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RATINGS: 860   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westkyoto77 (553) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 20, 2014
Bottle. Drank this out of season, on a 34 degree day, but still came through for me. Pitch black, even dark tan cream. Boozy nose of liquorice, dark chocolate nibs, nail polish. Velvety finish. Quite a hard hitter with flavours of coffee, dark fruits, and bourbon. Delish.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
jbrana (551) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2014
I think this bottle was infected. Tastes like green apple jolly ranchers and coffee. Kind of gross.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
docsteigs (542) - Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2013
What a complex stout! Aroma a chocolate, coffee, plum predominate. Pour is beautiful to style, Taste is complex...nicely bittered, rich malt profile, rye is evident, Belgian yeast adds something unique. This was great!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garlic_of_Doom (541) - SWEDEN - JUN 20, 2013
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a fluffy, thick light brown head, espresso coloured around the edge of the glass. Nice look! Aroma has roasted malt, coffee, some smoke/tar, slight alcohol and a slight sour fruity note. Taste was sweeter than expected. Roasted malt, dry chocolate, espresso, honey, raisins, cherries, citrus and bitter hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, carbonation is soft and low. Medium to full bodied. After taste is smooth and a bit bitter.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flemdawg (540) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Chocolate barley molasses dark fruits (plums and dates) in the aroma. Super black body with a tan head of small tight bubbles that lasts the whole way down the glass and leaves nice spiderweb lacing. Dates, rye bread, chocolate molasses and plums in the flavor. Very delicious.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marstonlad (538) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 20, 2014
Bottle from Alko Arkadia, Helsinki. A color of dark brown, nearly black, with a big brownish head. Aroma displays rich sweet maltiness: chocolate, caramel, dark plummy fruitiness with roasty notes. Taste is at first sweet and roasty, later some - but not much as in some imperial stouts - balancing bitterness. Caramel, plum and chocolaty cocoa feature in the rich taste. Drying finish with bitter notes. Thick, full body with a low carbonation. Nice dessert stout: rich and balanced. Perhaps hops could bite a bit deeper but still very enjoyable to drink.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ordybill (537) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Malt, cocoa and grain into a pretty strong aroma. Appearance- This beer is pitch black with a thick brown head. Taste- Reminds of a thick coffee (without the coffee flavor) I didn’t care for the first two sips; however it grew on me with each sip. Palate- A heavy bodied beer with mild carbonation. This beer has a creamy texture and the finish has an obvious alcohol kick. Overall- A real good stout. Highly recommended.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mauritsio (534) - FINLAND - OCT 22, 2014
Bottle from Alko lippulaiva. Black with brown xl head. Dark berries. Roasted with alcohol notes. Lasting bitterness. Some sweetness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Aroma was very noticeable as soon as I popped the top. Was even stronger during por. Taste was a bit heavy on the smoke. Still undecided on this one. I might have to rate this one again later.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
dumontn (529) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Pours black with dark brown head and good retention. Aroma is anise, baker’s chocolate, Belgian yeast spice, bleu cheese, figs, plum, roast. Taste is aggressively roasted coffee, bubblegum banana buried deep within, tons of Belgian spice but comes across as waaay to roasty. Body is light, creamy, highly carbonated, complex roasted fruity bitter finish. Overall, not really my thing. This seemed a bit unbalanced.


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