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RATINGS: 793   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3259) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 18, 2010
750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased somewhere locally, can’t remember. Batch 2010-1, best before 01/13. Pours with a ton of khaki head, almost 4 inches to about an inch of black beer. Really pretty settling. Falls slowly into a rocky head, with thick lacing. Aroma of light roast, grainy malt, rye spice, some general straw and earth. Almost spicy nose, fresh and clean. Taste is some roast and dried fruit malt sweetness up front, giving way to spicy rye and the grassy straw in the end. The finish lingers with an ashy roastiness and is quite dry. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, spicy dry finish - really easy drinking for a beer of this weight. This is a nice departure from the boozy sweet bomb imperial stouts. Another classy super well made beer from Boulevard.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fratto (2626) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2010
Bottle from Cavie. Dark pour with a nice head. Aroma is sweet malts, roasted, chocolate, biscuit, spice, and alcohol. Taste is pepper, roasted, bitter cocoa, and a little coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (3808) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2011 Bottle from Halls. Pours dark black with a large head response. Smells of dark malts with an alcoholic sweetness. Slight butter flavor with roasted notes. Finishes dry and bitter. A little disappointing. 3.1
RE-RATE 1/3/11 courtesy Mora2000. Pours a very dark brown color with a tan bready head. Aroma is dry cocoa with dark bread and chocolate roast. Flavor is roasted malt, a little sweet and smoky notes. Finishes dark and roasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1311) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2010
750ml bottle, batch 2010-1 best by 01/13. Pours a dark brown-black with a huge creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted chocolate, dark fruits, some smoke, some wood and some sherry like alcohol with a bit of a cardboardy finish.

The flavor is roasted chocolate, sweet sugary dark fruits, and vinous alcohol, with a cardboardy bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer with lots going on. I didn’t really care for the blend of everything though and there were some off notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (9883) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2010
750 mL bottle. Pours opaque with good clarity; medium-high, foamy-frothy tan to brown head with good retention. Aroma is moderate dark fruity esters, plum and fig; dark roasted malt, chocolate, oat sweetness, and rye spiciness. Medium noble spicy hops with a lightly smoked nose. Flavor is moderate bitter dark malt, roasted, chocolate, oats, and rye; good balance between malt and dark fruity esters, plum, fig, and raisin. Light smoke and vanilla, licorice; light to medium spicy hop flavor and bitterness with a dry finish. Full body, moderate-high carbonation, and a silky texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2010
Bottle. Pours a black body with a tan head. Chocolate malt tones, milky and sweet, with a modestly boozy body and some light oak. Roast y with a dry mineral finish and a modest warming. My sample was very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5159) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 7, 2010
Dark brown pour with tan head and lace. Chocolate and light coffee. Chocolate with a good malt bitter a hint of abv and astringent. Foamy thin and watery. ok beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (9961) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2010
750 mnl corked and caged bottle poured a translucent dasrk brown nearly black with a las ting tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, plum, fig, light esresso and light carmel. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, plum, espresso, fig and smoke with a smooth lingering smoky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - APR 7, 2010
Pours is a deep black (obviously) with a thick, light brown head. Aroma is fairly complex with espresso and dark roast coffee, followed by caramelized sugar, overripe figs, some spicy hops and a lingering hint of fruity esters from the incorporation of Belgian yeast. The flavor is a competition between the roasted espresso and the fruity esters of plums/figs with hints of herbal hops and caramelized sugar. Mouthfeel is moderately thick and creamy, with more carbonation than most stouts. Overall a unique take on the IS.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2010
Pours black with a light-ish brown head, pretty large, fluffy and long lasting. Aroma of coffee, toast, licorice, mint, plums, raspberries, some dark chocolate and leaves. Tastes of dark chocolate, cinnamon, toast, licorice, black tea, peppery spice, and dried fruit. Finishes like unsweetened chocolate, peppery spice, tea, and espresso with plenty of sambuca poured in it. Plenty bitter. Medium-heavy bodied, fluffy highly carbonated mouthfeel, nice and creamy while being true to the Belgian yeast that fermented it. Good balance of malty/dry/spice/yeast/bitterness and all that, but it seems each element is a little too easily deciphered. But I like the balance and subtlety and wonder if this will mellow over time...

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