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RATINGS: 791   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (14095) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2014
Bottle. Huge creamy head with excellent duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich roast malt, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, notes of smoke and hops. Nice dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (13848) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle bought at GBBF 2013 and drunk at home. Black beer lasting thin tan head. Quite intense. I mean it is an imperial stout. Yes it’s big and lots of chocolate and coffee and it’s perfectly nice and drinkable. But come on, like everyone has done it and I’m slightly bored of them now. Absolutely fine, some alcohol burn towards the end. But nothing wrong with it, I’m just a little bored of the style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (13693) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2013
Bottle, at Bakgården Både &. It pours a small, dense, light tan head over a pitch black body. The aroma is roasted and sweetish, with coffee and a lightly piney, grassy touch. The flavor is on the sweet side, roasted and coffeeish, with some bitterness trying to bring balance. Full body, some warmth, and quite dry-ish. Lasting finish with the roasted malts and sweetness dominating. Nice. 130520

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (12815) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2013
Bottled 330ml Arkadia. Dark opaque brown color, good steady brown head. Aroma has some cellary and tart notes, licorice and smokeyness. When warms up, more pleasant roasted aroma. Full-bodied. Roasted malty, dark chocolate, alcohol and licorice. Heavy stuff. Good but not particulary interesting strong impy.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (12286) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2010
750 ml bottle. Aroma of sawdust and cocoa. Taste of smooth chocolate. Pretty straightforward stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2011
(12oz bottle, courtesy of Mora2000) Pours an opaque black body with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, some dark fruits, and grass. Flavor of black licorice, dates, roasted malt, light plum, and chocolate with a somewhat chalky mouthfeel and dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11568) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (11343) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle @ Bishops Arms, Gustav Adolfs Torg, Malmö. Black with a big and lasting brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt and burnt. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. Oily. 080214

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (11322) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2011
Bottle at the Funky 7, Brooklyn. Pours black with a big, creamy tan head. Superb character all around. Loads of coffee, dark roast malts, burnt sugar. Full bodied with average carbonation. Chocolate and dry roast malts in the finish. Great complexity to this one.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11252) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 22, 2010
750 c&c from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours very black with a foamy 3 finger dark tan head. Heavy dark fruit aroma. Full bodied, creamy carbonation. First cut is tons of medium dark chocolate. Second is musty, burnt malt. Thirds is dark fruit. Kind of like washing down chocolate coated dark fruit with iced coffee. Why not? Wowser. Great stuff.


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