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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fratto (2654) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2010
Bottle from Cavie. Dark pour with a nice head. Aroma is sweet malts, roasted, chocolate, biscuit, spice, and alcohol. Taste is pepper, roasted, bitter cocoa, and a little coffee.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (6434) - Hastings, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Pours deep brown/black with tan head, aroma is some spice, dark fruit, and sweet caramel. Taste up front is some spice from the hops and the rye, leading into a roasted, chocolate, and coffee middle with a fairly smoky finish. Pretty good!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3388) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2010
750ml bottle 5/13/10 (Whole Foods-Austin)-58° in Snifter-Pours a pitch black with a huge tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, smoke chocolate, and coffee. Taste of the same with more smoke coming out. This full bodied brew is well balanced and quite delicious. Another great Smokestack brew.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RexTalionis (2615) - FINLAND - JUL 3, 2013
Bottled. Pours black in color with a thick creamy tanned head. Roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla and coffee liqour in aroma. A bit of sweet chocolate kind of notes in taste, but there’s also some tart feeling, which has a certain vibe of sour berries in it. Interesting, feels a bit like a fruity and slightly roasted dark chocolatey brew in aftertaste. Works well as a dessert together with some rum cocktail vanilla icecream. Sweet and roasted and a bit boozy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brandman (2144) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2013
Pitch black body, brown head. Aroma has sveet smoked malt, sweet berries dark fruits, roasted malt. Flavour is bit thin and sweet with some caramel. Some alcohol and slick maltiness and cold Coffee. Everything seems to be ok, but something is Missing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (5321) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 15, 2013
Bottled @ gbbf, small sample. Dark color, short brown head. Aroma is roasty, some chocolate and coffee. Bit bitter, bit sweet. Again not overly powerful, but nicely balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (1876) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle 10.26.14 best by date poured into a snifter. Pours black with dark brown hightlight andmedium light brown head. Nice sweet roasty aroma. Some small bubble lacing, medium body, and medium carbonation. Taste is roasty, some nuts, some coffee, some fruit, and dry finish. Not one of my favorites.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gachupines (954) - USA - SEP 23, 2013
Black with a thin tan head. Aroma is burnt coffee and milk with a touch of nuttiness. Flavor is smoky and a little burnt with a bittersweet finish. A tiny but cloying. Wife: 3.5

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monk191 (1092) - California, USA - SEP 24, 2013
A very unique stout. Pours a nice inky black with a dark tan head. Smells like hickory smoked beef jerky. More of that in the taste. Starts off sweet and creamy, but ends with a bunch of smoke. Maybe slightly too much in the aftertaste, but good stuff! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rubbishystuff (1872) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2013
From WLVL. Less like drinking bourbon soaked wood like some other Imperial Stouts. The Belgian yeast gives it a little bit of a quadruple like quality, to the coffee, chocolate, licorice, still somewhat boozy woody stout. Serving: Bottle


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