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RATINGS: 880   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wilnatp (639) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Stanley’s Beer Fest 10/6, BOTTLE. Aroma of chocolate, bread, dark fruits, herbs,spices and smoke/roast. Taste is sweet and full. Mouthfeel is smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rauchbierlover (638) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 16, 2013
Deep black with a persistent, good lacing cappuccino head. Aroma is vanilla, taste is bitter. Some roasted coffee note. Bitter finish. Oily texture, soft carbonation

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nsquishee (630) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2011
12oz bottle from SLL. Very dark pour with a thick brown head. Chocolate, molasses, and bread aroma. Sweet and spicy taste. Hop, rye, chocolate, molasses, and black licorice flavors. Nice powerful sipping beer. I would try it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Bottle from local BevMo. Pours very dark black, so they got that part correct. A touch of brown sugar foam laces the surface and stays... but only a film. Aroma is rich of dark fruits and chocolate. Some coffee and leather notes balance out the ample dark malt sweetness. Taste is strong and good. Really strong, actually, for only a 9.7% ABV beer. Solid. Very tasty. Good thorough palate, exploring all the notes from the nose and finishing with a strong warming sensation. Solid, oily mouthfeel and good overall texture. Fine stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiercepanda (610) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
katrinaez (610) - 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

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (605) - New York, USA - APR 20, 2015
Bottled. Best NY 11/25/16. Pours black with a sizeable light tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, tons of Belgian dark fruits come through. Plums, raisins, figs, smells like a quad with intense roasted malts and coffee. Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, big Belgian quad fruits, some spice character, and bitter coffee finish. The Belgian quality and dark fruits really stand out here.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
samsmith33 (603) - - APR 24, 2015
Bottle to goblet. ,,,appearance: Dark black color. Thick. Above avg. Tan head.....Aroma is whiskey, rye, toasted barley. ..... Taste is plum , BlackBerry, oolong tea? Some chocolate. Something a little funky and overly sour at the finish, but it doesn?t ruin it. Feel is silky smooth, with lasting carbonation. The head seems to reform every time I put the beer down with a slight drop.Glad I picked this 4 pack up in VA, since I?ve not seen it in NJ. Aging one of the bottles.Good stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeadyDE (602) - 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..

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