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RATINGS: 722   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HuskerTan (343) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bottle. A- Cocoa, roasty, smokey, soy sauce, anise. A- Black color, black liquid, brown head. T- Worcestershire sauce, bitter cocoa, dark chocolate, smokey, coffee, licorice, alcohol. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, strong finish, O- A good beer but a little bit of a let down for the smokestack series. Some strong notes of soy and Worcestershire sauce and the alcohol is very present. I do think this would benefit greatly from some barrel aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Concealer (646) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2014
Bottle. Clear dark reddish brown with a brown head that lasts on the sides and laces. Aromas roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, coffee and some boozey warmth. Flavor is roasted malt, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, and some dark fruit and warmth on the end. Medium bodied, lingering roastiness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Experiment_Ale (650) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2014
Bottle at Bottleshop. Aroma is chocolate, nutmeg, burnt. Taste is chalky burnt malt, charred wood, old cocoa, burnt skin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
aleigator (90) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - APR 3, 2014
Dark brown head, with completely black color. Malt, toffee, burned malts, chocolate, raisins, cream. Lots of ripe fruits in this, plum, raisins, pear, breadish malts, sweet toffee and a sharp espresso note, preventing the beer from being too sweet. Warm, coffeeish bitterness stays very long on the palate. Very smooth mouthfeel, more creamy than oily, great complexity. Fantastic balance, the beer goes from sweet to bitter to earthy, without letting one impression become too present. Even hints of smoke and alcohol, as the beer warms up, adding to the earthy, warm character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tightslice (140) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle pour at Martin’s West in Redwood City, CA. A thick brooding beast who invites you in for coffee and donuts at 3 am.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoppygirlcda (29) - Coeur d Alene, Idaho, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Really enjoyed this beer and the description on the bottle aptly describes the beer and what you will experience when you drink it

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (3921) - Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Rated on 8-30-2010 (corked and caged bottle) This beer pours a large frothy, fizzy light brown head that mostly diminishes, opaque black body, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma has a lot going on...roasted malt, chocolate, espresso, hint of licorice, herbal hops, spicy, fruity, and plums. The taste is very active as it is sweet, spicy, dark fruits malt, chocolate, roasty, rich, smokey, yeasty, and has a short dry finish. The palate is smooth and this beer is medium-full bodied. Wow! This beer has so much going on that I most likely missed some aromas and flavors! It is a complex beer with so much going on, but in a good way. It is a sipping beer with a rich taste. It is definitely worth trying and a beer I would look forward to drinking again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
strongpieman (1388) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Strong roasted aroma with smoke and hints of alcohol. Smooth and full body. A good flavorful stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VictorStr (982) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2014
Trögflytande svart med högt krämigt kvarliggande skum. Kraftig i smak och aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (1042) - Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Dark pour. Fairly thick. Lots of dark fruits I this one fig and prune. Touch of sweetness. Coffee and chocolate in the back.

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