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RATINGS: 804   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Pours deep chocolate with a huge, dark mocha head. Nose offers lovely chocolate, dark fruits. Good carbonation, medium to heavy mouthfeel. Intense dark coffee on the palate, lots of roast, along with some of that fruit, and a significant resiny hop finish. The rye really comes through on the finish, along with a hint of savoriness. A nice strong stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
musinj6 (410) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Pours an opaque black with brownish-red, creamy head. Moderate coffee and black licorice aroma with ever so slight smokiness. Creamy, lingering palate with light, soft carbonation. Boozy and slightly sweet up front with very long finish with mild but very apparent bitterness. Very good stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - SEP 15, 2010
tap at flying saucer beerfest. pours dark black with towering tan head. aromas of chocolate, burnt leaves and coffee. flavors in the mouth are the same with a moderate sweetness. fairly long finish. pretty darn good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
natejgood (397) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Pours dark with a thick brown head. The aroma is rich and malty with lots of roasty smells with coffee and chocolate. This beer has a sweet dark chocolate flavor with malt and molasses. Though the flavor is somewhat sweet, this beer has enough bitterness to balance the sweetness nicely. This is a high alcohol beer and it tastes like it a bit. This is a solid dark winter stout.

3
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sjohnny (393) - - OCT 11, 2012
No aroma whatsoever. Strange. Solid black with a thick tan head. Lots of lacing. Starts off with coffee and a little molasses. Slightly bitter. Not bad.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brentv (388) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Bottle pour. Dark black with huge beige head, lots of which sticks to the glass. Aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is roasted malts, bitter chocolate with a hint of sweetness, some plum and dark fruits. Creamy mouthfeel. Lots of nice carbonation. This stout is dark and complex, both bitter and sweet. Dry finish. Chocolate aftertaste where the sweetness comes through. Very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AbbeyRoade (385) - Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Wow! Very full-bodied, deep, dark fruit flavors of fig or plum and a bit of espresso as well. A tad bit of chocolate detected. Wonderful as a dessert by itself or even an entreeí beer! A stand-alone beverage that doesnít need any accompaniment and has an incredibly complex body. Filling and satisfying.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ataraxia (385) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Pours a dark brown with a light beige head. Roasted malts, bread, plums, chocolate, and resiny hops. Crisp, medium body, long bitter finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
keith0718 (384) - Kansas, USA - APR 23, 2010
Pretty easy-drinking for a 9.7% imp. stout. Not the malt bomb of a Yeti or even a Rasputin. I would describe it as an imperial version of Lost Coastís 8-Ball Stout...with some slight hints of cherry and chocolate. Blvd. did good on this one!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
temporrari (383) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 5, 2011
12 oz Bottle. Pour is awfully dark. No light coming through when held up to a lamp. Head is medium and tan, a little fluffy. Nice looking overall. I get a good amount of spiciness from the nose right away. A slower, deep inhale reveals some stout character. A little dark fruit, some roast. Sipping it, the carbonation is a little high in my opinion. I know itís got a Belgian yeast in there but, Iíd have toned it down a notch, personally. Itís more a stout than a Belgian. Itís pretty good though, the flavor is rather fruity. Long finish that coats the tongue, but the lively carbonation distracts. Itís good, it could be great.


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