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RATINGS: 869   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ordybill (596) - 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 didnít 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.

   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, donít 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.

   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

   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. Itís 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 donít. It is quite a complex palate and pretty sweet. Overall I wouldnít mind having this again, though only time will tell if I will buy it again.

   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. Itís about eight months beyond its best by date but is still rather nice and complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeadyDE (569) - 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 wonít buy again..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gringo332 (569) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Pours black with a small caramel head. Aroma of dark chocolate, smoke, hairspray, and some sweetness. Flavour is chocolatey and smokey, quite hoppy with a slight whiskey quality and espresso in the aftertaste. Smooth on the palate with a mildly bitter finish

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
jbrana (562) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2014
I think this bottle was infected. Tastes like green apple jolly ranchers and coffee. Kind of gross.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westkyoto77 (560) - 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.

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