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RATINGS: 875   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiercepanda (608) - Missouri, USA - JUN 3, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2011 A black beer with a red tinge and a thick tan head. The aroma is plum, dried fruit, and a slight smokiness. The flavor is roasted and smoky with a rich taste of raisin and prune. Well balanced and extremely smooth despite the high ABV.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aaron68 (608) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 8, 2014
355 ml bottle @ home, July 08, 2014. Beer from a tulip glass. Beer bought @ "Vinmonopolet Vika", Oslo. Black in color with a beige head and medium carbonation. A bit alcohol up front. Aroma is roasted malt,coffee,dark chocolate and some soy sauce and dark dried fruits. Tastes malt and coffee and has a bit crisp and bittersweet touch. Nice for us who love coffee. Probably even better in taste if served with some dark chocolate or a chocolate cake made of real Belgian chocolate. Tastes

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 30, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 Bottle. A - Deep black color with a large, foamy, fluffy, billowy, cafe colored head. Very good retention with a nice foamy lace left. S - Interesting aroma. Earthy, spicy hops and a rye like aroma. Nutty, cocoa, hints of tobacco. Also some dark fruit, especially plum. Roasted malt and chocolate as well. T - Similar to the nose. Plenty of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and spicy and earthy hops and a touch of grassiness (German hoppiness). Some dark fruit, plum and fig. Hints of coffee. A nice stout bitterness. M - Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Bit of a sticky finish. D - Very drinkable stout, especially given the ABV. Very tasty with a great mix of malt and hops. Notes: Really enjoyable stout. Great balance of malt and hops with a nice bitterness. The label says there is English malt, Belgian yeast, and German hops which mix well and are quite tasty. I would definitely recommend this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Very dark brown with large tan head. Aroma is roasted coffee, chocolate, maltiness. Medium-full body, don’t really notice the alcohol. Sweet and roasty up front, drier on the finish with some dark fruits and maybe hops. Lots of interesting elements perhaps not all in ideal balance.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeadyDE (592) - Delaware, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Bottle pour into snifter..almost pitch black..larger than expected head..not much in carbonation as expected..slight head remains throughout..aroma of mostly vinegar..cross between balsamic and red wine vinegar..also getting the plum on the nose perhaps with black cherry as well..leaning towards the Russian imperial style lately and this seems to be a stranger hybrid of the imperial stout style..the Belgian yeast does seem to provide some of the fruitiness and a bit of the funk characteristics..but just not feeling this one as much as some of the other smokestack offerings..interesting cross of styles..but just seems to lack a true identity..probably won’t buy again..

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Pours black with a tan head. Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, alcohol. It's a little too sweet for my liking. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
katrinaez (586) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2015
UPDATED: APR 5, 2015 Definitely a high smoke flavor but not overwhelming. Deep coloring. Flavor is not extra rich but still strong. Bottle

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 10, 2011
Smells smokey / oakey? Its appearance is truly dark. It’s taste is really complex for a stout, especially if you hold it in your mouth, and while girls would probably find it too bitter somehow, I really don’t. It is quite a complex palate and pretty sweet. Overall I wouldn’t mind having this again, though only time will tell if I will buy it again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2012
Pours a gorgeous black with a thick brown head and thick lacing. Smells like fudge, coffee grounds and anise. Tastes of dark chocolate, cream, coffee, and raisins. It’s about eight months beyond its best by date but is still rather nice and complex.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
jbrana (580) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2014
I think this bottle was infected. Tastes like green apple jolly ranchers and coffee. Kind of gross.


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