is very faint with slight roasted malt, dark red fruits and chocolate. Taste is mildy carbonated, fizzy chocolate with some orange-borderline Belgian notes and a dry eathy finish. Not quite what I was expecting. Not terrible, but all the components in this one seem to be at odds.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11450) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 16, 2010
75cl bottle, RBWG. Red-black body topped by large brown head. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, some bittersweet chocolate, molasses, light earthy. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, bittersweet chocolate, syrup, light burnt, earthy. Medium-full body, some stickiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7854) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Bottle thanks to angrypirate06. Pours with a huge brown head, near black body. Pretty good lace too. Chocolatey and earthy aroma. Leather, light vanilla, fudge. Lightly smokey and lightly fruity, some alcohol. Taste is chocolatey, ash, nutshells. Very earthy, light hop volatiles. Lively bubbles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - MAR 15, 2010
750ml corked and caged bottle. Served in a Tank 7 tulip. Lots of carbonation, a little too much actually. Poured a deep black with a huge head of tan foam. Roasted barley/black patent in the aroma with some dark fruit and some hops. Big, full bodied and smooth. Roasty with lots of malt. More fruit. Complex maltiness. Long lingering finish of roasted/chocolate malt. Another winner in the Smokestack series.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 15, 2010
750ml bottle. Pours very dark brown with a large tan head, some lacing. Taste of coffee, fruit, and faint molasses. I liked, but it was not outstanding.

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