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RATINGS: 770   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (3964) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Dark, black in color, tan colored head. The smell is roasty, chocolate, malts, coffee, and toasty. The taste is slightly dried fruits, chocolate, malts, coffee, roast, and toast.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Deep chocolate brown, dark tan head. Rather simple roasty, nutty aroma with a slight harsh yeast edge. Somewhat alcoholic, liquerish. Weird boozy, almost banana-y flavor, oaky, rather roasty. Slight overripe basementiness. Moderately bitter, again roasty finish, lightly sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4848) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2010
black with a thick cream head. coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and light smoke. nice palate, big roasted coffee with roasted malts and a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5705) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Pours dark brown to black with a large tan head. The aroma is coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and dark fruit. There is some bitterness either from the hops or the malt. Creamy, soft thick mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cho7a7 (5) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2010 does not count
Serving Type: Bottle (750 ml) Glassware: Pinot Noir Glass Color (hue and head): Deep and dark with dirty, frothy head. Slowly settles to consistent, thin tan lace across the top. Clarity: abyssal Aroma: sweet and smoky Taste: Bakers chocolate, cinnamon spices, rich malt. Hints rye and roasted coffee. Warm and lingering finish. Grade: 91/100 (A-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Bottle. Poured an opaque black color. The head was thick and brown with good retention and lacing. Distinct spicy Belgian yeast aroma, especially clove, that mingled nicely with chocolate, subdued anise, dark fruits, and roast. Loved the smell. Medium to full bodied with relatively lively carbonation. Slightly sweet up front. Roasty and a bit bitter toward the end. Clove, ginger, coffee, bitter chocolate, and fig, light pine flavors. I enjoyed this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2010
750mL bottle, Batch number 2010-1, Best by date 01/13 from pepsican--thanks Andy! Clear deep brown with a big three finger tan head, retained for the duration. Roasted malts and Belgian yeast dominate with some chocolate and faint smoke and coffee. There is also some herbal hops and light spice. Flavor is really burnt (like, really really) and adds some tangy soy and raisin notes. Wow, did they accidentally dump in a shit ton of black patent in and forget to taste this before bottling? It was kind of hard to pick out the Belgian yeast in the flavor. Dry finish with burnt bitterness peaking at a 6 that lingers with some alcohol. Moderately high carbonation with a medium full body. Very disappointed--hopefully the Rye on Rye will make me happy again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerme1 (18) - , Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Pours as dark as the bottle, nice dark tan head which laces all the way down. Smells fruity and bitter with almost a bourbon sour, tastes of dark chocolate, nice hop backing, rye bread, dark roasty malts, that fit right in with the body and mouthfeel. The finishing roast that complements each drink you take. Nice change from recent smokestacks. Recommend. Nice full flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3280) - 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 (11083) - 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.

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