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RATINGS: 923   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   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.

brewskis' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2013 Pours dark as night with a two and a half finger dark, creamy mocha colored head. The head is surprising for the style and alcohol content. Leaves some thick lacing. Smells of dark chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, some peat, fig, plum, some spiciness from the belgian yeast and hops, molasses. Tastes very much like it smells. At the start you get an intense roastiness. Roasted chocolate, espresso, some peat and ash characters. Then in the middle you get a lot more sweet qualities. Get the dark fruits like sweet plum and fig, as well as some milk chocolate and molasses. The finish is more roasted flavors, some tobacco, plum, some tart qualities, a lot more peat, stays sweet too. Perhaps a tiny bit of alcohol on the finish, but goes well with the intense roasted qualities. Creamy and sticky mouthfeel throughout. Pretty full body. Gets more complex as it warms. This is a terrific, complex imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowe1983 (1517) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2016
Pours a black color with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. Flavor is mostly the roasted malts and coffee. Finishes with some alcohol warming and some bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tsekouratos (595) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - SEP 5, 2016
355 ml bottle from Beergium, Belgium. Pours black with a thick light brown head. Aromas of dark fruits, roasted barley. Taste is balanced, with roasted malts, coffee, some raisins, dark fruits, chocolate. Medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gonzin (182) - ARGENTINA - SEP 2, 2016
Esta stout va como piña. Probada en botella de 330 ml adquirida en New Beer Distributors, septiembre 2016. 8/10 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scooterbub (1027) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - AUG 28, 2016
12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark black with a thin tan head. Taste is of raisins, dark fruit, hops, Similar aroma. Has a decent body with a fruit finish. Overall, not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrjez (459) - Osaka, JAPAN - AUG 3, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2016 Bottle. Pours black with a low tan head, not sticky. Lovely complex aroma, dark fruits, dark chocolate, a touch of rye, booze, Belgian yeast. Sharp bitter flavour, releasing roasted chocolate malt, spice, coffee, berries. Nice smooth feel after the initial fizz, mouth coating, some warmth, medium-full mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (3002) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 17, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2016 Bottle (from beergium). Pours dark brown-black with light brownish head. The head stays. Aroma is sweet, roast, Belgian yeast, spices, fruits, malt. Flavor is sweet and bitter, fresh fruits, dark chocolate, roast, malt. Finish is sweet and dark chocolate bitter with some fruits and booze. Overall: very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ContemplateBeer (1996) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 11, 2016
6 oz. from a 12 oz. bottle; from Old Town. Aroma: Moderate fig jam; moderate coffee roast; light chocolate fudge; light molasses. Appearance: Dark garnet brown with very soft carbonation holding up a wispy tan head. Flavor: Strong fig and molasses initially; roast and chocolate thereafter but in a more dried-out way; the finish has a touch of smoke. Palate: Full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, abrupt finish. Overall: Quite good all around; I like that the sweetness/booze level were both kept well in check; the fruitiness here also reminds me a bit of foreign stouts, which I enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markextrae (3856) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 7, 2016
sample from bottle, poured a darker black colour with a small tanned ring on top. nose of some light toasted malts, dark fruits, mocha, light sweet cacao, earthy plums, and a slight belgian yeast notice. taste has more roasted malts notice, ashy, and sweet dark fruits. bitter chocolate makes it a bit dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
v8powered (146) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 4, 2016
Pours dark black with tan head. Aroma of malt, Belgian yeast, candied sugar, and alcohol. Flavor of big malty stout with dried fruit, and Belgian yeast. Didn't know this had Belgian yeast when I got it but it is an interesting flavor that brings out the fruitiness of the malt. Well balanced and enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Block (2207) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 26, 2016
Dark black pour. Thin brown head. Aroma is a little bit roasted, some coffee but not much. Chocolate. Flavor is more chocolate with lots of cooked malts. Not too much alcohol comes through. Smooth.

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