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RATINGS: 744   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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ljstephenson (249) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Pours clear dark brown with a large, creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, beige head. Aroma is malt, roasted coffee. Flavor is moderately sweet with chocolate, mouthfeel is velvety, soft carbonation. Finish is sweet with only moderate presence of alcohol. My absolute favorite Imperial Stout,

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brenn79 (1471) - Idaho, USA - FEB 4, 2012
12 oz. bottle- Pours inky black with a huge dark mocha colored head and spiderweb lacework coats the glass, beautiful looking beer in my tulip. Aroma is chocolatey and dark fruits, prominently plum, mildly spicy. The taste is creamy velvety chocolate with a sweet dark fruitiness, mildly dry bitterness, espresso coffee is there too. Body is huge, creamy, carbonation is medium. Great beer, what I love about it is the Belgian yeast doesn’t overpower any of the other flavors, everything blends wonderfully, will savor my other three bottles.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
climberbob (108) - Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2012
12 oz bottle. Roasty, chocolate aroma. Completely black with a thin tan foam. lightly bitter, umami, full body, thick feel, average carbonation. Everything a great stout should be.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swesson (174) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Big, big, big stout. Reminds me of the first Guiness Extra Foreign I ever tried over 30 years ago. Pours out midnight black and a thick brown head. Rings of lace on the glass. You can smell all the goodness they brewed in such as espresso, figs, and a bit of cinnamon. One of my favorite stouts sampled this year. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Crash_the_dog (141) - Fairway, Kansas, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Wow. Oily black pour with a thick creamy head. Dense lacing, and a multi-faceted nose. Velvety texture and a wallop of an ABV. Absolutely terrific. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Black with a big foamy light brown head. Aroma of roasted grain and coffee. Taste of roasted grain dark chocolate and bitter coffee with notes of citrus and white grapes on the back end.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Appearance: solid black with an espresso crema head, tight and velveteen. Fades slowly, leaving an edge of lace all around the glass.
Nose: black roots, licorice, char and tar, oil and sludge; thick and dense. Blackened earth, singed and also nutrient rich. Branches and twigs, dirty. Brittle burnt dry bakers chocolate and toasted oatmeal. Cinnamon sticks mingle with graham crackers. Burnt caramel and werthers original.
Palate: smooth then burnt than sweet in the finish. Burnt, charred, and ashen woods throughout; the remnants of a brutal forest fire. Whole bars of bakers chocolate, fresh than singed. Cinnamon sticks are an afterthought. Cocoa and truffle powder. Underneath is nutrient rich earth, than fudge, than molten melted oats and chocolate. Black root and vanilla bean. Wisps of smoke in the back and breath. Definitely opens up as warms up. Lovely.
Final Thoughts: a very dense stout without weighing the palate down, an accomplishment given the sheer amount of malts and grains used in brewing this beer. Another classic addition to the Smokestack Series.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10483) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2011
Bottle at the Funky 7, Brooklyn. Pours black with a big, creamy tan head. Superb character all around. Loads of coffee, dark roast malts, burnt sugar. Full bodied with average carbonation. Chocolate and dry roast malts in the finish. Great complexity to this one.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomaspwrs (10) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2011
I think I’ve found my new favorite stout. :) My overall impression was of a delightful, dry dark chocolate... nicely balanced between sweet and bitter. Texture was creamy with light carbonation. The substantial alcohol fit in perfectly without noticeable burn. Color was a rich deep black. I loved it.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
moefriedman (34) - Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Pours dark and thick as oil. Smells fantastically of chocolate and oak. Went down smooth with a great coffee, chocolate, smoky feel. Super balanced and could easily take down a 4 pack in a siting(but didn’t).


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