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RATINGS: 883   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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.

ACHops' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (989) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2012
12oz bottle from Super Deli Mart. Pours pitch black with thick mocha head. Aroma is unexpected: big funky tart smell with notes of fig, raisin, licorice. Taste is heavy charred roasty malts, followed by sweet yeasty flavors, then nice hoppy bitterness. Nice thick mouthfeel although the body doesn’t seem that viscous. Definitely not a traditional imperial stout, but I like this take on the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnstone (2385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 6, 2015
Dark in color with off-white head. Aroma is an odd blend of Belgian yeast and sweet roasty notes. Flavor is roasty followed by sweet dry fruit with a light bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tessic (967) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2015
This imp stout poured a deep black with a big, beautiful brown, creamy head. Scents include coffee, cocoa, and light smoke. First swig had substantial carbonation with a thick, med sweet mouthfeel. Flavours of coffee, smoke and roast most prominent. Finish is roasty and smoked and lingers for quite a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ExpendableHero (787) - Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2015
Very dark, cola looking beer with a frothy, brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate and dark fruit. Tastes of dark/bitter chocolate, some plums, raisins, and hints of molasses. Bittersweet cacao finish. Some spices finish up the flavor profile. Chalky and dry mouth feel. Flavors open up as it warms a bit. Excellent balance of sweet and bitter in this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopmaestro (719) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2015
Backlog from lost & found notes: Aroma of sweet but yet roasted malts, dark choco, dark bread, tar. Taste is complex and brings a plethora of taste experiences. Prunes and raisins, sweet dark fruits, burnt caramel, nuts, black peppercorn, tobacco and sea salt. Very complex and superb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hfmejias (1082) - Dover, Delaware, USA - AUG 14, 2015
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Pours black with thin brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits and alcohol. Taste is malty (roasted), some coffee, some chocolate and certainly booze. Finish is a little on the dry side. Overall a good stout, no regrets beer. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (11036) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2015
Bottle [from trade with mista, thanks!] @ home. Opaque dark brown head with a slight dark red glare coming through when held into the light, average to medium sized light brown head. Aroma is malts, roast, some dark fruits. Tastes about the same: malts, roasted malts, dark fruits, somehow I get a hint of wood and slightly liquor, quite bitter as well. Medium body and carbonation. Nice one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2464) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2015
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of dark bread, toasted and bitter chocolate, light resin for the hops, Light to moderate dough and earth for the yeast, with tar and alcohol in the background. Head is average sized, creamy with good slippery lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is full, creamy with a lively carbonation and has a slightly tart and sticky on the lips finish. A real nice Imperial Stout with a bit of a twist. Full of everything bold and powerful with a tangy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopwine (575) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2015
Nose is candied prune, light milk chocolate, faint spice. Flavor is same plus creme brûlée, espresso, earth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lightbias (330) - USA - JUL 26, 2015
I’ve been holding onto the bottle for quite a while, partly because it’s hard for me to find this, and partly because there are some things that just need a time and a place. I don’t know why it was today, but it was today for the Dark Truth Stout. I open the bottle and bring the neck to my nose, inhaling in short, sharp breaths at first and then long, lung-expanding draws. The aroma is deep, complex, full of dark, over-ripe plums, dark-roasted coffee and char. There’s a mellow vanilla that soothes the savage smokiness in the cooler brew, but can’t fight the battle as the beer warms. -- Its deep, nut-brown liquid is blanketed with a dense, milk-chocolate head about a finger deep, frothy and soft. I tip the glass and draw a swallow through that head and between my lips, allowing it to wash over my teeth and gums, flooding my mouth with warmth, despite the temperature of the beer. Immediately the refined complexity of the liquid transforms into a more primal experience, exposing itself with a smooth, dark veracity that divulges all the layers of the aroma in a less complex form. There is a small sting on my gums, a side effect, for me, of the rye, and a slight dryness on the edges of my tongue. The flavor is weighted with more tobacco than the aroma, and as the beer warms, I find the Belgian yeast in the background, delivering spices and that unmistakable funk that was there in the beginning, but with no apparent source. Now I find that source. It took a certain temperature to be aware of it, but damn, now that it’s there, it’s fantastic! Another layer peeled back for my gustatory enjoyment! I had this rated, but just added another tick for overall. A phenomenal finish, smooth and unassuming; everything about this beer disappear in just a few minutes. A fantastic brew. Now I’m glad I waited...now I’m glad I bought two. Wow. Yum. --

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrik (418) - - JUL 25, 2015
Flarra. Tydligt syrlig i doften. Smakar rätt sött komplext som om den är lagrad på fat. Kanske den är?. Rätt torr eftersmak å litet inslag av syra å kaffe. Inte så chokladig som många Imp Stout.. Tyvär för syrlig eftersmak .,

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