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RATINGS: 923   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2012 Smell is coffee, alcohol, toffee, roasted richness. Flavor is similar - some Belgian yeast as well, like plums, which is to my liking as a Belgian fan. Pairs well with the small cake I am having now. Well balanced imperial stout - ABV well hidden also.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
high_on_hops (809) - Burlingame, California, USA - NOV 3, 2011
A foamy brown head with an aroma of roasted barley, hops, and a bit of coffee and chocolate. The flavor is complex, with the roasted oat and coffee the strongest, and some chocolate and some sweetness in the aftertaste. The body is also nice, slightly fizzy at first and then very smooth.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours black as oil with lots of creamy light brown head. The aroma is a strong blend of brown sugar, chocolate malt, vanilla and toffee. The taste starts out heavy on the caramel, molasses and roasted malt flavors with some espresso, vanilla, cherry and rum notes at the end. The body is silky smooth with soft carbonation and a dry, roasty finish with a mild alcohol burn. Overall, an excellent Imperial Stout with lots of complex dark fruit and roasty caramelized sugar flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2013
12oz Bottle. The pour was a murky jet black with a large (2-3 finger) tan rocky head that slowly receded, down to a large puddle and collar of residue that lasted throughout, creating excellent thick sheets of lacing. The aroma was of a dark roasted biscuit malt, light resin hops and a leathery Belgian yeast with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, licorice, dark fruit (plum and black cherry), a bit of ash and a bold alcohol tinge. The taste was rich, roasty and malty sweet with a hint of chocolate from the beginning, becoming slightly bitterer with a strong coffee presence. It then progressed further with mildly tart and fruity taste and a bold smoky alcohol finish. The flavor lasted a good long time after the swallow with a light chocolate fruitiness giving way to the smoky roasty taste that lingered on for a while longer. Mouthfeel was quite full in body and a somewhat dry texture with an almost lively carbonation. Overall I found this brew to be bold, tasty, enticing and vastly complex. There is not much more to be said except this is a superb brew with a fantastic drinkability. This is just another example of how good this brewer is… www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerReviews

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ddemmingjr (797) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Bottle from Blanc Burger. Pours a deep,dark chocolate with a cinnamon frothy head. Milk, vanilla, chipotlle, cedar on the nose, rich mouthfeel, alcohol is present but subdued,milky, spicy characteristics, roasted malts, dry hopped hops add to this interesting brew. It works and is worth sampling.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 6, 2013
A - Pours jet black with a one finger velvety mocha head of tight bubbles that dissa S -Oozing of rich milk chocolate. Roasted almond and hints of grassy grainy hops. Acidic apples, grapes, and dark fruit come out as it warms up. T - Apple smoked wood, creamy dark chocolate, fruity yeast, roasted husked grain, nice amount of acidic fruits, rumy alcohol. Finishes tart and bitter. Aftertaste is coffee, toasted cereal, and a touch of spicy hops. M - A good amount of carbonation, soft and creamy, a bit of warmth. Big time flavors going on. Sweet, roasty, earthy, fruity, smokey, tart, spicy, etc. Another winner for the smockstack series. Not your everyday Imperial Stout. Serving type: bottle 03-03-2011

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bricktop86 (783) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 9, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2012 Pours dark brown with a lot of mocha head. First imperial stout I have seen with more than a fingers worth of head. Smells of alcohol, roasted malts and dark fruits. Tastes of caramel and toffee with a hint of alcohol burn.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
aleigator (783) - GERMANY - APR 3, 2014
Dark brown head, with completely black color. Malt, toffee, burned malts, chocolate, raisins, cream. Lots of ripe fruits in this, plum, raisins, pear, breadish malts, sweet toffee and a sharp espresso note, preventing the beer from being too sweet. Warm, coffeeish bitterness stays very long on the palate. Very smooth mouthfeel, more creamy than oily, great complexity. Fantastic balance, the beer goes from sweet to bitter to earthy, without letting one impression become too present. Even hints of smoke and alcohol, as the beer warms up, adding to the earthy, warm character.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
MattH (781) - California, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle. $2.99 Redondo Beach Total Wine. Aroma of dark roasted malts and spicy hops. Flavor is dark over ripe plum, espresso, and rye. Flavor is on the sweeter side. Medium body and carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrmartin (780) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Black pour with creamy tan head. Nose is very smokey, roasted malts, coffee.Body is rich and creamy, smokey, and sweet. Bittersweet finish. Very well crafted but a tad on the sweet side. Definitely would work well as a dessert.


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