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RATINGS: 802   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mike_in_Kansas (23) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Purchased 12 oz. bottle from Top Cellars Wine and Spirits in Olathe, KS with a "best by" date of 11/9/14 and served in an English pint glass. Pours black but clear, not murky; produces a very large frothy dark tan head. As carbonation dissipates, head turns much creamier and eventually rocky with a very long duration and good lacing. The nose is moderately malty with chocolate and a toasted smell. Also able to pick up light citrusy hops with just a tinge of a medicinal odor. Overall very pleasant. Initial roasted chocolatey flavor is moderate, slightly sweet but not too strong from a pour this dark. Finish starts sweet but ends up dry with a slight smokey taste. Body is fairly full with a nice creamy mouthfeel and smooth finish in the throat with just a slight bit of alcohol. Although the beer is very carbonated when first poured, the carbonation quickly leaves and it becomes fairly still and almost flat, similar to a draught stout. Overall a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerdedone (2703) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle. Pours motor oil black with a creamy tan head that left spotty lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and dark fruit. Flavor of dark chocolate, roasted malts, black coffee, smoke, licorice, dark fruit and some subtle caramel. Velvety smooth texture, full body, roasty dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmohno (1118) - Iowa, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Black duh. Some head short lasting. Fig raison leather aroma chocolate bready roast . hops with lots of chocolate fig and good complexity. Well worth its price was getting tired of mediocre overpriced beers till I came along to this. I see what people were raving about here this is excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nordcore (1039) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - NOV 18, 2014
Bottle 33 cl. Black with a nice lightbrown head. Dark fruit aroma with some smoke sence. Light bitter, medium sweet with a nice soft plumb and smoke end. bb. 04.12.2015, tested. 14.09.2014

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikkos (210) - FINLAND - NOV 15, 2014
Almost black beer with a toffee colored smallish head. Aroma is huge licorice, dark malts, coffee, cocoa, hops, sweet fruits, plums. Taste is smooth dark malts, cocoa, coffee, sweet fruit (fig?). Rather bitter finish. Smooth, but a bit hard to drink. A beer to enjoy, not to be drank in a hurry :) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hippiemusic (45) - Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2014
O me o my. This is a bold stout. Nice chocolate/coffee taste with a light hop finish. Be careful and g ave only one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (3697) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2014
Bottle. Black pour with brown head. Some chocolate and dry roasted aromas. Light sweet tones, chocolate, dry roasted malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen1 (2692) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 28, 2014
Flaske delt med Ovesen mens vørteren kjøles: eksemplarisk utseende med varig skum. Luksuskaffe, mørk dessertsjokolade, ispedd rosiner, svisker, kryddertoner. En symfoni av gode smaker. Fruktig og samtidig tørr. Boulevard skuffer aldri. Farlig lett å helle over drøvelen, og ettersmaken bare varer og varer...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen2 (1146) - NORWAY - OCT 28, 2014
Bottle shared with JMD at HNB 28.10.14. Persistent foamy brown head and lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, dark coffee and pine. Similar taste, with good bitterness. Perhaps also a hint of liquorice and juniper. Fine aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b33r (682) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2014
Dark black color with large fluffy brown head and some oily lacing. Aroma and flavor have huge toasty, caramel malts, cocoa, and just a light bitterness. Smoky and rich, with little alcohol notes. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
radio_nowhere (899) - Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Bottle into tulip glass, opaque deep black color with fluffy dark tan head. Aroma of deep roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, molasses, dark fruit (plum, raisins), berries, ash, light soy, earthy and lighty herbal. Taste adds notes of caramel, smoke, wood, char, licorice and pine hop bitterness. Heavy body, low carbonation, creamy with lingering roast/pine hop bitterness. Pretty good imperial stout, complex and rich.

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