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RATINGS: 808   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Harpoon tulip glass. The color is dark black with no highlights.Light is not penetrating any part of this beer that I can detect. The head is three and a half fingers of brownish/tan foam with some nice lacing left on the glass. The smell has a little coffee aroma and has just a hint of dark chocolate. There are some black malt aroma here that has a brown bread-like aroma. The taste is has a nice roasty flavor that presents itself with some volume. There is a bold malty push on the tongue that seems at first like it could be unpleasant but then settles into a nice smokey flavor that lets some of the plum and other dark fruit flavor come out. This beer has a big feel to it at first and then eases up some toward the middle. The aftertaste lingers some with some but is not off-putting.

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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brentv (403) - 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 (401) - 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 entree’ beer! A stand-alone beverage that doesn’t need any accompaniment and has an incredibly complex body. Filling and satisfying.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ERB92 (401) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 3, 2014
Coffee, chocolate, leather, dried fruits and licorice in the aroma. Almost black with a tan head. Medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter. Full body with a soft carbonation. Overall a interesting, complex beer with a good rich flavour.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jayzz (399) - Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Dark brown opaque color with a brown head, and a caramel whiskey aroma. Feels fizzy on the tongue, and has notes of coffee whiskey and hops. Very complex flavor.

3
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sjohnny (398) - - 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.

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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
keith0718 (395) - 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 Coast’s 8-Ball Stout...with some slight hints of cherry and chocolate. Blvd. did good on this one!


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