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RATINGS: 920   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   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.


Kpbutsko's rating

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kpbutsko (23) - - NOV 12, 2013
This is a fantastic beer. You can smell the rich alcohol right from the dark brown sugar colored head. Looks beautifully dark bodied. Can't see a thing in it. Great lacing. Very rich chocolate taste with light bitterness & great roasted malty texture underneath. Fantastic palate, with perfectly blended high alcohol. Not too sweet, but just enough too keep ya comin back for more.. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scooterbub (1022) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - AUG 28, 2016
12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark black with a thin tan head. Taste is of raisins, dark fruit, hops, Similar aroma. Has a decent body with a fruit finish. Overall, not bad.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrjez (440) - Osaka, JAPAN - AUG 3, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2016 Bottle. Pours black with a low tan head, not sticky. Lovely complex aroma, dark fruits, dark chocolate, a touch of rye, booze, Belgian yeast. Sharp bitter flavour, releasing roasted chocolate malt, spice, coffee, berries. Nice smooth feel after the initial fizz, mouth coating, some warmth, medium-full mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (2921) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 17, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2016 Bottle (from beergium). Pours dark brown-black with light brownish head. The head stays. Aroma is sweet, roast, Belgian yeast, spices, fruits, malt. Flavor is sweet and bitter, fresh fruits, dark chocolate, roast, malt. Finish is sweet and dark chocolate bitter with some fruits and booze. Overall: very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ContemplateBeer (1990) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 11, 2016
6 oz. from a 12 oz. bottle; from Old Town. Aroma: Moderate fig jam; moderate coffee roast; light chocolate fudge; light molasses. Appearance: Dark garnet brown with very soft carbonation holding up a wispy tan head. Flavor: Strong fig and molasses initially; roast and chocolate thereafter but in a more dried-out way; the finish has a touch of smoke. Palate: Full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, abrupt finish. Overall: Quite good all around; I like that the sweetness/booze level were both kept well in check; the fruitiness here also reminds me a bit of foreign stouts, which I enjoy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markextrae (3713) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 7, 2016
sample from bottle, poured a darker black colour with a small tanned ring on top. nose of some light toasted malts, dark fruits, mocha, light sweet cacao, earthy plums, and a slight belgian yeast notice. taste has more roasted malts notice, ashy, and sweet dark fruits. bitter chocolate makes it a bit dry.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
v8powered (146) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 4, 2016
Pours dark black with tan head. Aroma of malt, Belgian yeast, candied sugar, and alcohol. Flavor of big malty stout with dried fruit, and Belgian yeast. Didn't know this had Belgian yeast when I got it but it is an interesting flavor that brings out the fruitiness of the malt. Well balanced and enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Block (2206) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 26, 2016
Dark black pour. Thin brown head. Aroma is a little bit roasted, some coffee but not much. Chocolate. Flavor is more chocolate with lots of cooked malts. Not too much alcohol comes through. Smooth.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Zgpt (27) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 18, 2016
Pours black with small dark tan head. Aroma is rich and slightly sour. Deep rich deep and very slightly sour with hints of earth and smoke that do not interrupt the smooth sweet and sour overall flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tnkw01 (1710) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 16, 2016
Bottle. Deep dark brown with a large crown of a tan head. Aroma is notes of dried fruit with hints of roasted grains and mocha. Taste is dried fruit, coffee, chocolate and dark toast.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trapped (2143) - New York, TURKEY - JUN 13, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark brown with slight reddish tint, foamy tan head, mocha aroma, high carbonation, mocha taste with some forest fruits, thick body, long bitter mocha finish. Impressive.


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